No. 4 Bruins Down Hawai'i, 4-1 in Season Opener

Jan. 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team won its season opener at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday, posting a 4-1 victory over Hawai'i in a first round match that was part of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Next up for the Bruins is a meeting with No. 17 Pepperdine on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The winner of that match will advance to the ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 11-14 at the University of Virginia. The Waves beat South Florida, 4-0 in their first round showdown on Saturday.

UCLA started the match strong, taking a pair of quick doubles wins to take a 1-0 lead. In singles, Bruin freshman Maxime Tabatruong showed no signs of nerves in his first dual match for UCLA, easily dispatching of Daniel Llarenas, 6-1, 6-3 at court No. 6.

Hawai'i then cut the lead to 2-1 when Dennis Lajola downed Bruin senior Haythem Abid, 6-3, 6-4 at court No. 1. It was as close as the Warriors would get, however, as Nick Meister (court No. 3) and Amit Inbar (court No. 5) each posted straight-set to give UCLA a 4-1 victory.

When play was suspended, Holden Seguso was down a set and tied at 4-4 in the second set at court No. 2, and Matt Brooklyn was up 3-1 in the second set after winning the first at court No. 4.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend is going on at a number of college campuses across the country.

#4 UCLA 4, #42 Hawaii 1
Jan 30, 2010 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Abid/Seguso (UCLA) def. Lajola/Tweedt (UH) 8-3
2. Inbar/Meister (UCLA) def. Eberhard/Weber (UH) 8-1
3. #36 Brooklyn/Kallim Stewart (UCLA) vs. Llarenas/Rosenberg (UH) 6-3, unfinished
Singles competition
1. Dennis Lajola (UH) def. Haythem Abid (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
2. Holden Seguso (UCLA) vs. Andreas Weber (UH) 3-6, 4-4, unfinished
3. #94 Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Jeremy Tweedt (UH) 6-4, 6-1
4. Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) vs. Leo Rosenberg (UH) 7-5, 3-1, unfinished
5. #118 Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. Philipp Eberhard (UH) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Daniel Llarenas (UH) 6-1, 6-3

Match Notes
Hawaii 3-1; National ranking #42
UCLA 1-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,3,5)

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