Men's Tennis Blanks Colorado, 4-0 in NCAA 2nd Rd.

May 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES - The defending NCAA Champion UCLA men's tennis team moved a step closer in its quest to repeat Sunday, dispatching of Colorado, 4-0 in an NCAA Second Round match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the 10th-seeded Bruins (19-5) advance to face seventh-seeded Illinois (24-6) in next week's round of 16 in Stanford, Calif.

UCLA's Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol clinched the doubles point for the Bruins at court No. 2, registering an 8-4 victory over Geoffrey Chizever/Chad Tsuda. That win was preceded by an 8-3 victory at court No. 1 by Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler, who have now won 25 matches in a row. The duo is currently ranked second in the country.

Kohlloeffel, the nation's No. 1-ranked player, was even more impressive in singles Saturday, as he downed 51st-ranked Eric Molnar, 6-0, 6-0 at court No. 1. Kohlloeffel improves to 39-4 overall on the year and has won 19 of his last 20 matches.

Surapol was next to finish at court No. 5, as he put the Bruins ahead 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tsuda. Surapol owns a 20-1 record in dual-match play this season with his only defeat coming in UCLA's 4-3 loss to top-ranked Georgia at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors.

Abid finished things off for the Bruins at court No. 2, recording a 6-2, 6-4 match-clinching victory over Peter Bjork.

When play was suspended, Mathieu Dehaine was up 7-5, 4-3 at court No. 3, while both Gruendler (court No. 4) and Michael Look (court No. 6) were up 2-1 in the third set of their respective matches.

UCLA and Illinois last faced off during the 2004 NCAA Semifinals in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins won that match 4-3, snapping what still stands as the nation's longest winning streak at 64 matches.

Doubles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(2) Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Bundalo/Molnar (CU)8-3
2.Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Geoffrey Chizever/Tsuda (CU)8-4
3.Dehaine/ Jeremy Drean (UCLA) vs. Dvorak/Zelezny (CU)6-6
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(1) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (51) Eric Molnar (CU)6-0, 6-0
2.Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Peter Bjork (CU)6-2, 6-4*
3.(100) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) led Marko Bundalo (CU)7-5, 4-3
4.Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) led Jan Zelezny (CU)3-6, 6-4, 2-1
5.(96) Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Chad Tsuda (CU)6-2, 6-3
6.Michael Look (UCLA) led Marek Dvorak (CU)6-0, 4-6, 2-1
* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2

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