Men's Tennis Team Pounds UC Irvine, 6-1

April 16, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team played its final regular season home contest at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Wednesday afternoon, registering a 6-1 victory over UC Irvine. The Bruins will now take a 20-1 record into their final match of the regular season this Friday at No. 4 USC.

Although UC Irvine (10-13) lost the doubles point Wednesday, the Anteaters came within a few points of pulling off a doubles upset. After UCLA took an 8-4 win at court No. 1, UC Irvine actually owned match points at the same time at court Nos. 2 and 3. Alex Sundling and Zac Tsai made use of their match point at court No. 2, taking a 9-7 win over Mathieu Dehaine and Holden Seguso. Meanwhile at court No. 3, UCLA's Jeremy Drean and Michael Look fought off a match point at 5-6 in a tiebreaker, eventually coming back to take the next two points and win the pro set 9-8(6).

Possibly looking to make up for their loss in doubles, Dehaine and Seguso were the first to finish their singles matches to give UCLA a 3-0 lead. Dehaine, ranked 27th in the country, steamrolled No. 123 Victor Lamm at court No. 2, winning 6-1, 6-1. That win pushed his winning streak to 13 matches. Next door at court No. 3 Seguso, ranked 52nd, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Trevor Dobson.

Freshman Nick Meister clinched the match for the Bruins at court No. 5, taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Stephen Stege. Harel Srugo (court No. 1) and Ahmed Ismail (court No. 6) were also straight-set winners Wednesday.

UC Irvine avoided the shutout when Khunpol Issara recorded a 6-3, 1-6, (12-10) win over Bruin junior Michael Look at court No. 4.

It marks the second year in a row that UCLA has finished the regular season undefeated in home matches (12-0). The Bruins ended the regular season 13-0 last season and then tacked on two more wins in NCAA Regional play to finish 15-0 at home.

The Bruins and Trojans will play for the 2008 Pac-10 title this Friday at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. Both teams enter the match with perfect 6-0 records in league play. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-4 9-7 Jeremy Drean /Look (UCLA) def. Dobson/Issara (UCI) 9-8(6)
Pos.
1. (45) Meister/Srugo (UCLA) def. Ajay Ahluwalia/Lamm (UCI)
2. Sundling/Tsai (UCI) def. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point - Order of Finish: 123

Singles

Opponents Score 6-4, 6-0 6-1, 6-1 6-3, 6-3 6-3, 1-6, (10-7) 6-2, 6-0* 6-4, 6-1

Pos.
1. (23) Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. Alex Sundling (UCI)
2. (27) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. (123) Victor Lamm (UCI)
3. (52) Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Trevor Dobson (UCI)
4. Khunpol Issara (UCI) def. Michael Look (UCLA)
5. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Stephen Stege (UCI)
6. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Zac Tsai (UCI)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 1, 4, 6
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