Feb. 19, 2002
Los Angeles - Forced to rally after losing the doubles point, the No. 5 UCLA men's tennis team bounced back strong in singles play, taking five out of six matches en route to a 5-2 dual-match victory over San Diego State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Tuesday.
Tuesday's match was highlighted by a meeting between the top two doubles teams in the nation, as No. 1-ranked Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA took on No. 2-ranked Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo of SDSU. The Aztecs notched a slim upset in that match, as Maiberger and Redondo registered an 8-3 victory in the No. 1 slot. SDSU clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 position where Felix Hardt and Valentino Pest upset 16th-ranked Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola of UCLA, 8-6. Tuesday marked only the second time in 10 matches this season that the Bruins have lost the doubles point.
Though the Aztecs managed to grab an early 1-0 lead following doubles play, singles action was dominated by UCLA. Bruin junior Rodrigo Grilli quickly tied the match up at one apiece after registering a convincing, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hardt in the No. 2 position. Shortly thereafter, the Bruins took a 3-1 lead following victories by Rojer and Erfan Djahangiri at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions respectively.
Matkowski clinched the match for the Bruins at the No. 4 position where he recorded a 6-4, 7-6 victory over SDSU's Travis Hasson, giving UCLA a 4-1 lead.
In a match featuring two top-20 players, Clemens, ranked 19th in the country, defeated No. 11 Maiberger of SDSU, 7-6, 6-3 in the No. 1 slot. Clemens, who extended his winning streak to 17 straight matches, also defeated Maiberger in the finals of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup back in January.
UCLA will finish the week in Arizona, as the Bruins take on ASU this Friday in Tempe and Arizona this Saturday in Tucson.