No. 26 USC Slips Against No. 8 UCLA 5-2

Feb. 28, 2006

The No. 26-ranked USC men's tennis team dropped a tough 5-2 match against crosstown rival UCLA on Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, grabbing two singles wins in the nonconference match against the No. 8 Bruins. The loss moves the Trojans to 6-5 on the season.

The Bruins managed a doubles sweep to tack up the first point of the match against the Trojans, then moved ahead 2-0 with a win at the No. 4 singles slot. Freshman Chong Wang dropped his UCLA opponent 7-5, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to grab the Trojans their first point of the match and make it 2-1, but a win by #3 Benjamin Kohlloeffel over Jamil Al-Agba pulled UCLA back up 3-1. Once again, USC closed in on the match with #91 Kaes Van't Hof's 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 win over #82 Mathieu Dehaine at No. 3 singles.

At the No. 2 position, Dejan Cvetkovic had pushed Haythem Abid into a first-set tiebreaker, then forced another one in the second set. Abid held stong again in the tiebreaker, however, and clinched the match with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win.

USC returns to action on March 10 when #9 Baylor comes to Marks Stadium for a 5 p.m. nonconference battle.

#8 UCLA 5, #26 USC 2

DOUBLES
(1) #10 Gruendler/Kohlloeffe (UCLA) def. Kazarian/Van't Hof (USC) -- 8-6
(2) Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Loucks/Snyder (USC) -- 8-2
(3) Dehaine/Yovan (UCLA) def. Livingston/Cvetkovic (USC) -- 8-4
UCLA wins doubles point

SINGLES
(1) #3 Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Jamil Al-Agba (USC) -- 6-4, 6-3
(2) Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) -- 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)*
(3) #91 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #82 Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) -- 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
(4) Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Jeff Kazarian (USC) -- 7-6 (0), 6-2
(5) #75 Michael Look (UCLA) def. Adam Loucks (USC) -- 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
(6) Chong Wang (USC) def. Aaron Yovan (UCLA) -- 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish: 4, 6, 1, 3, 2, 5* -- match-clinching win

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