Seventh-Seeded Bruins Overpower Manhattan, 4-0 in NCAA First Round

May 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES - The seventh-seeded UCLA men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships Saturday, defeating Manhattan College, 4-0 in first-round regional action at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins (22-3) will next face Cal (12-9) in Sunday's regional final beginning at 1:00 p.m. The winner of that match advances to next week's round of 16 in College Station, TX. With the loss, Manhattan ends its season with a 16-5 overall record.

UCLA set the tone for the day by coming out and claiming the one point awarded for doubles play with wins at court Nos. 2 and 3. It marked the 21st time in 25 matches this season that the Bruins have won the point.

Once singles play began, UCLA went ahead 2-0 following 11th-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel's 6-1, 6-1 victory over Diego Alvarado at court No. 2. Next to finish was court No. 6, where 85th-ranked Philipp Gruendler cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over David Alvarado. Bruin senior Alberto Francis, ranked 109th in the country, clinched the match for UCLA at court No. 4, posting a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Alon Cohen.

UCLA was in control of all three remaining matches when play was suspended. Luben Pampoulov was up 6-1, 3-0 at court No. 1, Kris Kwinta was up 6-2, 5-3 at court No. 3 and Chris Lam was up 6-4, 4-1 back on court No. 4.

With the victory, UCLA runs its winning streak at the LATC to 24 in a row dating back to last season. The Bruins are 17-0 at home this year.

Tomorrow's regional final will feature two teams that know each other very well, as UCLA and Cal split matches during the regular season. The Bruins defeated the Golden Bears, 7-0 on Feb. 26 at the LATC. Cal returned the favor in Berkeley, winning 4-3 on Apr. 8.

Doubles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(19) Francis/Kwinta (UCLA) vs. Bus/Erez Cohen (MC)Susp.
2.(58) Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Alon Cohen/Czink (MC)8-3
3.Lam/Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Diego Alvarado/Szymik (MC)8-2
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(7) Luben Pampoulov (UCLA) vs. Zoltan Bus (MC)Susp.
2.(11) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Diego Alvarado (MC)6-1, 6-1
3.(60) Kris Kwinta (UCLA) vs. Peter Czink (MC)Susp.
4.Chris Lam (UCLA) vs. Erez Cohen (MC)Susp.
5.(109) Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Alon Cohen (MC)6-1, 6-0*
6.(85) Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. David Alvarado (MC)6-0, 6-2
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5

EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
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