March 12, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Playing its final non-conference match of the regular season, the No. 3 UCLA men's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 decision over San Diego State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Wednesday. UCLA, which had already defeated the Aztecs, 4-0 at the National Team Indoors back in February, improves to 14-1 with the victory. SDSU drops to 5-8 overall.
Wednesday's match was supposed to feature a battle between two of the top doubles teams in the country, as UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli / Marcin Matkowski are ranked No. 12 and SDSU's Ryan Redondo/Oliver Maiberger check in at No. 2. An injury to Redondo however prevented that showdown and as a result, the Aztecs were forced to shuffle their lineup. The Bruins capitalized by sweeping all three doubles matches for the one point awarded for doubles play.
In singles action, the Bruins took a 2-0 lead when Bruin sophomore Alberto Francis dropped just two games en route to a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Mike Coehlo at the No. 5 spot. Shortly thereafter, UCLA's top player Tobias Clemens continued his streak over his countryman Maiberger, downing him 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Clemens has now won all five meetings between the two dating back to his freshman year in 2001.
Bruin senior Erfan Djahangiri clinched the match for UCLA at the No. 4 position, downing Armando Carrascosa, 6-3, 6-1. Freshman Aaron Yovan, playing in only his second dual match of the season, gave UCLA a 5-0 advantage with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Will LaFevre at No. 6 singles.
With the dual already clinched, both remaining matches were decided with 10-point tiebreakers in place of a third set. At the No. 2 position, Grilli defeated SDSU's Felix Hardt, 6-3, 4-6, (10-3) to give UCLA a 6-0 lead. The Aztecs managed to avoid the shutout in the final match of the afternoon, as Daniel Jung upset Bruin sophomore Chris Lam, 6-4, 1-6, (10-8) at No. 3 singles.
Senior Lassi Ketola and Matkowski contributed in doubles, but were allowed to rest during singles play, making way for Francis and Yovan.
The Bruins, who are off for the next two weeks for final exams and spring break, will be in action again on Mar. 28 when they travel to Tucson to take on Arizona.