Feb. 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team suffered just its second loss of the season on Saturday, as No. 20 Cal posted a 5-2 victory over the Bruins in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
UCLA (9-2) had a rough start to Saturday's match, dropping the doubles point for the fourth time this season. After Cal (5-3) struck first with an 8-4 win at court No. 2, the Golden Bears then clinched the point when 21st-ranked Nick Andrews and Chris Konigsfeldt downed Alex Brigham and Amit Inbar, 8-3. After losing the point, the Bruins did manage to get a come-from-behind win at court No. 3, where Warren Hardie and Daniel Kosakowski notched a 9-7 win over Ben McLachlan and Riki McLachlan. After trailing 4-7, Hardie and Kosakowski won the last five games to close out the match.
Down 1-0 and needing four singles wins to pull out the victory, UCLA only managed to get victories from freshmen Adrien Puget and Clay Thompson. Puget was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Ben McLachlan at court No. 5, while Thompson downed Konigsfeldt, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at court No. 3. The two Bruin newcomers remain undefeated in dual-match play this year, with Puget improving to 8-0 and Thompson moving to 6-0.
With Cal leading Saturday's match 3-2, Bozhidar Katsarov clinched the win for the Golden Bears when he downed Brigham, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 at court No. 6.
UCLA looks to rebound next week, traveling across town for a 3:00 p.m. showdown against No. 9 USC on Wednesday.
#20 Cal 5, #5 UCLA 2
Feb 26, 2011 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
|1. #21 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Brigham/Inbar (UCLA) 8-3|
|2. Tommie Murphy/Zerbini (CAL) def. Holden Seguso/Puget (UCLA) 8-4|
|3. Warren Hardie/Kosakowski (UCLA) def. Ben McLachlan/Riki McLachlan (CAL) 9-7|
|1. #41 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. #63 Daniel Kosakowski (UCLA) 7-6, 6-1|
|2. #82 Carlos Cueto (CAL) def. #84 Amit Inbar (UCLA) 6-1, 6-4|
|3. Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. #95 Chris Konigsfeldt (CAL) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|4. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. #87 Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6|
|5. Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Ben McLachlan (CAL) 6-3, 6-3|
|6. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Alex Brigham (UCLA) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1|
|Cal 5-3; National ranking #20|
|UCLA 9-2; National ranking #5|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3,6,4)|