Men's Tennis Blanks Colorado, 4-0 in NCAA 2nd Rd.

May 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES - The defending NCAA Champion UCLA men's tennis team moved a step closer in its quest to repeat Sunday, dispatching of Colorado, 4-0 in an NCAA Second Round match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the 10th-seeded Bruins (19-5) advance to face seventh-seeded Illinois (24-6) in next week's round of 16 in Stanford, Calif.

UCLA's Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol clinched the doubles point for the Bruins at court No. 2, registering an 8-4 victory over Geoffrey Chizever/Chad Tsuda. That win was preceded by an 8-3 victory at court No. 1 by Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler, who have now won 25 matches in a row. The duo is currently ranked second in the country.

Kohlloeffel, the nation's No. 1-ranked player, was even more impressive in singles Saturday, as he downed 51st-ranked Eric Molnar, 6-0, 6-0 at court No. 1. Kohlloeffel improves to 39-4 overall on the year and has won 19 of his last 20 matches.

Surapol was next to finish at court No. 5, as he put the Bruins ahead 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tsuda. Surapol owns a 20-1 record in dual-match play this season with his only defeat coming in UCLA's 4-3 loss to top-ranked Georgia at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors.

Abid finished things off for the Bruins at court No. 2, recording a 6-2, 6-4 match-clinching victory over Peter Bjork.

When play was suspended, Mathieu Dehaine was up 7-5, 4-3 at court No. 3, while both Gruendler (court No. 4) and Michael Look (court No. 6) were up 2-1 in the third set of their respective matches.

UCLA and Illinois last faced off during the 2004 NCAA Semifinals in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins won that match 4-3, snapping what still stands as the nation's longest winning streak at 64 matches.


Opponents Score 8-3 8-4 Dehaine/ Jeremy Drean (UCLA) vs. Dvorak/Zelezny (CU) ?????
1. (2) Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Bundalo/Molnar (CU)
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Geoffrey Chizever/Tsuda (CU)
UCLA WinsDoubles Point


Opponents Score 6-0, 6-0 6-2, 6-4* 7-5, 4-3 3-6, 6-4, 2-1 6-2, 6-3 6-0, 4-6, 2-1

1. (1) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (51) Eric Molnar (CU)
2. Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Peter Bjork (CU)
3. (100) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) led Marko Bundalo (CU)
4. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) led Jan Zelezny (CU)
5. (96) Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Chad Tsuda (CU)
6. Michael Look (UCLA) led Marek Dvorak (CU)
* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2
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