Jan. 16, 2000
Thousand Oaks, CA - The doubles team of Lassi Ketola and Chris Sands will advance to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic held at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club. The pair is UCLA's sole surviving entrant in both singles and doubles competition.
Ketola and Sands cruised past USC's Christian Jenson and Scott Merriman 8-2 on the first day of competition and then went on to post an 8-5 victory over Pepperdine's Sebastien Graeff and Anthony Ross on Saturday.
In singles action, UCLA's Sands, Ketola and Erfan Djahangiri all dropped second round matches, while senior co-captain Brandon Kramer fell 6-3, 6-2 in the first round to Pepperdine's Sebastien Graeff and senior Jong-Min Lee lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kentucky's Carlos Drada. Sands posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Pepperdine's Steve Racioppi before Brandon Hawk of Texas eliminated him 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djahangiri defeated Kentucky's Reven Stevens 6-2, 7-5 and then took a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Michael Blue of Texas. Ketola handed USC's Parker Collins a 7-6(4), 6-1 loss before dropping 6-3, 6-2 to Stanford's Alex Kim.
The National Collegiate Tennis Classic is in its 24th season and features men's and women's players from eight of the top men's and women's college tennis teams in the nation. It is held from January 14-16 at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.