Feb. 6, 2004
SEATTLE - The No. 6-ranked UCLA men's tennis team earned a place in the semifinals at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships after posting a 4-2 decision over No. 3 Florida in Friday's quarterfinals at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center on the University of Washington campus. With the victory, UCLA improves to 6-0 on the season.
The Bruins set the tone in doubles play, claiming victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 courts for an early 1-0 advantage in the dual match.
In singles play, Bruin sophomore Chris Surapol was the first to finish, as he knocked off Florida's Stefan Tell, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 6 position.
Down 2-0, Florida managed to rally and tie the score following a pair of victories. Next to finish was court No. 2, where 52nd-ranked Vladimir Obradovic knocked off 18th-ranked Chris Lam, 6-3, 6-2. Shortly thereafter, Martin Stiegwardt defeated Bruin freshman Philipp Gruendler, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
That was as close as Florida would get however, as Bruin junior Kris Kwinta gave UCLA a 3-2 lead with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 decision over Ryan Sherry at No. 4 singles. The Bruins clinched the match at the No. 3 position, where Alberto Francis defeated Chris Brandi, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
When play was suspended, Bruin senior Tobias Clemens was in a second set tiebreaker with Hamid Mirzadeh. Clemens won the first set 6-2.
UCLA, which gets revenge after losing to Florida in last year's National Team Indoors, will meet the winner of No. 2 Baylor and No. 7 Mississippi tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.