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SDSU Men's Tennis Falls to No. 10 UCLA, 7-0

The Aztecs fell to UCLA in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Aztecs fell to UCLA in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

April 10, 2007

LOS ANGELES - San Diego State's season-long 10-match winning streak came to a halt Wednesday afternoon, as the No. 48 Aztecs were shutout by 10th-ranked UCLA, 7-0, in a non-conference match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The loss drops SDSU's record to 15-7, while the Bruins improve to 16-3.

Doubles play was again a thorn in San Diego State's side, as it was swept for a third consecutive match. UCLA registered a pair of 8-2 wins, first at No. 2 and then No. 1 to clinch the doubles point. Anthony Gomez and Juan Gomez were the last SDSU tandem off the court, but they lost as well at No. 3, falling 8-4.

In its previous two matches where San Diego State lost the doubles point, it managed to come back and win four of the six singles contests to post a pair of victories. Wednesday was a different story, as SDSU dropped all six singles matches in straight sets.

Achim Ceban and Juan Gomez were the first two Aztecs off the court after losing at fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Later, the Bruins' Phillip Gruendler defeated Christian Groh, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 to clinch the match for UCLA.

In a showdown between two nationally ranked players, No. 4 Benjamin Kohlloeffel took down the Scarlet and Black's 30th-ranked player in Markus Dickhardt, 6-4, 6-0, while Robert Sabo had his six-match winning streak snapped by Jeremy Drean at No. 6.

Last on the court was Anthony Gomez at No. 3 and he found himself on the losing end of a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 decision to No. 53 Chris Surapol.

San Diego State returns to the court Sunday, April 15, when it plays host to 75th-ranked San Diego. The match is designated as Senior Day and will represent the final home contest for seniors Markus Dickhardt, Christian Groh and Anthony Gomez. First serve is set for noon PDT.

#10 UCLA 7, #48 San Diego State 0
Los Angeles Tennis Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles
1. #12 Philipp Gruendler/Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. #14 Markus Dickhardt/Christian Groh, 8-2
2. Michael Look/Chris Surapol (UCLA) def. Achim Ceban/Billy Timu (SDSU), 8-2
3. Mathieu Dehaine/Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Anthony Gomez/Juan Gomez (SDSU), 8-4
UCLA wins doubles point

Singles
1. #4 Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. #30 Markus Dickhardt (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
2. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Christian Groh (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2
3. #53 Chris Surapol (UCLA), Anthony Gomez (SDSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Achim Ceban (SDSU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Michael Look (UCLA) def. Juan Gomez (SDSU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Robert Sabo (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2

Order of finish
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 4, 5, 2*, 1, 6, 3
* Clinching match