Bruins Shutout Gators, 4-0

May 18, 2002


College Station, Texas - The fourth-seeded UCLA men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships Saturday, registering a 4-0 shutout victory over 13th-seeded Florida in the round of 16. With the win, UCLA (22-4) moves on to face 12th-seeded Auburn at 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Sunday. The Tigers were a 4-3 winner over Washington on Saturday.

UCLA came out firing in doubles, quickly taking victories at court Nos. 2 and 3 to claim the one point awarded for doubles play. The Bruins were equally as dominant in singles play, taking the first set on all six courts. First to finish was Tobias Clemens, as he registered a commanding, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Florida's Hamid Mirzadeh at No. 1 singles. UCLA's No. 5 singles player Erfan Djahangiri gave the Bruins a 3-0 advantage following his 6-4, 6-2 victory over UF's Matt Behrmann.

UCLA clinched the dual match at the No. 2 position where Rodrigo Grilli recorded a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Eleazar Magallan.

The Bruins were in control the entire match, as Marcin Matkowski, Lassi Ketola and Jean-Julien Rojer were all leading when play was suspended.

"We have to give credit to Tobias (Clemens) for getting us off to a good start," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "It's good to be able to look down the court and see him doing well. This tournament is what we have worked towards all year. It's an honor to advance to the quarterfinals and we hope to advance to the semifinals."

UCLA, which improves to 8-0 all-time against the Gators, is making its 14th-straight appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Bruins are looking to make their first trip to the semifinals since 1999 when UCLA advanced all the way to the championship match, falling to Georgia, 4-3.

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