Bruins Blank Bulldogs, 4-0

Jan. 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES - The ninth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team qualified for next month's USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Sunday following a 4-0 victory over Fresno State during ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins (4-0) will take part in the 16-team indoor event from Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va.

Doubles play couldn't have been any closer on Saturday, as the point came down to court No. 2, where Fresno State's David Ayoun and Zachary Leslie were in a tight battle with UCLA's Alex Brigham and Marcos Giron. Ayoun and Leslie actually had two match points in the showdown, with the first one coming when Giron was serving at 7-8 to keep UCLA in the match. The other came when the Bulldogs owned 6-5 advantage in the tiebreaker. The Bruins, however, were able to fend off both Fresno State chances, eventually converting a match point of their own up 7-6 in the tiebreaker to take the match 9-8(6).

UCLA rode the momentum from it's emotional doubles victory to move out to an early lead in singles play, winning four of six first sets. Freshmen Dennis Mkrtchian and Giron both notched straight-set wins to give UCLA a 3-0 advantage. That opened the way for junior Maxime Tabatruong to clinch it at court No. 4, as he downed Leslie, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Bruins the 4-0 victory.

UCLA heads to the Bay Area next weekend for a pair of matches against Cal and Stanford. The results of those matches will not count in the Pac-12 standings.

#9 UCLA 4, #35 Fresno State 0
Jan 29, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. Meister/Puget (UCLA) def. Boutillier/Alcantara (FSU) 8-6
2. Alex Brigham/Giron (UCLA) def. Ayoun/Leslie (FSU) 9-8(6)
3. Diame/Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FSU) def. Warren Hardie/Mkrtchian (UCLA) 8-6
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. Nick Meister (UCLA) vs. #14 Remi Boutillier (FSU) 5-7, 5-3, unfinished
2. #72 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. #44 Francis Alcantara (FSU) 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
3. #86 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Jean-Charles Diame (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Zachary Leslie (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. David Ayoun (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. #94 Adrien Puget (UCLA) vs. Reid deLaubenfels (FSU) 4-6, 6-0, 2-1, unfinished

Match Notes
Fresno State 1-1; National ranking #35
UCLA 4-0; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,4)
UCLA advances to USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Charlottesville, Va.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
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 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Weber State
Los Angeles, CA
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