Feb. 7, 2003
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1-ranked UCLA men's tennis team kept its perfect record in tact Friday, posting a 5-2 decision over visiting Ohio State at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 6-0 on the season, while the Buckeyes fall to 5-1 with their first loss of the season.
Like they have done in their five previous matches, the Bruins started they day by winning the one point awarded for doubles play. Following a UCLA victory at the No. 2 position and an Ohio State win in the No. 3 slot, the point came down to the No. 1 court. In that match, UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola, ranked No. 39 in the country, defeated OSU's Scott Green/Jeremy Wurtzman, 8-5, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
In singles action, UCLA went ahead 2-0 following Ketola's 6-2, 6-0 win over OSU's Conor Casey at the No. 4 spot. Moments later, the Bruins earned a 3-0 advantage when Erfan Djahangiri registered a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Buckeye Dennis Mertens in the No. 3 slot.
OSU cut the lead to 3-1 with a win at No. 6 singles where Brenton Contini outlasted Bruin freshman Chris Surapol, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
The match was then clinched at the top singles position, where No. 12-ranked Clemens of UCLA pulled off the slight upset over seventh-ranked Wurtzman, 6-0, 7-6(4), giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
Ohio State cut the deficit to 4-2 at the No. 2 court where Buckeye Vince Ng knocked off Rodrigo Grilli, 7-6(4), 6-2.
In the final match of the day at No. 4 singles, Bruin sophomore Chris Lam recorded a three-set victory over Kevin McLean, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
The Bruins will get the weekend off before hosting Loyola Marymount on Feb. 12 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.