Cougars Drop Two On The Road

Two matches into a tough three-match Southern California road trip, the No. 65 BYU men's tennis team is 0-2, losing to No. 3 UCLA on Friday and to No. 54 University of San Diego on Saturday.

BYU lost to UCLA, 6-1 on Friday in the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Cougars got off to a strong start by winning the first point of the day, taking two of three in doubles action. Carlos Lozano and Gert Vilms upset UCLA's No. 1 doubles team of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer, 8-6.

UCLA came back in singles, with all six players winning in straight sets over the undermanned Cougars. All six Bruin players are ranked.

On Saturday, BYU headed south to take on the University of San Diego, where the Cougars lost, 6-1. BYU's lone victory came in singles, where Gert Vilms defeated Juan Cerda, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0.

The brutal road trip is not over for the Cougars. BYU will stay in California where they will play the University of Southern California on Tuesday. The Trojans are No. 13 nationally.

Results:

BYU vs. UCLA

Doubles -- BYU wins point

No. 1Lozano/Vilms def. Grinda/ Rojer 8-6 BYU

No. 2 Harbach/Rudjuk def. Clemens/Ketola 9-7 BYU

No. 3 Rettainmaier/Matkowski def.Nyman/Olsen 8-2 UCLA

Singles

(27) Jean-Julien Rojer def. Gert Vilms 6-1, 7-5 UCLA

(28) Jean-Noel Grinda def. Carlos Lozano 7-5, 6-3 UCLA

(97) Tobias Clemens def. Anton Rudjuk 7-5, 6-3 UCLA

(47) Erfan Djahangiri def. Michael Gysens 6-1, 6-0 UCLA

(32) Lassi Ketola def. Jeff Harbach 6-1, 6-3 UCLA

(58) Travis Rettenmaier def. Eric Nyman 6-2, 6-4 UCLA

Final Team Score: UCLA 6, BYU 1

BYU vs. USD

Doubles -- USD wins point

No. 1 Cerda-Rizo def. Lozano-Vilms 8-5 USD

No. 2 Tangefjord-Taylor def. Harbach-Rudjuk 8-5 USD

No. 3 Pongsrikul-Burghardt def. Geysens-Nyman 8-4 USD

Singles

Mattias Tangefjord def. Carlos Lozano 7-6, 6-2 USD

Gert Vilms def. Juan Cerda 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 BYU

Jason Pongsrikul def. Anton Rudjuk 6-2, 6-3 USD

Ricardo Rizo def. Jeff Harbach 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 USD

Ross Bourne def. Matt Stohl 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 USD

Stephen Taylor def. Jeff Olsen 6-2, 6-2 USD

Final Team Score: USD 6, BYU 1