No. 2 UCLA Upset, 3-4, At Rival No. 10 USC
Feb. 13, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- In a battle of undefeated teams, the No. 2 ranked UCLA men's tennis team suffered an upset, 3-4, loss across town at rival USC, ranked 10th, today. UCLA now stands 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 Conference action, while USC is 7-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.
USC claimed the doubles point, but UCLA rallied back by claiming the three of the first four singles matches to finish and held a 3-2 advantage with two matches in the third set. The Bruins posted straight set victories on court Nos. 2, 3 and 5. In the No. 2 slot, Vince Allegre defeated Patrick Gottesleben 6-3, 7-5. On court No. 3 Matt Breen won 6-3, 6-2 over Kyle Spencer. In the No. 5 slot, Brandon Kramer won 6-1, 6-0 over Christoph Poehler. The only Bruin to fall was No. 6 ranked Jean-Noel Grinda who suffered his first dual match loss of the season, 6-2, 6-2 to No. 8 ranked George Bastl.
The score was tied at three all when USC's Fernando Samayoa got an early service break and rallied for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over UCLA's Chris Sands in the No. 6 position. The intensity of the rivalry became focused on the final match being played on court No. 4. UCLA's Alex Decret led 3-2 and was up a break in the third set over USC's Roman Kukal. However, Kukal broke back during a long game to even the match at 3-3 and road the momentum the rest of the way for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 USC victory and the decisive team point.
In their nest action, both teams travel to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Team Championships in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 19-22.
Here are today's position-by-position results:
Doubles -- (USC wins point) No. 1 George Bastl / Kyle Spencer (USC) def. Vince Allegre / Matt Breen (UCLA) 8-6 No. 2 Patrick Gottesleben / Akram Zaman (USC) def. Jean-Noel Grinda / Chris Sands (UCLA) 8-3 No. 3 Roman Kukal / Fernando Samayoa (USC) def. Alex Decret / Brandon Kramer (UCLA) 8-6 Singles No. 1 George Bastl (USC) def. Jean-Noel Grinda (UCLA) 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 Vince Allegre (UCLA) def. Patrick Gottesleben (USC) 6-3, 7-5 No. 3 Matt Breen (UCLA) def. Kyle Spencer (USC) 6-3, 6-2 No. 4 Roman Kukal (USC) def. Alex Decret (UCLA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 No. 5 Brandon Kramer (UCLA) def. Christoph Poehler (USC) 6-1, 6-0 No. 6 Fernando Samayoa (USC) def. Chris Sands (UCLA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Final Team Score: USC 4, UCLA 3
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