Top-Ranked UCLA Men's Tennis Team Defeats San Diego State

Feb. 20, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Top-ranked UCLA won three singles matches in straight sets en route to a 4-0 victory over 33rd-ranked San Diego State in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

The Aztecs will face 22nd-ranked Texas in the backdraw on Friday, while the Bruins advance to play eighth-ranked Duke in the quarterfinal round.

The Bruins won matches at number two and number three doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Erfan Djahangiri and Alberto Francis defeated Daniel Jung and Gabe Coren of San Diego State, 8-1, at number three doubles. Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola posted an 8-3 win over Felix Hardt and Armando Carracasa at number two doubles to clinch the point.

The Bruins claimed singles victories at numbers one, three and six. Francis defeated Mike Coelho, 6-1, 6-2 to give UCLA a 2-0 advantage. In a battle of top 15 singles players, 12th-ranked Clemens defeated 13th-ranked Oliver Maiberger, 6-4, 6-1, to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. UCLA sealed the match with 38th-ranked Rodrigo Grill claiming a 7-5, 6-2 win at number three singles over Felix Hardt.

The 16-team tournament continues through Sunday.

No. 1 UCLA 4, No. 33 San Diego State 0
Louisville Tennis Club in Louisville, Ky.

DOUBLES -- (UCLA wins point) No. 1 - Rodrigo Grill/Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) vs. No. 6 Oliver Maiberger/Ryan Redondo (SDSU) - DNF No. 2 - Tobias Clemens/Lassi Ketola (UCLA) def. Felix Hardt/Armando Carracasa (SDSU) - 8-3 No. 3 - Erfan Djahangiri/Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Daniel Jung/Gabe Coren (SDSU) - 8-1

SINGLES -- No. 1 - (12) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) def. (13) Oliver Maiberger (SDSU) - 6-4, 6-1 No. 2 - Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) vs. Ryan Redondo (SDSU) - DNF No. 3 - (38) Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA) def. Felix Hardt (SDSU) - 7-5, 6-2 No. 4 - Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) vs. Daniel Jung (SDSU) - DNF No. 5 - Lassi Ketola (UCLA) vs. (113) Gabe Coren (SDSU) - DNF No. 6 - Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Mike Coelho (SDSU) - 6-1, 6-2 Order of Finish: 6, 1, 3

Records: UCLA (10-0), San Diego State (4-4.

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