No. 8 Men's Tennis Takes One Match In Loss To No. 1 Stanford
April 18, 1998
LOS ANGLELES - The No. 8 ranked UCLA men's tennis team concluded regular season dual match play by taking one match in a 6-1 loss to No. 1 ranked Stanford University in Pac-10 Conference action at the Los Angeles Tennis Center today. With the loss UCLA falls to 14-7 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 action, while Stanford completes the season undefeated at 24-0 overall and 12-0 in conference play.
Stanford had lost only one singles match during team dual matches entering today's action, so Jason Cook's 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 47 ranked Alex Kim in the No. 5 position was an impressive win for the No. 84 ranked Cook. In addition the Bruins extended two other matches to three sets but could not pull out victories.
UCLA's No. 34 ranked Matt Breen rallied from a 4-6 first set to claim the second 6-3, then succumbed 6-1 in the third on court No. 3 to Stanford's No. 38 ranked Ryan Wolters. The matches on all three back courts were extremely competitive today. Not only did Cook win in the No. 5 slot, but Brandon Kramer took his No. 6 match with No. 72 ranked Geoff Abrams to three sets. Kramer fell just short in the first falling 7-5, then rallied to win the second 6-3. Abrams prevailed in the third 6-2. The match on court No. 4 between Alex Decret and No. 45 ranked Paul Goldstein could not have been much closer despite ending in straight sets. Goldstein won the first 6-4, then needed a tiebreaker in the second to post the win.
Even the straight set decisions on court Nos. 1 and 2 were closer than the scores indicate. UCLA's No. 12 ranked Jean-Noel Grinda lost to Stanford's No. 13 ranked Mike Bryan 6-3, 6-2 in the top slot. On court No. 2 UCLA's No. 10 ranked Vince Allegre fell to Stanford's No. 9 ranked Bob Bryan 6-2, 6-3. Although Stanford claimed all three doubles matches, UCLA forced the score to 9-7 in the No. 1 slot.
The Bruins No. 38 ranked team of Breen and Grinda held the advantage over Stanford's No. 5 ranked duo of Goldstein and Wolters until the end. On court No. 3 UCLA's team of Allegre and Cook stayed close but fell 8-5 to Stanford's team of Abrams and Charles Hoeveler. Stanford's tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan dominated the No. 2 doubles match, defeating UCLA's Decret and Kramer 8-0.
The next action for both teams will be at the Pac-10 Conference Individual Championships held in Ojai, Calif. April 23-26
Here are the position-by-position results:
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