No. 6 Bruins Down No. 18 Texas A&M, 5-2

Feb. 25, 2007

LOS ANGELES - The sixth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team upped its record to 8-2 on the season on Sunday, downing No. 18 Texas A&M, 5-2 in a non-conference battle at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

UCLA began the day by taking a very close doubles point with victories at the top two courts. After an 8-4 UCLA win at court No. 1, Texas A&M answered back with an 8-6 decision at court No. 3. The Bruins ended up clinching the point at the No. 2 spot, where Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol defeated Matt Bain/Conor Pollock, 8-6.

The Bruins continued to take control in singles play, going up 3-0 in the match with victories at court Nos. 1 and 2. Abid was the first off at court No. 2, as he posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Texas A&M's Brad Williams. Fifth-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel wasn't far behind, downing Jerry Makowski, 6-2, 6-1 at the top position.

The Aggies eventually got on the board, as Bain was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over UCLA's Michael Look at court No. 6. The match was clinched just moments later, however, as Bruin senior Philipp Gruendler defeated Luka Ocvirk, 7-6(1), 6-4 at court No. 4.

In the final two matches of the day, UCLA's Mathieu Dehaine defeated Clay Donato, 7-5, 6-4 at court No. 5, while Pollock downed Surapol, 5-7, 6-3, (10-4) at court No. 3.

Texas A&M, which also lost to USC on Friday, falls to 6-3 overall with the loss. UCLA returns to action on Wednesday, hosting defending national champion Pepperdine at 1:30 p.m. The Waves are currently ranked eighth in the country.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-4 8-6 Donato/John Nallon (A&M) def. Dehaine/ Jeremy Drean (UCLA) 8-6
Pos.
1. Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (47) Brett Joelson/Wooten (A&M)
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Bain/Pollock (A&M)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point

Singles

Opponents Score 6-2, 6-2 6-2, 6-4 5-7, 6-3, (10-4) 7-6(1), 6-4* 7-5, 6-4 6-4, 6-4
Pos.
1. (5) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Jerry Makowski (A&M)
2. Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Brad Williams (A&M)
3. Conor Pollock (A&M) def. (80) Chris Surapol (UCLA)
4. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Luka Ocvirk (A&M)
5. Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Clay Donato (A&M)
6. Matt Bain (A&M) def. Michael Look (UCLA)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6, 4, 5, 3
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