Feb. 8, 2004
SEATTLE - Top-seeded Illinois handed No. 6 UCLA its first loss of the season Sunday, defeating the Bruins, 4-0 in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Washington.
Illinois, which has won 39-consecutive matches dating back to last year, never let UCLA (7-1) into the match. The Illini came out strong in doubles play, taking victories on the top two courts to take the doubles point. The Bruins' lone win on the day came at No. 3 doubles, where Philipp Gruendler and Chris Surapol defeated Ryler DeHeart/Pramod Dabir, 8-4.
Unfortunately for UCLA, Illinois was just as dominant in singles play, quickly taking three matches for the 4-0 victory.
First to finish was court No. 4, where Chris Martin defeated Bruin junior Kris Kwinta, 6-2, 6-0. Next off was court No. 6, where G.D. Jones defeated Surapol, 6-1, 7-6(5).
The match was clinched at the No. 1 position, as Brian Wilson defeated Tobias Clemens, 6-3, 6-4. The loss snapped Clemens' 22-match winning streak.
When play was suspended, Gruendler was up a set and tied at 5-5 in the second at No. 5 singles. Alberto Francis was in a third set at the No. 3 position, while Chris Lam had lost the first, but was up 4-1 in the second set at the No. 2 spot.
Illinois is the defending champion at the Indoors and captured last season's NCAA Championship as well.
Lam received the USTA Sportsmanship Award at the Indoors on Saturday.
UCLA is off this week and will next face BYU on Feb. 17 at home beginning at 1:30 p.m.