MEN'S TENNIS: #2 UCLA downs #5 UF, 4-1

CHICAGO --- The fifth-ranked University of Florida men's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to second-ranked UCLA in the fifth-place match at the National Team Indoor Championships at the Mid-town Tennis Club. With the loss, the Gators slipped to 5-3 on the season after going 1-2 in the tournament after a 4-0 win over Harvard in the opening round and a 4-1 loss to Ole Miss in Friday's quarterfinals.

The meeting was a rematch of when the teams met in the tournament in the 2003 semifinals of the event, a 4-1 Florida win that led to the deepest run in the history of the event for the Gators. This trip was Florida's tenth appearance all-time in the tournament where the Gators are 11-20 overall.

Florida fought to win the doubles point, however, for the second time this week, the Bruins came back on the singles court to win the match. In doubles play, Florida's Vladimir Obradovic and Chris Brandi scored an 8-3 win over sixth-ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta. On the top court, UF's Hamid Mirzadeh and Greg Ouellette dropped a 9-7 decision to seventh-ranked Ben Kohlloeffel and Luben Pampoulov, leaving the point to be decided on court three. The Florida tandem of Ryan Sherry and Jordan Dolberg came away with a 9-7 win of their own against UCLA's Mathieu Dehaine and Philipp Gruendler to put UF on top, 1-0.

On the singles courts, Kwinta evened the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win on court five against UF's 46th-ranked Nestor Briceno. At the top of the order, 14th-ranked Pampoulov returned to the court after UCLA's loss on Friday to Virginia to defeat Mirzadeh, 7-5, 6-1. Kohlloeffel put the Bruins within one of winning the match as he defeated Obradovic (No. 64), 7-5, 6-2, one court lower in the order. UCLA's 39th-ranked Alberto Francis made it 4-1 in favor of the Bruins by outlasting Brandi on court four, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

After taking next weekend off, Florida will return to Gainesville to host top-ranked Baylor on Wednesday, March 2 at Noon.


1 Kohlloeffel/Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Mirzadeh/Ouellette (FLA) 9-7

2 Obradovic/Brandi (FLA) def. No.6 Francis/Kwinta (UCLA), 8-3

3 Dolberg/Sherry (FLA) def. Dehaine/Gruendler (UCLA), 9-7

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3


1 #14 Luben Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Hamid Mirzadeh (FLA), 7-5, 6-1

2 #8 Ben Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. #64 Vladimir Obradovic (FLA), 7-5, 6-2

3 #47 Greg Ouellette (FLA) vs. #62 Chris Lam (UCLA), (DNF)

4 #39 Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. #85 Chris Brandi (FLA), 7-6(4), 6-3

5 Kris Kwinta (UCLA) def. #46 Nestor Briceno (FLA), 6-1, 6-1

6 Ryan Sherry (FLA) vs. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) (DNF)

Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 4

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