No. 6 Bruins Edge No. 19 Trojans, 4-3

Jan. 30, 2004

Results

LOS ANGELES - Sixth-ranked UCLA and No. 19 USC went the distance in men's tennis Friday, with the Bruins pulling out a close, 4-3 victory at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA remains perfect on the year at 4-0, while the Trojans fall to 2-1. The match does not count in the Pac-10 standings, however the Bruins do pick up much-needed points in the season-long race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.

The afternoon started with both teams vying to claim the one point awarded for doubles play. UCLA's No. 2 tandem of Tobias Clemens and Chris Lam cruised in their match, posting a convincing 8-1 decision over Parker Collins and Daniel Langre. Shortly thereafter, the Bruins claimed the doubles point with a victory at the No. 3 position, where Philipp Gruendler and Aaron Yovan defeated USC's Drew Hoskins/Brian Wright, 8-3. With the point already decided, USC won at court No. 1, 8-6.

Although the Bruins had the momentum heading into singles play, USC quickly tied the match at one apiece when Ruben Torres registered a 6-4, 6-0 decision over Yovan at the No. 6 spot. Just moments later however, the Bruins went ahead 2-1 when Clemens, who has now won 20-consecutive matches, defeated Johan Berg, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.

Next to finish was court No. 5, where Gruendler, after losing the first set 6-0, came back to win the next two sets against Langre, 6-2, 6-3.

With a 3-1 advantage, UCLA clinched the match at No. 3 singles, where Bruin junior Alberto Francis defeated Hoskins, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Although UCLA had already clinched the dual-match victory, two matches still remained on court. At the No. 2 position, Trojan freshman Jamil Al-Agba outlasted Lam, 6-1, 7-6(4). At No. 4 singles, Adriano Biasella edged Bruin junior Kris Kwinta, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), (10-7).

Next up for UCLA will be the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 5-7 in Seattle. The Bruins will meet No. 10 Kentucky in the first round next Thursday.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Sunday, May 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Thursday, May 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
Tulsa, OK
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