No. 4 Bruins Blank Waves, 4-0 to Reach ITA National Team Indoors

Jan. 31, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Fourth-ranked UCLA had a battle on its hands on Sunday but still managed to prevail without dropping a point, as the Bruins downed No. 17 Pepperdine, 4-0 in a second-round match during ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA (2-0) earns a spot in next month's ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 11-14 in Charlottesville, Va.

The doubles point was close, as UCLA took an 8-3 win at court No. 3, followed by an 8-6 Pepperdine win at court No. 2. Up a break and serving for the match at court No. 1, Holden Seguso and Haythem Abid held to give UCLA the 8-6 win and the doubles point.

Matt Brooklyn and Seguso would each notch straight-set singles wins to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Brooklyn was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Sebastian Fanselow at court No. 4, while Seguso downed Wave freshman Mousheg Hovhannisyan, 6-4, 6-3 at court No. 2.

Abid, who suffered the team's only loss in a 4-1 victory over Hawai'i on Saturday, ended up clinching the match for UCLA with a three-set win at court No. 1. His 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Bassam Beidas sealed a 4-1 win for the Bruins.

The Bruins were leading all three remaining matches when play was suspended. Both Amit Inbar (court No. 5) and Nick Meister (court No. 3) bounced back from first-set losses to lead 3-0 in the third set of their matches. Bruin freshman Maxime Tabatruong was in a second-set tiebreaker after winning the first at court No. 6.

Next up for UCLA is a home match against San Diego on Feb. 6 at 1:00 p.m.

#4 UCLA 4, #17 Pepperdine 0
Jan 31, 2010 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. Abid/Seguso (UCLA) def. Beidas/Hugh Clarke (PEPP) 8-6
2. #52 Llompart/Tearney (PEPP) def. Inbar/Meister (UCLA) 8-6
3. #36 Brooklyn/Kallim Stewart (UCLA) def. Fanselow/Moss (PEPP) 8-3

UCLA Wins Doubles Point

1. Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. #90 Bassam Beidas (PEPP) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
2. Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEPP) 6-4, 6-3
3. #118 Nick Meister (UCLA) vs. #70 Alex Llompart (PEPP) 5-7, 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
4. Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. #96 Sebastian Fanselow (PEPP) 6-2, 6-4
5. #94 Amit Inbar (UCLA) vs. Finn Tearney (PEPP) 4-6, 7-5, 3-0, unfinished
6. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) vs. Daniel Moss (PEPP) 7-6 (7-5), 6-6, unfinished

Match Notes
Pepperdine 2-0; National ranking #17
UCLA 1-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1)
UCLA advances to ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 11-14 in Charlottesville, Va.
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