No. 8 Bruins Blank No. 25 Arizona, 7-0

March 12, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The Eighth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team snapped its uncharacteristic three-match losing streak Friday with an impressive 7-0 decision over No. 25 Arizona at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins, who narrowly defeated the Wildcats, 4-3 back on Feb. 21 in Tucson, improve to 10-5 on the year. Arizona drops to 8-5.

Unlike the first time these two teams met, UCLA managed to win the doubles point Friday, taking victories on court Nos. 1 and 3. The doubles point was clinched at the No. 1 position, where UCLA's Alberto Francis / Kris Kwinta, ranked No. 19 in the nation, defeated Roger Matalonga/Colin O'Grady, 8-3. With the victory, Francis and Kwinta improve to 25-6 on the season.

With the exception of two matches, the Bruins cruised in singles action. UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the match when No. 52 Chris Lam posted a convincing 6-1, 6-1 decision over Tom Lloyd at the No. 2 position. Right next to Lam on court No. 3, the 36th-ranked Kwinta registered a 6-3, 6-3 win over Arizona's Whi Kim.

The match was clinched at the No. 4 position, where Francis, ranked No. 95, posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory over O'Grady. The only other straight-set winner for the Bruins on Friday was Chris Surapol , who knocked off Paul Warkentin, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.

UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Philipp Gruendler were both able to recover from first-set losses to win in three. Gruendler, ranked No. 86, lost the first set 6-0 to Daniel Andrus before winning the next two 6-3, 6-2. Clemens, the No. 6-ranked player in the nation, stormed back to defeat Matalonga, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot.

The Bruins return to action tomorrow, hosting No. 22 Arizona State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Opponents Score 8-3 8-4 Gruendler/Surapol (UCLA) def. Kim/Tim Mullane (UofA) 8-6
1. (19) Francis/Kwinta (UCLA) def. Matalonga/O'Grady (UofA)
2. Andrus/Warkentin (UofA) def. Clemens/Lam (UCLA)
UCLA WinsDoubles Point


Opponents Score 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 6-1, 6-1 6-3, 6-3 6-3, 6-2 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 6-4, 6-1
1. (6) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) def. Roger Matalonga (UofA)
2. (52) Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Tom Lloyd (UofA)
3. (36) Kris Kwinta (UCLA) def. Whi Kim (UofA)
4. (95) Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Colin O'Grady (UofA)
5. (86) Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Daniel Andrus (UofA)
6. Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Paul Warkentin (UofA)
Singles Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1
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