Men's Tennis Edges San Diego State, 4-3

Feb. 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES - Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a year, the seventh-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (5-2) got back in the win column Tuesday, registering a 4-3 victory over San Diego State (3-2) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Tuesday's win serves as a warm-up for one of the biggest competitions of the year, as the Bruins head to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships beginning this Friday in Seattle, Wash.

UCLA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match when the Bruins' No. 1 duo of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Markus Dickhardt/Benedikt Stronk. That win was preceded by Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol cruising to an 8-1 victory in their match at the No. 2 position.

UCLA freshman Michael Look, who did not play doubles, came out fresh in singles play, as he was the first to finish, quickly downing 85th-ranked Robert Sabo, 6-1, 6-1 at court No. 6. The Bruins took a 3-0 lead in the match not long after, as Surapol posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Anthony Gomez at court No. 4.

Although the Aztecs got on the board when Dickhardt upset 75th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine in straight sets at court No. 3, Kohlloeffel ended up clinching the win for UCLA at the No. 1 position, defeating Stronk, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

With the Bruins up 4-1 and the dual already decided, SDSU claimed the final two matches of the day, as Christian Groh and Stephan Timu won at court Nos. 2 and 5 respectively.

UCLA faces No. 10 LSU in the opening round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors this Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-4 8-1 Groh/S. Timu (SDSU) def. Dehaine/Yovan (UCLA) 8-4
Pos.
1. Philipp Gruendler /Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Dickhardt/Stronk (SDSU)
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Sabo/Billy Timu (SDSU)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point

Singles

Opponents Score 6-1, 4-6, 6-2* 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 6-1, 7-5 6-2, 6-2 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 6-1, 6-1

Pos.
1. (3) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Benedikt Stronk (SDSU)
2. Christian Groh (SDSU) def. Haythem Abid (UCLA)
3. Markus Dickhardt (SDSU) def. (75) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA)
4. Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Anthony Gomez (SDSU)
5. Stephan Timu (SDSU) def. Aaron Yovan (UCLA)
6. Michael Look (UCLA) def. (85) Robert Sabo (SDSU)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 1, 2, 5
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