May 23, 2010
Athens, Ga. - The No. 9 UCLA men's tennis team gave top-ranked Virginia all it could handle but came up just short in the end, dropping a hard-fought 4-2 decison to the Cavaliers in an NCAA Quarterfinal match at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Sunday. With the loss, the Bruins end their season 17-7 overall. Virginia (39-1) moves on to face No. 5 USC in Monday's semifinals.
"I thought we played a great match," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "For a long time during it, I thought we had a good chance to win. Doubles went well and when Matt (Brooklyn) won on court three, I felt we were in a good position. Right now, I don't really know what happened. Virginia turned it around on the bottom courts. Overall, I still felt we played well and fought hard. Today Virginia was just the better team."
UCLA captured the doubles point on Sunday with a thrilling victory at court No. 1, where Virginia's 14th-ranked Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz were facing 16th-ranked Amit Inbar and Nick Meister. The Bruins had already posted an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot, meaning that a win at either of the other two courts would lock up the point. Inbar and Meister, who were trailing 7-4 at one point, fought back to win the match 9-8(4), giving UCLA a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
Despite the early setback, Virginia came back strong in singles, winning three straight matches to take a 3-1 lead in the match. Brooklyn, who clinched the team's win over Stanford in the round of 16, was UCLA's lone bright spot in singles, cutting the lead to 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jarmere Jenkins at court No. 3.
Just two matches remained at the point of Brooklyn's win, and UCLA needed to win both in order to pull out the match. Holden Seguso was just a few games into a third set with Houston Barrick at court No. 5, while freshman Maxime Tabatruong was down 0-3 in the third set against Julen Uriguen at court No. 6. Despite winning the first set 7-5, Tabatruong won just two games in the remaining two sets, falling 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 to Uriguen in the deciding match.
UCLA still has several players competing in the NCAA Individual Championships beginning on Wednesday. Haythem Abid and Brooklyn will be competing in singles, while Inbar and Meister are teaming together in doubles.
#1 Virginia 4, #9 UCLA 2
May 23, 2010 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
1. #16 Inbar/Meister (UCLA) def. #14 Courtney/Shabaz (UVA) 9-8(4) 2. Abid/Brooklyn (UCLA) def. #41 Barrick/Singh (UVA) 8-2 3. Jenkins/Lee Singer (UVA) def. Alex Brigham/Seguso (UCLA) 8-7 Singles
1. #11 Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. #71 Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-3, 6-2 2. #14 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. #51 Haythem Abid (UCLA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 3. #58 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. #57 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) 6-4, 6-3 4. #46 Drew Courtney (UVA) def. #117 Amit Inbar (UCLA) 6-3, 7-5 5. #106 Houston Barrick (UVA) vs. Holden Seguso (UCLA) 2-6, 6-4, 2-3, unfinished 6. Julen Uriguen (UVA) def. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 Match Notes
UCLA 17-7; National ranking #9 Virginia 39-1; National ranking #1 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2,3,6)