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.
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
(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
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
After defeating Oklahoma last week in the World Team Tennis Tournament, the BYU men's tennis team will head to Southern California to take on a bigger task -- the nationally ranked Bruins of UCLA.
The Cougars will meet up with UCLA on Friday afternoon at 1:30, then they will travel south to play the Univesity of San Diego at noon on Saturday. Finally they will take on the University of Southern California on Tuesday at 1:30 in the afternoon.
"We always play a very, very tough schedule," said men's coach Jim Osborne. "It will be a brutal road trip -- 3 top 20 teams. Our goal is to sneak a win out of one of those teams this early in the year."
UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the nation, UCLA is at No. 13 and San Diego is No. 54. The Cougars are ranked at No. 65.
The Bruins have six players that are nationally ranked, but none in the top 20. Jean-Julian Rojer and Jean-Noel Grinda are at No. 27 and No. 28 respectively. Lassi Ketola is No. 32, Erfan Djahangiri is No. 47, Travis Rettenmaier is No. 58 and Tobia Clemens is No. 97.
BYU has already seen a glimpse of the UCLA team and the result was positive. BYU's Carlos Lozano faced Djahaangiri earlier this year, defeating the Bruin, 6-2, 6-2 at the ITA All-Americans in October.
USC also brings three ranked players in No. 18 Andrew Park, No. 56 Nick Rainey, and No. 96 Parker Collins. The doubles team of Rainey and Ryan Moore is ranked No. 8 in the nation.
The Cougars have ranked players in Carlos Lozano, at No. 73 and Gert Vilms, at No. 81.