Bruins Down Tigers, 4-2 at National Team Indoors

Feb. 17, 2006

LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked UCLA men's tennis team started off the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on a good note Friday, defeating No. 10 LSU, 4-2 in opening-round action at the Seattle Tennis Club. With the victory, UCLA (6-2) earns a quarterfinal meeting with No. 2 Georgia (5-0) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs posted a 4-0 win over Colorado on Friday.

UCLA claimed the doubles point when the Bruins' No. 3 team of Mathieu Dehaine and Aaron Yovan downed LSU's James Cluskey/Paul White, 8-5. Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel got things started for the Bruins, upsetting 10th-ranked Mark Growcott/Ken Skupski, 8-4 at court No. 1.

Although LSU tied things up with a straight-set win at court No. 3 once singles play began, UCLA quickly regained control of the match with wins at court Nos. 1 and 4. Kohlloeffel downed Skupski, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot, while Chris Surapol defeated White, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 4 position.

The Tigers cut the lead to 3-2 when James Cluskey downed Bruin freshman Michael Look, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at court No. 6. The Bruins, however, were in control of both remaining matches. Freshman Haythem Abid ended up clinching the win for UCLA at court No. 2, posting a 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(3) victory over Growcott. UCLA's Philipp Gruendler had a match point and was up 5-2 against Danny Bryan at court No. 5 when play was suspended.

UCLA, a seven-time champion at this event, advances to the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year and 24th time overall. Saturday's match with LSU will be at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Washington.

Doubles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (10) Growcott/Skupski (LSU)8-4
2.Bryan/Gaston (LSU) def. Abid/Surapol (UCLA)8-5
3.Dehaine/ Aaron Yovan (UCLA) def. Cluskey/White (LSU)8-5
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(3) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (66) Ken Skupski (LSU)6-1, 6-4
2.Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Mark Growcott (LSU)6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(3)*
3.Colt Gaston (LSU) def. (75) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA)6-1, 6-2
4.Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Paul White (LSU)6-4, 6-1
5.Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) led Danny Bryan (LSU)6-2, 6-7(6), 5-2
6.James Cluskey (LSU) def. Michael Look (UCLA)4-6, 6-3, 6-3
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4, 6, 2

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