Jan. 22, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 UCLA men's tennis team handed No. 36 Fresno State its first loss of the season Thursday, defeating the Bulldogs, 7-0 in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, UCLA improves to 2-0 on the year while Fresno State drops to 2-1.
UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Chris Lam, ranked No. 23 in the country, got things started for UCLA in doubles action, defeating FSU's Alex Krohn/Stefan Suta, 8-0 at the No. 2 position. The Bruins also received victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 courts to clinch the one point awarded for doubles play.
Clemens turned in another solid performance in singles play, registering a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Krohn at No. 1 singles. Alberto Francis then put the Bruins ahead 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Sergiu Modoc at the No. 4 spot.
Sophomore Chris Surapol, playing in just his third-ever dual match, clinched the win for UCLA at the No. 6 position with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jure Kekez.
With the match already decided, Lam posted a straight-set victory at No. 2 singles, while Philipp Gruendler battled back from a set down to win in three at the No. 5 spot. Bruin junior Kris Kwinta capped things off for UCLA at No. 3 singles, winning a 10-point tiebreaker to decide the third set in his match.
UCLA improves to 22-0 all-time against Fresno State.
The Bruins return to action next week, hosting Clemson on Jan. 27 and No. 21 USC on Jan. 30. Both matches are at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.