March 16, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Playing its final non-conference match of the regular season Tuesday, the eighth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team captured its third victory in a row with a 7-0 decision over San Diego State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
With only five healthy players, the Aztecs (4-4) were not able to field a complete team and thus had to default at the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions. Playing shorthanded proved to be especially costly for the Aztecs in doubles, as the Bruins only needed to win one match. Following an SDSU victory at the No. 2 court, the doubles point was decided at the No. 1 spot, where UCLA's Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta defeated Felix Hardt/Daniel Jung, 8-5.
Dropping the doubles point combined with having to default at the No. 6 position, the Aztecs faced a 2-0 deficit by the start of singles play. UCLA quickly made it 3-0 after sophomore Chris Surapol cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mike Coehlo at the No. 5 spot.
The dual match was decided at the No. 1 position, where sixth-ranked Tobias Clemens defeated the 69th-ranked Hardt, 6-3, 6-4.
With the Bruins up 4-0 and the dual match already decided, UCLA went on to post victories on all three remaining courts, as Chris Lam, Francis and Philipp Gruendler all registered straight-set decisions.
UCLA, which improves to 12-5 overall, has a two-week hiatus for final exams and spring break. The Bruins be in action again on Apr. 2, hosting Cal at 1:30 p.m.
|1.||(19) Francis/ Kris Kwinta (UCLA) def. Hardt/Jung (SDSU)||8-5|
|2.||Dickhardt/Haynes (SDSU) def. Clemens/Lam (UCLA)||8-3|
|3.||UCLA Wins by Default||--|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(6) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) def. (69) Felix Hardt (SDSU)||6-3, 6-4|
|2.||(52) Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Daniel Jung (SDSU)||6-4, 6-3|
|3.||(95) Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Markus Dickhardt (SDSU)||7-5, 6-4|
|4.||(86) Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Dontia Haynes (SDSU)||6-3, 6-4|
|5.||Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Mike Coehlo (SDSU)||6-1, 6-1|
|6.||UCLA Wins by Default||--|
|Singles Order of Finish: 5, 1, 4, 2, 3|