No. 3 Bruins Overpower No. 4 Cal, 6-1

April 19, 2003

Results

LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team picked up its 20th victory of the season Saturday, overpowering No. 4 Cal, 6-1 in the regular-season finale for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins now head to NCAAs with a 20-3 overall record, finishing second in the Pac-10 with a 6-1 mark. Cal rounds out the year 18-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Stanford wins the Pac-10 outright after defeating USC, 7-0 Saturday.

The day started with both teams battling for the one point awarded for doubles play. The Bruins took the first match at court No. 3, however Cal quickly answered back with a victory at the No. 2 position. The point was decided at the No. 1 court, where 22nd ranked Rodrigo Grilli and Marcin Matkowski of UCLA edged Cal's Patrick Briaud/John Paul Fruttero, 9-8(5).

The Bruins carried their momentum from doubles into singles play, taking the first set on all six courts. First to finish was court No. 3, where Grilli defeated Cal's Or Dekel, 6-3, 7-5 for a 2-0 UCLA advantage. UCLA would go ahead 3-0 when Erfan Djahangiri posted a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Balazs Veress at the No. 5 spot.

The dual match was clinched at the No. 1 position, as fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens defeated Fruttero, 6-3, 6-2, putting the Bruins ahead, 4-0. Clemens is now 30-4 on the season and 18-2 in dual-match play. He is also on a 10-match winning streak.

With the dual already decided, three matches remained on court. Matkowski finished off Cal's Conor Niland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at the No. 2 position and within seconds, the Golden Bears picked up their only point of the day at court No. 4, where Robert Kowalczyk knocked off Bruin sophomore Chris Lam, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In the final match of the afternoon, Bruin senior Lassi Ketola went the distance with Cal's Wayne Wong, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4).

UCLA now focuses its attention on the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 25-28. Following Ojai, the Bruins will find out if they are selected to host the NCAA Regionals, May 10-11 at the LATC. The 16-team NCAA Championships will be held in Athens, Ga., May 15-23.


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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
Friday, May 13
vs. Weber State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, May 14
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, May 20
vs. Stanford
Tulsa, OK
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
L, 3 - 4
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS