Fourth-Seeded UCLA Advances to NCAA Round of 16

May 16, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The fourth-seeded UCLA men's tennis team earned a trip to next week's NCAA Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla., after posting a 4-0 victory over local rival Pepperdine in a regional final Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA (20-5) will next face Texas A&M (24-8) on Saturday, May 22.

UCLA, winners of 11 in a row, came out strong in doubles, winning a pair of crucial matches to claim the one point awarded for doubles play. Following an 8-5 Pepperdine win at court No. 1, UCLA rallied to claim two 8-5 decisions on court Nos. 2 and 3.

In singles play, UCLA's Philipp Gruendler put the Bruins ahead 2-0 when he knocked off Richard Johnson, 6-3, 6-0 at court No. 6. Right next to Gruendler on court No. 5, Bruin junior Kris Kwinta followed suit, posting a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alexis Rafidision to put UCLA up 3-0.

The dual match was clinched at the No. 3 position, where UCLA's Chris Lam defeated Alexandre Herrera, 6-4, 7-6(2). When play was suspended, both Alberto Francis and Luben Pampoulov were up a set in their matches. Tobias Clemens had split sets against Pedro Rico at court No. 1.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-5 8-5 Clemens/ Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Rafidison/Rico (Pepp) 8-5
Pos.
1. (60) Doerner/Herrera (Pepp) def. (7) Francis/Kwinta (UCLA)
2. (27) Gruendler/Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Kevin Borzenski/Hansen (Pepp)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point

Singles

Opponents Score Susp. Susp. 6-4, 7-6(2) Susp. 6-1, 6-3 6-3, 6-0
Pos.
1. (7) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) vs. (21) Pedro Rico (Pepp)
2. (67) Luben Pampoulov (UCLA) vs. (59) Calle Hansen (Pepp)
3. (60) Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Alexandre Herrera (Pepp)
4. (63) Alberto Francis (UCLA) vs. Scott Doerner (Pepp)
5. (88) Kris Kwinta (UCLA) def. Alexis Rafidison (Pepp)
6. (107) Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Richard Johnson (Pepp)
* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3
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