Final Men's Tennis Participants Lose at NCAA's
Nay 31, 1998
ATHENS, Ga. -- The final UCLA representatives in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships lost today as the doubles team of Matt Breen and Jean-Noel Grinda fell to the tandem of John James and Claes Westlin from South Alabama 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals competed at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Bruins battled back from a slow start in the opening set to claim the second 6-4, but could not keep the momentum as they fell 6-3 in the third. James and Westlin, who defeated the top-seeded team of Martin Dvoracek/ Pavel Kudrnac of Oklahoma State in the opening round, went on to loose in the semifinals to Stanford's team of Bob and Mike Bryan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 later in the day. Both the singles and doubles championships will be competed on Sunday, May 31 starting at 10 a.m.
Breen and Grinda finish the season with a 20-7 overall record during the season. The Bruins' No. 1 doubles team most of the season, Breen/Grinda posted a 13-5 mark in dual matches. Currently ranked No. 32 in the nation, they also reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai in April. By reaching the NCAA quarterfinals, the duo adds All-America doubles honors to the status they and teammate Vince Allegre each earned as singles players by reaching the round of 16 in that portion of the championships.
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