Pac-10 Tennis Opens 2009 NCAA Tournament With Strong Performances

May 9, 2009

Pac-10 men's tennis teams opened the 2009 NCAA Tournament Friday. Five of the six teams advance to second round play, held Saturday at campus regional sites. Eighth-seeded CALIFORNIA was the lone women's team to play Friday, as the Golden Bears defeated Long Island, 4-0, for the right to play Texas (17-7) in round two Saturday.

On the men's side, Pac-10 teams were dominant in the first round. Seventh-seeded UCLA (18-4) cruised past Southern Illinois, 4-0. The Bruins' pair of Amit Inbar and Harel Srugo captured the doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead. Nick Meister, Inbar and Michael Look won their singles matches in straight sets to seal the sweep for UCLA. The Bruins will face Hawai'i (11-9), which upset No. 20 Oklahoma, at 3 p.m. PT Saturday in Los Angeles.

Not to be outdone by its crosstown foe, eighth-seeded USC (20-5) moved into the second round of the tournament with its 4-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The Trojans, making their 31st NCAA appearance, locked up the doubles point with Abdullah Magdas and Daniel Nguyen's 8-6 win over Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen. USC completed the scoring as Matt Kecki, Magdas and Nguyen all took out their opponents for the Trojan victory. USC will face Minnesota (19-7) Saturday at 3 p.m. PT in Los Angeles.

Stanford (19-5), the ninth seed in the men's draw, downed Sacramento State, 4-0, to advance to the second round for the second straight season. Pac-10 doubles champions Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn captured the doubles point for the Cardinal, 8-5, over Anton Stryhas and Kiryl Harbatsiuk. Thacher, Greg Hirshman, and Klahn completed their singles matches in straight sets to clinch the Cardinal victory. Stanford will take on Pepperdine (20-9) at 3 p.m. PT Saturday. The Waves defeated Cal, 4-1, to advance in the Stanford regional.

Playing in the Lone Star State, Arizona (15-8) and Washington (15-8) both move on to challenge host schools in the second round. The Wildcats breezed past A&M Corpus Christi, 4-0, in the first round. Arizona will play 15th-seeded Texas A&M at 4 p.m. CT Saturday for a chance to move on to the Round of 16. Washington's first round match-up with Texas Tech was not as easy. The Huskies edged the Red Raiders, 4-3, and will take on 12th-seeded Texas in Austin at 1 p.m. CT Saturday.

As the men's teams look to advance to the Round of 16 Saturday, the rest of the women's teams will begin their run at an NCAA Championship. Arizona State will play in the UCLA regional, while Washington will play at USC. Stanford will also be hosting first and second round competition.

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