Rain plagues day one of NCAA men's singles tennis championship

The first round of the NCAA men’s tennis singles championship got under way Wednesday. And just as play was opening up, so too were the skies. Rain delayed action throughout the day, suspending a number of matches and pushing others indoors.

But the show must go on.

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And so too did Yannick Hanfmann (USC), (9-16) Ray Sarmiento (USC), Roberto Quiroz (USC), (9-16) Kyle McMorrow (Washington), Marcos Giron (UCLA), and Dennis Novikov (UCLA). These were the victorious singles participants representing the Pac-12 in the field of 64. They advanced with relative ease, dropping nary a set in moving toward Thursday’s hopefully drier second round. Play in that round begins at 8 a.m. CST/6 a.m. PST at the University of Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center.

Washed away in the day's showers, unfortunately, was a handful of Pac-12 reps. The headlining loss was that of USC’s Emilio Gomez, the tournament's No. 6 seed, who fell to Jarryd Botha of Alabama, 7-6(5), 3-6, 5-7. The junior was the highest seed and the only of USC’s three participants to lose. Also heading home was Cal’s Campbell Johnson and Ben McLachlan, Stanford’s John Morrissey and UCLA's Adrien Puget.

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