April 4, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - The California men's tennis completed a weekend sweep of the Los Angeles schools for the first time in at least 25 years with a 4-3 dual match victory over eighth-ranked UCLA at the Hellman Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. The victory, which snapped a four-match losing streak to the Bruins, improved the Golden Bears to 13-2 on the season and gave Cal sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1 conference mark. UCLA slipped to 12-5, 5-3 Pac-10 with the loss.
The Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after capturing two of the three doubles pro sets with victories at the No. 1 and 3 positions. Cal's freshmen tandem of Adrian Barnes and Scott Kintz drew first blood for the Bears with an 8-6 victory over UCLA's Vince Allegre and Jason Cook on court No. 3. Bobby Mahal and Nathan Jackmon then sewed up the doubles point for Cal on court No. 1 with their 8-6 win over Matt Breen and Jean-Noel Grinda.
UCLA bounced back and took a 2-1 lead with wins in the first two singles matches as Breen defeated Cal's Minh Le 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 and Grinda topped Mahal 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1.
But the Bruins lead didn't last long as Cal fought back to swept the next three singles contest for the win. Barnes coasted past UCLA's Alex Decret 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 4 position to knot things up at two apiece and Kian Riaszadeh put the Bears back on top 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Brandon Kramer at No. 5.
Cal's David Sutton finally gave the Bears their match-clinching fourth point on the afternoon with a thrilling 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 three-set victory over Jason Cook on court No. 6. Down 5-4 in the third, Sutton battled back to win three straight games, including twice breaking Cook's serve, for the victory.
The final match of the day also went down to the wire as the nation's No. 4 ranked singles player, Allegre, overcame a spirited effort from Cal's Jackmon on court No. 2 to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
The Bears continue their current homestand Tuesday, April 7, when they host top-ranked Stanford (18-0, 7-0 Pac-10) in a battle of the Pac-10s first and second place teams at the Hellman Tennis Center. Match time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.