Inbar's Win Helps Bruins Upset No. 4 Cardinal, 4-3

March 27, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 11 UCLA men's tennis team picked up its biggest win of the season on Friday, upsetting fourth-ranked Stanford, 4-3 in a crucial Pac-10 matchup at the Taube Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Bruins (11-4; 1-0 Pac-10) avenge a 4-3 loss to the Cardinal (12-3; 0-1 Pac-10) earlier this season at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

With the score tied 3-3, the match came down to court No. 6, where UCLA's Amit Inbar and Stanford's Greg Hirshman were in a tight battle. Inbar was actually down a break at 4-3 in the third set when Hirshman took an injury timeout due to cramping. He wouldn't win another game, as Inbar took the final three games to take a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Junior Haythem Abid (court No. 1), Matt Brooklyn (court No. 4) and Nick Meister (court No. 5) accounted for the Bruins' other three points. Abid picked up a huge upset at court No. 1, downing 13th-ranked Alex Clayton, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Brooklyn and Meister were also impressive, as both won in straight sets.

UCLA was forced to win four singles matches Friday after dropping the doubles poitn with losses at court Nos. 2 and 3. UCLA's lone doubles win came at the No. 3 spot, where Inbar and Harel Srugo downed Richard Wire/Ted Kelly, 8-5.

UCLA's Bay Area trip continues tomorrow, as the Bruins travel to Cal for a 1:00 p.m. match.

Doubles
1. Bruch/Blake Muller (STAN) def. No. 58 Abid/Meister (UCLA) - 9-8 (5)
2. Thacher/Klahn (STAN) def. Brooklyn/Look (UCLA) - 9-7
3. Inbar/Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. Wire/Ted Kelly (STAN) - 8-5
Stanford Wins Doubles Point -- Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles
1. (51) Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. (13) Alex Clayton (STAN) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. (53) Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. (125) Holden Seguso (UCLA) - 7-6(2), 6-1
3. Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. (74) Michael Look (UCLA) - 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3
4. (79) Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. Matt Bruch (STAN) - 6-1, 6-2
5. (103) Nick Meister (UCLA) def. (113) Richard Wire (STAN) - 7-5, 7-5
6. Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. Greg Hirshman (STAN) - 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4*

Order of Finish: 4, 2, 5, 1, 3, 6 -- * Denotes Clinching Match


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