Feb. 20, 2004
Tempe, Ariz. - The second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team lost the doubles point and was unable to recover in singles play, falling to Arizona State, 5-2 Friday in a dual match at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center. UCLA's record falls to 8-2 on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 4-0.
After splitting the first two matches in doubles play with ASU winning at court No. 3 and UCLA taking a victory at the No. 1 position, the doubles point was decided at court No. 2. Unfortunately for the Bruins, ASU's Daniel Davies/Clinton Letcher defeated 23rd-ranked Tobias Clemens/Chris Lam, 9-7.
Already down 1-0, things got worse for the Bruins in singles play, as UCLA suffered two quick losses at the top two positions to go down 3-0. First off was Lam, who lost to Letcher, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Shortly thereafter, Clemens dropped just his third match of the year in the form of a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Chris Stewart.
Needing to win all four remaining singles matches, UCLA junior Alberto Francis put the Bruins on the board when he defeated Ryan McBride, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 4 position.
With a 3-1 advantage, ASU then clinched the dual match at the No. 5 spot, where Jonathan Kinsella defeated Bruin freshman Philipp Gruendler, 7-6(2), 6-4.
Friday marked only the second time since 1967 that the Bruins have lost to Arizona State. UCLA leads the all-time series, 55-2.
The Bruins look to rebound tomorrow against Arizona in Tucson.