Bruins Down Ducks, 6-1

March 30, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Playing its first Pac-10 counting match of the season on Friday, the No. 11 UCLA men's tennis team had little trouble against unranked Oregon, posting a 6-1 victory over the Ducks at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins improve to 12-3 overall (1-0 in the Pac-10), while the Ducks fall to 8-7 (0-1 Pac-10).

UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by sweeping all three doubles matches. After recording an 8-2 victory at the No. 2 spot, followed by an 8-3 win at court No. 3, the Bruins' top team of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel scraped out an 8-7(0) decision over Francisco Gallardo/Marcos Verdasco at court No. 1. With the win, Gruendler and Kohlloeffel, ranked No. 13 nationally, improve to 17-0 this season, including a 14-0 mark in dual-match play.

The Bruins dominance continued in singles play, as Kohlloeffel put the Bruins ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 decision against Verdasco at court No. 1. That victory was followed by Michael Look at court No. 4, as he notched a 6-3, 6-2 win against Oregon's Mike Myrhed. UCLA's Haythem Abid clinched the match for the Bruins at court No. 2, downing Alexander Cornelissen, 6-4, 6-3.

UCLA's Jaysen Chung picked up the first dual-match win of his career on Friday, as the redshirt junior came in at No. 6 singles to defeat Eric Pickard, 6-4, 6-1. The Bruins' other singles win came from Chris Surapol at court No. 3, as he battled back to take a 4-6, 7-5, (15-13) win over Ric Mortera.

Oregon's lone point on the day came at court No. 5, where Geoff Embry downed Bruin junior Jeremy Drean, 6-2, 6-4.The Bruins return to action tomorrow, hosting Washington beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Opponents Score 8-7(0) 8-2 Mathieu Dehaine /Drean (UCLA) def. Embry/Mortera (UO) 8-3
1. (13) Philipp Gruendler /Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Francisco Gallardo/Verdasco (UO)
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Cornelissen/Stephen Weichert (UO)
UCLA WinsDoubles Point


Opponents Score 6-2, 6-0 6-4, 6-3* 4-6, 7-5, (15-13) 6-3, 6-2 6-2, 6-4 6-4, 6-1
1. (5) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO)
2. (40) Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Alexander Cornelissen (UO)
3. (65) Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Ric Mortera (UO)
4. Michael Look (UCLA) def. Mike Myrhed (UO)
5. Geoff Embry (UO) def. Jeremy Drean (UCLA)
6. Jaysen Chung (UCLA) def. Eric Pickard (UO)
* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 6, 5, 3
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