Feb. 26, 2004
LOS ANGELES - UCLA senior Tobias Clemens defeated the nation's top-ranked singles player Thursday, however it wasn't enough as the ninth-ranked Bruins fell to No. 3 Baylor, 5-2 in a men's tennis showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Clemens, ranked No. 5 nationally, came back from a set down to defeat top-ranked Benedikt Dorsch, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Dorsch, who was playing his first match after achieving the No. 1 ranking on Tuesday, was a singles finalist at the NCAA Championships a year ago. Clemens improves to 26-3 on the season with the victory over his countryman.
Clemens' victory was one of the few bright spots on the afternoon for UCLA, which managed just two singles victories. The other came when freshman Philipp Gruendler cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Baylor's Ivor Lovrak at the No. 5 position.
Baylor jumped on UCLA from the start, taking the one point awarded for doubles play. After splitting at the Nos. 1 and 2 courts, the point was decided at the No. 3 position, where UCLA's Gruendler/ Chris Surapol were in a tight match against Benjamin Becker/Matias Marin. Down 6-7 and facing a match point, Gruendler and Surapol managed to battle back to 7-7 before Baylor won the next two games for the 9-7 decision.
Although the Bruins would end up tying the match at 1-1 following Gruendler's singles victory, the Bears won the next four matches to go up 4-1 and clinch the dual match. Court No. 6 was next to finish, as Baylor's Reiner Neurohr defeated Surapol, 6-2, 6-2. Matija Zgaga then put the Bears ahead 3-1 after his 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 61-ranked Chris Lam. The match was clinched at the No. 4 spot, where Becker, ranked No. 8 nationally, defeated UCLA's Alberto Francis, 7-5, 6-4.
Prior to Clemens' win at No. 1 singles, Bruin junior Kris Kwinta managed to extend Marin to a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set before falling, 7-6(5), 5-7, (10-7.
UCLA, which falls to 9-3 overall, will have four days off before travelling across town to face No. 13 USC next Tuesday. Match time is 1:30 p.m. Baylor improves to 8-1 overall with the victory.
|1.||(32) Dorsch/Lovrak (BU) def. (29) Francis/Kwinta (UCLA)||8-5|
|2.||Clemens/Lam (UCLA) def. Neurohr/Zgaga (BU)||8-4|
|3.||Becker/Marin (BU) def. Gruendler/Surapol (UCLA)||9-7|
|Baylor Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(5) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) def. (1) Benedikt Dorsch (BU)||2-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|2.||Matias Marin (BU) def. (73) Kris Kwinta (UCLA)||7-6(5), 5-7, (10-7)|
|3.||Matija Zgaga (BU) def. (61) Chris Lam (UCLA)||6-3, 6-4|
|4.||(8) Benjamin Becker (BU) def. (43) Alberto Francis (UCLA)||7-5, 6-4|
|5.||Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Ivor Lovrak (BU)||6-2, 6-1|
|6.||Reiner Neurohr (BU) def. Chris Surapol (UCLA)||6-2, 6-2|
|Singles order of finish: 5, 6, 3, 4, 2, 1|