Men's Tennis Dispatches of BYU, 6-1

Jan. 20, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The ninth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team cruised to a win in its 2012 season opener on Friday, registering a 6-1 non-conference victory over BYU at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Bruin freshmen Marcos Giron and Dennis Mkrtchian both notched straight-set singles wins in their collegiate dual-match debuts. Giron, ranked 86th nationally, dispatched of 106th-ranked Patrick Kawka, 7-5, 7-6(4) at court No. 3. He also contributed in doubles, teaming with Alex Brigham for an 8-3 win over Francis Sargeant and Spencer Smith at court No. 2. Mkrtchian was the first Bruin player to finish his singles match, as he lost just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 win over Michael Eraso at court No. 6.

Playing in his first dual match in nearly two years, senior Nick Meister was victorious at court No. 1 on Friday, downing 43rd-ranked Georgy Batrakov, 6-3, 6-3. It marked Meister's first dual match since the 2010 NCAA Tournament, as he was forced to sit out all of last season with an injury.

Other singles winners on the day for UCLA were Maxime Tabatruong (court No. 4) and Brigham (court No. 5). BYU's lone point on the day came at court No. 2, where Smith upset 72nd-ranked Clay Thompson, 2-6, 6-3, (10-6).

The Bruins return to the court next week, hosting UC Irvine on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

#9 UCLA 6, #36 BYU 1
Jan 20, 2012 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. Meister/Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Batrakov/Kawka (BYU) 8-3
2. Brigham/Giron (UCLA) def. Sargeant/Smith (BYU) 8-3
3. Warren Hardie/Thompson (UCLA) def. Cullimore/Eraso (BYU) 8-3
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. #43 Georgy Batrakov (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. #72 Clay Thompson (UCLA) 2-6, 6-3, (10-6)
3. #86 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #106 Patrick Kawka (BYU) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. #67 Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Francis Sargeant (BYU) 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
6. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Michael Eraso (BYU) 6-2, 6-0

Match Notes
BYU 1-2; National ranking #36
UCLA 1-0; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,1,2,5)

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at Virginia
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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
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at Stanford
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W, 4 - 3
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vs. USC
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Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
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at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
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at Arizona
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W, 4 - 0
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at Utah
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W, 4 - 0
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vs. UC San Diego
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at USC
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vs. Stanford
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vs. California
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