May 16, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-seeded UCLA men's tennis team earned a trip to next week's NCAA Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla., after posting a 4-0 victory over local rival Pepperdine in a regional final Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA (20-5) will next face Texas A&M (24-8) on Saturday, May 22.
UCLA, winners of 11 in a row, came out strong in doubles, winning a pair of crucial matches to claim the one point awarded for doubles play. Following an 8-5 Pepperdine win at court No. 1, UCLA rallied to claim two 8-5 decisions on court Nos. 2 and 3.
In singles play, UCLA's Philipp Gruendler put the Bruins ahead 2-0 when he knocked off Richard Johnson, 6-3, 6-0 at court No. 6. Right next to Gruendler on court No. 5, Bruin junior Kris Kwinta followed suit, posting a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alexis Rafidision to put UCLA up 3-0.
The dual match was clinched at the No. 3 position, where UCLA's Chris Lam defeated Alexandre Herrera, 6-4, 7-6(2). When play was suspended, both Alberto Francis and Luben Pampoulov were up a set in their matches. Tobias Clemens had split sets against Pedro Rico at court No. 1.
|1.||(60) Doerner/Herrera (Pepp) def. (7) Francis/Kwinta (UCLA)||8-5|
|2.||(27) Gruendler/Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Kevin Borzenski/Hansen (Pepp)||8-5|
|3.||Clemens/ Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Rafidison/Rico (Pepp)||8-5|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(7) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) vs. (21) Pedro Rico (Pepp)||Susp.|
|2.||(67) Luben Pampoulov (UCLA) vs. (59) Calle Hansen (Pepp)||Susp.|
|3.||(60) Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Alexandre Herrera (Pepp)||6-4, 7-6(2)|
|4.||(63) Alberto Francis (UCLA) vs. Scott Doerner (Pepp)||Susp.|
|5.||(88) Kris Kwinta (UCLA) def. Alexis Rafidison (Pepp)||6-1, 6-3|
|6.||(107) Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Richard Johnson (Pepp)||6-3, 6-0|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3|