Fourth-Ranked Men's Tennis Team Downs No. 31 Cal, 6-1
April 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team won a tight doubles point before cruising in singles play on Friday, as the Bruins took a 6-1 victory over No. 31 Cal on at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA improves its record to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears fall to 10-8 and 2-1 in conference action.
After both teams split doubles matches at the top two courts, UCLA's Michael Look and Jeremy Drean won a crucial match at court No. 3 to give the Bruins the point. The Bruin tandem upped its record to 16-1 on the season, breaking Cal's Jonathan Dahan/Bozhidar Katsarov in the final game for an 8-6 victory.
Riding the momentum from a thrilling doubles victory, UCLA cruised in singles play, winning three straight matches to quickly clinch the match.
Look quickly gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead as, after taking the first set 6-2 at court No. 4, his opponent, Dahan, was forced to retire due to injury. That win was followed by No. 38 Harel Srugo at court No. 1, as his 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 92 Kallim Stewart put the Bruins up 3-0.
Freshman Nick Meister clinched the match for UCLA at court No. 6, posting a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Katsarov.
Senior Mathieu Dehaine and freshman Holden Seguso had a little more trouble in their singles matches Friday, but ended up coming out on top in the end. Dehaine needed a 10-point tiebreaker in place of a third set to defeat Pierre Mouillon, 5-7, 6-3, (10-4) at court No. 2, while Seguso survived a marathon first-set tiebreaker to eventually down Eoin Heavey, 7-6(13), 6-4.
UCLA returns to action tomorrow, hosting No. 25 Stanford beginning at 1:00 p.m.
|1.||Geoff Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. (59) Meister/Srugo (UCLA)|
|2.||Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. Heavey/Stewart (Cal)|
|UCLA WinsDoubles Point -- Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3|
|1.||(38) Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. (92) Kallim Stewart (Cal)|
|2.||(23) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Pierre Mouillon (Cal)|
|3.||(45) Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Eoin Heavey (Cal)|
|4.||Michael Look (UCLA) def. Jonathan Dahan (Cal)|
|5.||Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Jeremy Drean (UCLA)|
|6.||Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal)|
|* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6, 5, 2, 3|