No. 6 Men's Tennis Overpowers UC Santa Barbara, 6-1

Feb. 27, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Playing its first dual match since the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, the sixth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team looked strong it its non-conference showdown with UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, taking a 6-1 victory at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

After posting three straight wins in doubles play, the Bruins (8-1) managed to take five of six singels matches to claim the victory. Bruin freshman Ahmed Ismail got his first taste of dual-match play on Wednesday, as he recorded a 6-4, 6-3 win over Eric Lee at the No. 6 position. UCLA went ahead 3-0 not long after, as senior Mathieu Dehaine, ranked No. 25 nationally, posted a 6-3, 6-0 decision against Alexander Konigsfeldt at court No. 3.

Junior Michael Look clinched the match for the Bruins with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Jack Hui at court No. 4. The Bruins also had straight-set wins from Holden Seguso (court No. 2) and Harel Srugo (court No. 1).

UCSB (3-3) got its lone point on the afternoon at court No. 5, where Josh Finkelstein was a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 winner over Bruin senior Jeremy Drean. The loss was Drean's first this season in dual-match play, as he is now 8-1.

UCLA players will be competing at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships this weekend. The Bruins' next dual match will be against No. 24 Rice on March 5 at 1:30 p.m. That match will be at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-3 8-4 Drean/Look (UCLA) def. Nigel Barton/Hejazi (UCSB) 8-3
Pos.
1. Nick Meister /Srugo (UCLA) def. Hui/Therp (UCSB)
2. (47) Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. Finkelstein/Konigsfeldt (UCSB)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point -- Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles

Opponents Score 6-4, 6-3 6-3, 6-1 6-3, 6-0 6-1, 7-5* 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 6-4, 6-3
Pos.
1. (44) Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB)
2. (28) Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Philip Therp (UCSB)
3. (25) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Alexander Konigsfeldt (UCSB)
4. Michael Look (UCLA) def. Jack Hui (UCSB)
5. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) def. Jeremy Drean (UCLA)
6. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Eric Lee (UCSB)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4, 2, 1, 5
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