Men's Tennis Blanks San Diego, 7-0

Feb. 5, 2003


LOS ANGELES - The No. 1-ranked UCLA men's tennis team claimed the doubles point and didn't drop a set in six singles matches Wednesday, knocking off San Diego, 7-0 in a non-conference match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA improves to 5-0 on the year while San Diego drops to 2-2.

UCLA started the day strong by winning the one point awarded for doubles play, cruising to victories on all three courts. With Marcin Matkowski not playing Wednesday, Bruin freshman Chris Surapol was inserted into the doubles lineup, teaming with Rodrigo Grilli for an 8-3 decision at the No. 3 court. The Bruins' regular doubles teams of Tobias Clemens / Lassi Ketola and Erfan Djahangiri / Alberto Francis also posted victories on the top two courts.

UCLA was just as impressive in singles play, winning all six matches in straight sets. Bruin sophomore Chris Lam saved three set points in the first set of his match with Mirza Koristovic at No. 4 singles, battling back for a 7-5, 6-3 victory.

Bruin freshman Aaron Yovan, who made his dual-match debut Wednesday, turned in perhaps the most impressive showing on the day, defeating San Diego's Nick Caldwell, 6-2, 6-0.

In addition to Lam and Yovan, UCLA also received singles victories from Clemens, Grilli, Djahangiri and Francis.

The Bruins return to the courts this Friday to host Ohio State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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