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.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-5 8-4 Drean/Look (UCLA) def. Dahan/Katsarov (Cal) 8-6
Pos.
1. Geoff Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. (59) Meister/Srugo (UCLA)
2. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. Heavey/Stewart (Cal)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point -- Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles

Opponents Score 6-2, 6-2 5-7, 6-3, (10-4) 7-6(13), 6-4 6-2, Ret. 6-4, 6-4 6-3, 6-4*
Pos.
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
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