No. 4 Men's Tennis Defeats No. 17 Cal, 6-1

Feb. 3, 2006

Berkeley, Calif. - In a match much closer than the final score indicated, the fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team survived its first true test of the 2006 season Friday, recording a 6-1 victory over No. 17 Cal in a non-conference showdown at the Hellman Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins remain undefeated on the season at 4-0, while the Golden Bears drop their first match of the year, falling to 2-1.

Although the Bruins claimed the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the match, the Golden Bears came out strong in singles play, winning the first set on three of six courts. Cal's Conor Niland tied the match at 1-1 when he upset third-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 1 position.

UCLA junior Philipp Gruendler, playing his first singles match since the Bruins' season opener against San Diego, gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead when he downed 79th-ranked Daniel Sebescen, 6-2, 6-3 at court No. 4. The Bruins went ahead 3-1 shortly thereafter, as Chris Surapol was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Ken Nakahara at court No. 5.

Freshman Haythem Abid clinched the match for UCLA at court No. 2, rallying from a set down to defeat Lennart Maack, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

With the match already decided, UCLA's Jeremy Drean and Mathieu Dehaine both pulled out three setters to give the Bruins a 6-1 victory.

UCLA has another tough road test on Saturday, as the Bruins take on No. 12 Stanford at 1:00 p.m. The Pac-10 counting matches against these two schools will not be until early April at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.


Opponents Score 8-2 8-4 Dehaine/ Aaron Yovan (UCLA) def. Maack/Sebescen (Cal) 8-6
1. Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Heavey/Niland (Cal)
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Browne/Dean Wallace (Cal)
UCLA WinsDoubles Point


Opponents Score 6-3, 6-2 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2) 6-2, 6-3 7-5, 6-4 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-3

1. Conor Niland (Cal) def. (3) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA)
2. Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Lennart Maack (Cal)
3. (75) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. (55) Tyler Browne (Cal)
4. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. (79) Daniel Sebescen (Cal)
5. Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Ken Nakahara (Cal)
6. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Eoin Heavey (Cal)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 3
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