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UCLA's Clay Thompson and the Bruins downed Utah on Friday in Salt Lake City (Photo: Scott Chandler)
No. 3 Men's Tennis Downs Utah, 4-0 in Salt Lake City
By: UCLA Athletics
SALT LAKE CITY - The third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team picked up its 11th shutout of the season on Friday afternoon, blanking Utah, 4-0 in a Pac-12 showdown at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy in Salt Lake City. With the win, the Bruins improve to 18-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12.

Friday's doubles point was close, however UCLA was able to edge out the Utes for a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. After both teams traded wins at court Nos. 1 and 2, the point came down to the No. 3 spot, where UCLA's Gage Brymer and Mackenzie McDonald were in a tight battle with Utah's Matt Cowley and Alejandro Medinilla. The Bruin freshmen prevailed in the end, winning the pro set in a tiebreaker 7-5 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the match.

UCLA had a much easier time with Utah in singles, claiming first sets at all six courts before eventually taking three matches in straight sets. Following wins by Karue Sell (court No. 5) and Brymer (court No. 4), third-ranked Marcos Giron was able to notch the clinching win for the Bruins on Friday, as his 6-3, 6-3 win over Ben Tasevec at court No. 2 gave UCLA the 4-0 victory. After Giron's victory, all remaining matches were suspended.

UCLA's next match is on Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., where the Bruins are scheduled to take on Arizona at Noon.

#3 UCLA 4, #51 Utah 0
Apr 11, 2014 at Salt Lake City, UT (Coach Mike's Tennis Academy)

Doubles
1. #67 Giron/Sell (UCLA) def. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) 8-1
2. Lane/Tasevec (UTAH) def. Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) 8-6
3. Brymer/McDonald (UCLA) def. Cowley/Medinilla (UTAH) 8-7(5)
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) vs. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) 4-6, 4-5, unfinished
2. #3 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Ben Tasevec (UTAH) 6-3, 6-3
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. #21 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) 6-7, 0-3, unfinished
4. #62 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-0, 6-3
5. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Devin Lane (UTAH) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Cowley (UTAH) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-7, 1-2, unfinished
Match Notes
UCLA 18-2; 5-0 Pac-12; National ranking #3
Utah 14-6; 2-3 Pac-12; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,2)
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