No. 5 Bruins Blank Lions, 7-0

March 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES - Playing its first match in nearly two weeks, the fifth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Loyola Marymount at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon. It marked the final non-conference match of the regular season for the Bruins, who head into conference play this weekend with a 14-2 overall record. With the loss, the Lions see their record fall to 7-8 overall.

Sophomore Clay Thompson and junior Maxime Tabatruong were flawless in singles action on Tuesday, as neither player yielded a single game. Thompson downed Alex Wilton, 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 position, and Tabatruong beat Daniel Simko by the same score at court No. 6.

Tuesday marked the collegiate debut for freshman Dennis Novikov, who has enrolled at UCLA for the spring quarter. He and Thompson teamed together in doubles, notching an 8-7(5) victory over Felix Van Kann and Wilton at court No. 3. Novikov then went on to register a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicholas Bjerke at court No. 2.

Marcos Giron, Adrien Puget and Dennis Mkrtchian were also straight-set winners on Tuesday.

UCLA opens up Pac-12 play on the road later this week, facing Oregon on Friday and Washington on Saturday.

#5 UCLA 7, Loyola Marymount 0
Mar 27, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. Alex Brigham/Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Bjerke/Bustamante (LMU) 8-4
2. Giron/Puget (UCLA) def. Simko/Volmari (LMU) 8-1
3. Novikov/Thompson (UCLA) def. Van Kann/Wilton (LMU) 8-7(5)
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #59 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Alex Wilton (LMU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) def. Nicholas Bjerke (LMU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #115 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Sebastian Bustamante (LMU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #51 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Todd Volmari (LMU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Felix Van Kann (LMU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Daniel Simko (LMU) 6-0, 6-0

Match Notes
Loyola Marymount 7-8
UCLA 14-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,5,4,2,3)

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Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Friday, May 13
vs. Weber State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, May 14
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, May 20
vs. Stanford
Tulsa, OK
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
L, 3 - 4
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