Sixth-Seeded Men's Tennis Blanks Cal Poly, 4-0 in NCAA First Round
LOS ANGELES - The sixth-seeded UCLA men's tennis team posted a shutout in its opening match of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, downing Cal Poly, 4-0 in NCAA Regional action at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins (23-3) continue NCAA play on Sunday, facing San Diego in the second round at Noon. The Toreros (18-7) upset No. 25 Boise State, 4-2 in an earlier match on Saturday.
UCLA won the doubles point for the eighth-straight match with wins at court Nos. 1 and 2. Adrien Puget and Karue Sell were perfect at court No. 2, taking an 8-0 victory over Devin Barber and Corey Pang. Despite an 8-5 Cal Poly upset at court No. 3, the Bruins clinched the point shortly thereafter when 10th-ranked Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald posted an 8-5 win over Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson at the No. 1 spot.
The Mustangs put up a solid fight in singles as well, actually taking first sets at the top two courts over UCLA's top-ranked Clay Thompson and second ranked Giron. The Bruins, however, quickly got straight set wins from Joseph Di Giulio (court No. 6) and Sell (court No. 5) to take a 3-0 lead. McDonald would get the clinching win at the No. 3 spot, where he downed Jurgen De Jager, 6-4, 6-3 to give UCLA the 4-0 win.
When play was suspended, UCLA's Gage Brymer was up a set and up 3-2 in the second at court No. 4, while court Nos. 1 and 2 were both in third sets.
With the loss, Cal Poly ends its season with an 11-13 record.
NCAA First Round
#5 UCLA 4, Cal Poly 0
May 10, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
|1. #10 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) def. Comuzzo/Matt Thomson (CP) 8-5|
|2. Adrien Puget/Sell (UCLA) def. Devin Barber/Pang (CP) 8-0|
|3. De Jager/Donovan (CP) def. Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) 8-5|
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
|1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Ben Donovan (CP) 4-6, 6-3, 0-3, unfinished|
|2. #2 Marcos Giron (UCLA) vs. Marco Comuzzo (CP) 4-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished|
|3. #35 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jurgen De Jager (CP) 6-4, 6-3|
|4. #71 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Corey Pang (CP) 7-6, 3-2, unfinished|
|5. #95 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Matt Thomson (CP) 6-1, 6-3|
|6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Naveen Beasley (CP) 6-3, 6-1|
|Cal Poly 11-13|
|UCLA 23-3; National ranking #5|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3)|
|UCLA advances to NCAA second round and will face San Diego on Sunday at Noon|