NCAA men's tennis: UCLA's Giron advances to semis
UCLA’s Marcos Giron has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA men’s tennis singles championships in Athens, Ga. Giron is the lone Pac-12 tennis player remaining in the men’s brackets, as Bruin Mackenzie McDonald and Golden Bear Ben McLachlan lost in singles play Saturday while Cal’s doubles tandem of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton also dropped their quarterfinal match.
The great run for Kiwi Ben McLachlan has come to a close, as UCLA’s Marcos Giron took down the Golden Bear 6-1, 6-3. This is the end of McLachlan’s collegiate career, and he closed it in fine form in the singles championship by upsetting the eighth-seeded player in the draw in the first round and winning two more matches along the way. As the Cal press release notes, McLachlan is the first Cal dude to reach the singles quarterfinals since 2006.
— Cal Men's Tennis (@CalMensTennis) May 24, 2014
In doubles action, Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton put up a heck of a fight against the No. 2 seed but lost to Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese 7-5, 6-3. Both juniors (Melton a redshirt), Bayane and Melton should be back next year and can potentially put together another deep run in the 2015 NCAA men’s doubles championship.
The UCLA day started off with Mackenzie McDonald’s run coming to an end in the quarterfinals, dropping a three-setter to Texas’ Søren Hess-Olesen 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. An impressive freshman campaign wraps up for McDonald, whose solid effort Saturday wasn’t enough to take down the Big 12 Player of the Year. I must say, I love the nod to Hess-Olesen’s “ø” in this Texas graphic:
— Texas Men's Tennis (@TexasMTN) May 24, 2014
Marcos Giron, on the other hand, looked stellar in his 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Cal’s Ben McLachlan. The second-seeded Giron was on point in closing out the match, breaking McLachlan with killer returns in the final game. Now Giron will have a chance to avenge his doubles partner McDonald’s Saturday exit, as Giron will take on the Danish Longhorn Hess-Olesen.
Very good performance from Marcos Giron today, through to the SF with a 6-1 6-3 win. Love watching his forehand.
— ABBTennis (@ABBTennis) May 24, 2014
Giron will be back in action Sunday, and the Pac-12 Post will be back with the recap of his match against Søren Hess-Olesen. For those curious in watching the stream, Giron v. Hess-Olesen will start at 9 a.m. PT.