UCLA and USC move on to NCAA tennis quarterfinals

The Pac-12 has two men's tennis teams remaining in the NCAA championships with three rounds left till a champion is crowned. UCLA and USC advanced to quarterfinal play on Thursday while Cal's season came to an end in the round of 16. The Bruins and Trojans will continue their quest for NCAA glory Saturday in Urbana, Ill.

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No. 1 UCLA did what it was supposed to do Thursday night, swiftly eliminating No. 16 Vanderbilt 4-0. The Bruins did not lose a set in the process and got singles victories by Clay Thompson (I know what you're thinking-- no relation), No. 22 Adrien Puget and Karue Sell after the Marcos Giron/Dennis Novikov (your Pac-12 POTY) and Alex Brigham/Thompson duos earned the doubles point. The Bruins, who have gone 4-0 in each of their first three rounds, await the winner of Duke-Kentucky (heck of a basketball matchup) Saturday.

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Fourth-seeded USC still is in the mix to win its fifth consecutive national championship after besting Baylor 4-1 in the Round of 16. The Trojans channeled their inner Miami Heat by taking the last four tallies after losing the doubles point. It didn't come easy for the Trojans, but No. 7 singles player and first-team All-Pac-12er Emilio Gomez got things kicked off in a better direction by defeating No. 24 Patrick Pradella 6-4, 6-2. Roberto Quiroz and Eric Johnson followed with a couple of more straight-set victories before Yannick Hanfmann put to finishing touches on the Bears. Up next for the Men of Troy is a Saturday afternoon date with THE Ohio State University. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals after sweeping Texas A&M 4-0.

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Cal defied the odds a bit (with a big assist from Denver) as one of the two unseeded teams to reach the Round of 16. Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, their next opponent was an undefeated Virginia squad that hasn't lost more than a point in a match in nearly two months. Peter Wright's guys fought hard early and nearly took the doubles point from the Cavaliers after the duo of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton tied the doubles fun with an 8-6 upset. However, the Cavaliers' fourth-ranked doubles team of Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger defeated Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt 8-4 to go up 1-0 in the match. From there, the back-to-back NCAA runners up ran away from Cal, eliminating the Golden Bears 4-0.

[Related: Match recap at CalBears.com]

While Ben McLachlan is one of three Bears who will continue on in the singles and double tournaments, it's the end of the road for his older brother Riki McLachlan, whose return to the court after dislocating a kneecap in February really boosted the Golden Bears in the first two rounds.

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