No. 1 UCLA Stunned by Florida, 4-1

Feb. 22, 2003


Louisville, Ky. - The top-seeded UCLA men's tennis team fell to No. 6 Florida, 4-1 Saturday in the semifinals at the 2003 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Louisville Tennis Club. With the loss, UCLA falls to 11-1 on the season. Florida improves to 9-1 and will face No. 2 Illinois in tomorrow's final.

For the first time this season UCLA lost the one point awarded for doubles play, as the Gators took victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 courts. The No. 1 doubles position was suspended.

In singles action, Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead when 78th-ranked Eleazar Magallan defeated UCLA's Alberto Francis, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 6 court. Next to finish was court No. 5, where 117th-ranked Matt Behrmann of Florida posted a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Bruin senior Lassi Ketola.

UCLA senior Rodrigo Grilli was able to cut the lead to 3-1 with his 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Troy Hahn at No. 3 singles. At that point, all three remaining matches were in a third set.

Florida clinched the dual-match at the No. 2 position, where 29th-ranked Janne Holmia knocked off Marcin Matkowski, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Florida's victory over UCLA means that this year's champion will be the first other than UCLA or Stanford since 1989. It also means that this year's champ will be the first from outside the state of California since 1983.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Sep 26 - All Day PST
vs. ATP Tiburon ...
Tiburon, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - All Day PST
vs. Saint Francis Health ...
Tulsa, OK
Monday, Oct 05 - All Day PST
vs. ATP Sacramento ...
Sacramento, CA
Thursday, Oct 15 - All Day PST
vs. USTA/ITA Southwest ...
Malibu, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - All Day PST
vs. ATP Las Vegas ...
Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, Nov 04 - All Day PST
vs. 59th Annual Southern ...
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - All Day PST
vs. USTA/ITA National ...
Flushing Meadows, NY