April 28, 2002
Ojai, Calif. - For the first time since 1989, the UCLA men's tennis team swept both the singles and doubles titles at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. on Sunday.
Bruin junior Rodrigo Grilli defeated Alex Vlaski of Washington, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final. With the victory, he becomes the first Bruin to win the singles title at Ojai since Fritz Bissell accomplished the feat in 1993.
In the doubles final, top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA defeated No. 2 ranked Scott Lipsky/David Martin of Stanford, 9-7. They become the first Bruin duo to capture an Ojai doubles title since Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee did it in 1999.
It was the first sweep since 1989 when Pat Galbraith won the singles championship and the Bruin tandem of Mark Quinney and Bill Barber captured the doubles crown.
It was also the first time since 1989 that UCLA took sole possession of the Thatcher Cup, given to the school with the most main draw singles and doubles victories.
Also on Sunday, Bruin freshman Alberto Francis dropped a tough three-setter to USC's Ruben Torres in the final of the Pac-10 Invitational draw. Torres battled back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.