Bruins Earn Spot in NCAA Round of 16
May 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The third-seeded UCLA men's tennis team posted its second straight shutout of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, registering a 4-0 victory over Wisconsin in a second round match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA (23-1) advances to face No. 14 Florida State in the round of 16 next Friday in Tulsa, Okla. The Seminoles defeated South Alabama, 4-3 on Sunday in their second-round match.
'I really thought we played a tough Wisconsin team today,' said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. 'Doubles was extremely close and I thought could've gone either way. I thought we came out and played a little bit better in singles. We didn't play our best tennis, but this a match that is definitely going to help us heading into the round of 16.'
Wisconsin (18-10) gave UCLA one of its toughest tests of the season in doubles, as the Bruins came within a few points of going down 0-1 heading into singels play. Jeremy Drean and Michael Look took an 8-5 win at court No. 3, however UCLA found itself down late at both the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Fortunately for UCLA, Mathieu Dehaine and Holden Seguso were able to battle back at court No. 2, eventually taking a 9-7 victory over Michael Dierberger/Luke Rassow-Kantor. The Bruins were also able to fight off two match points at court No. 1, however that match was suspended with the Badgers leading 8-7.
Already beaten down after dropping a close doubles point, Wisconsin's day got that much tougher when it was learned that the Badgers' top player, Moritz Baumann, would be unable to play singles due to injury.
After taking the first set on four of six courts in singles, UCLA went ahead 2-0 in the match when Dehaine registered a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jeremy Sonkin at court No. 3. Drean was also a straight-set winner on Sunday, posting a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Felipe Bellido at the No. 5 spot.
Look lost the first set against Dierberger at court No. 4, but battled back to win 12 of the next 13 games, eventually taking a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win to clinch the match for UCLA.
Both Harel Srugo (court No. 1) and Seguso (court No. 2) had split sets in their singles matches and were in the first game of the third when play was suspended. Nick Meister was up a set and down 2-3 at court No. 6.
The Bruins improve to 14-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this year, marking the second straight season that UCLA has went undefeated at home (UCLA was 15-0 in 2007).
Next Friday's battle with Florida State will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams in men's tennis.
1. (52) Meister/Srugo (UCLA) vs. (49) Moritz Baumann/Polley (Wisc) - 7-8 Susp.
2. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. Dierberger/Rassow-Kantor (Wisc) - 9-7
3. Drean/Look (UCLA) def. Bellido/Sonkin (Wisc) - 8-5
UCLA Wins Doubles Point - Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. (23) Harel Srugo (UCLA) vs. (104) Nolan Polley (Wisc) - 4-6, 6-1 Susp.
2. (40) Holden Seguso (UCLA) vs. Marek Michalika (Wisc) - 6-1, 5-7 Susp.
3. (61) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Jeremy Sonkin (Wisc) - 6-2, 6-3
4. Michael Look (UCLA) def. Michael Dierberger (Wisc) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-0*
5. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Felipe Bellido (Wisc) - 6-4, 6-1
6. Nick Meister (UCLA) vs. Luke Rassow-Kantor (Wisc) - 7-5, 2-3 Susp.
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 3, 5, 4