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Two Bruins Compete In Qualifying for ITA Regional Championships
By: UCLA Athletics

November 5, 1998

LOS ANGELES - Two members of the UCLA men's tennis team competed in qualifying rounds of the ITA Region VIII Southern Championships yesterday at Pepperdine University's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

Advancing to join six fellow Bruins in the main draw with a qualifying round singles victory on Wednesday was freshman Duke Nguyen. He defeated Chris Lee of UC Irvine 6-4, 1-6, 6-0 after drawing a bye in the first round of qualifying play. Also competing in singles for UCLA was junior Hassan Akmal who lost to John Hui of Pepperdine 6-1, 6-1 after also receiving a first round bye.

These two Bruins also formed a doubles team which lost in the first round of qualifying play, falling 9-8 (4) to Jay Patel and Jeff Riba of UC Irvine.

Awaiting the start of the 64-player singles main draw Thursday morning are six more Bruins. UCLA sophomore Chris Sands is slated to meet Ryan Moore of USC in the first round. Freshman Xavier Luscan will play Gorman Maldonado of USD. Senior Brandon Kramer faces Jari Nickala from Arizona. Seeded seventh in the tournament UCLA rookie Zach Fleishman will open against Eric Allhoff of UCSB. Sophomore Noah Newman will face qualifier Scott Krowczyk of Pepperdine. Junior Jong Min Lee, a transfer to UCLA from UCSB, earned the tournament's No. 2 seed and will face qualifier Chris Ma of UC Irvine in the first round.

In the 32-team doubles main draw, UCLA has three teams awaiting the start of play on Thursday afternoon. The UCLA tandem of Chris Sands and Noah Newman will play Carson Khischus and Macmoud Karim from LMU. Jong Min Lee and Xavier Luscan will team up against Jonathon Brozvna and Mike Huss of Arizona. The Bruin team of Zach Fleishman and Brandon Kramer earned the No. 5 seed and will play qualifiers Jorge Mateos-Aguilar and Vladislav Molenda of LMU.

1998 ITA Region VIII Southern Championships Qualifying Rounds (Nov. 4) Results From Matches Involving UCLA Players Only (Listed by player)

Hassan Akmal (qualifying singles)
1st round (32) bye;
2nd round (16) lost to John Hui (Pepp) 6-1, 6-1.

Duke Nguyen (qualifying singles)
1st round (32) bye;
2nd round (16) d. Chris Lee (UCI) 6-4, 1-6, 6-0.

Akmal/Nguyen (qualifying doubles)
1st round (10) lost to Jay Patel/Jeff Riba (UCI) 9-8(4).

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