Feb. 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Coming off its only loss of the season at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors two weeks ago, the second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team rebounded strongly with a 6-1 victory over BYU Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Tuesday marked the sixth time in nine matches that the Bruins started play by claiming the doubles point. Following an 8-2 UCLA victory at the No. 2 position, the Bruins clinched the point at the top spot when 36th-ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta defeated Erik Nyman/Nima Roshan, 8-3.
UCLA then jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage when Tobias Clemens breezed to a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Nyman at the No. 1 position.
Next to finish was court No. 5, where UCLA's Chris Surapol dispatched of Dominik Kaufhold, 7-6(3), 6-2. The match was clinched at the No. 3 position, Francis defeated Ivan Kokurin, 7-5, 6-0.
BYU, which is coached by former Bruin All-American Brad Pearce, picked up its only point on the day at the No. 2 position, where Christian Hand battled back from a first set loss to defeat Bruin junior Chris Lam, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Despite dropping the first set on court Nos. 4 and 6, UCLA managed to gut out victories on both those courts. Kwinta defeated Roshan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot, while sophomore Aaron Yovan came back to defeat Tim Bradshaw, 5-7, 6-4, (10-8).
UCLA's only loss this season came at the hands of top-ranked Illinois in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back on Feb. 8.
The Bruins head to the Arizona schools later this week, taking on Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday.