NCAA men's tennis singles championships: 4 Pac-12 players advance to 2nd round

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The Pac-12 will have four representatives in the second round of the NCAA men’s tennis singles championships, with UCLA’s two remaining players leading the way. Overall, Pac-12 men’s tennis players went 4-3 in the first round with one player withdrawing before competition began.


Just like the women’s bracket, there were plenty of upsets to be had in the first round on the men’s side. Helping to write that story on Wednesday was Cal’s Ben McLachlan, who defeated eighth-seeded Jared Hiltzik of Illinois in three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-3). Sounds like he finished the match off with authority:


Up next for the senior from New Zealand is Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris, who is probably trying to work off some steam after losing the championship-clinching point to USC’s Max de Vroome Tuesday night when the Trojans won their 21st NCAA men’s tennis title and 100th NCAA title overall.


Well, the upset bug did also bite the other way against the Pac-12, as top-seeded Clay Thompson lost to South Florida’s Roberto Cid in straight sets (6-4, 6-3). Thompson finishes his season at 37-7. On the bright side of things, Marcos Giron did not get Cindarella’d, as the second-seeded Giron quickly dispatched of Tennessee’s Hunter Reese 6-1, 6-1, while the slipper fit for McKenzie McDonald in an eyebrow-raiser over fourth-seeded Mitchell Frank of Virginia 6-2, 7-5.


Giron will square off against Virginia’s Ryan Shane in the round of 32 Thursday, while McDonald will get a chance to knock off another ACC competitor in Duke’s Jason Tahir.


Tough to fault USC for a 1-2 day Wednesday; the Trojans did just win the NCAA team championship, after all. The lone positive mark of the day came from Jonny Wang, who ousted NC State’s Austin Powell 6-4, 6-3. On the other side of the coin, 9-16 seed Yannick Hanfmann lost a tough three-set match that was decided on a tiebreaker to Vanderbilt’s Ryan Lipman (6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)), while 9-16 seed Ray Sarmiento was quickly put away by Duke’s Fred Saba (Saba won 6-1, 6-1). Additionally, Roberto Quiroz did not compete in the first round. Originally scheduled to take on Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt, Quiroz was replaced by Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane (Kobelt won in three sets).

The lone Trojan remaining, Wang will do battle with Texas A&M’s Shane Vinsant in the round of 32. Perhaps his dashing looks will help him squeeze into the Sweet 16:


Like the women’s bracket, the men’s tennis singles championship continues Thursday and concludes with the championship match Monday. The men’s doubles championship begins Thursday with a 32-team first round.

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