April 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES - One day after downing No. 12 Cal, the sixth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team completed a weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools on Sunday, dispatching of No. 11 Stanford, 6-1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA improves to 20-2 on the season, giving the team 20 wins for the first time since 2009. More importantly, UCLA's victory sets up a huge meeting with top-ranked USC next Friday, as both teams enter the final match of the regular season with 6-0 records in Pac-12 play, meaning that the winner will earn the conference title outright. Stanford, which also lost to USC on Saturday, falls to 14-7 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12 with the loss.
UCLA was never really tested in doubles on Sunday, winning all three matches by the same 8-3 score. Alex Brigham and Adrien Puget picked up their second top 5 win of the weekend when they beat fifth-ranked Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher at court No. 1. The Bruin duo was coming off an 8-3 win over third-ranked Nick Andrews and Chris Konigsfeldt the previous day.
The Bruins were equally as dominant in singles play, winning five of six matches in straight sets. UCLA lost just a total of three games at court Nos. 4-6, with Marcos Giron, Puget and Dennis Mkrtchian all cruising to wins. Mkrtchian turned in the best performance, downing Daniel Ho, 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 6 position.
UCLA and USC will square off at 3:00 p.m. next Friday at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. Admission is free.
#6 UCLA 6, #11 Stanford 1
Apr 15, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
|1. Alex Brigham/Puget (UCLA) def. #5 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) 8-3|
|2. Meister/Novikov (UCLA) def. Jamin Ball/Kandath (STAN) 8-3|
|3. Giron/Warren Hardie (UCLA) def. Ho/Morrissey (STAN) 8-3|
|1. #46 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. #62 Clay Thompson (UCLA) 6-4, 6-4|
|2. #32 Nick Meister (UCLA) def. #30 Ryan Thacher (STAN) 6-3, 7-5|
|3. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) def. Matt Kandath (STAN) 6-4, 7-5|
|4. #117 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. John Morrissey (STAN) 6-2, 6-0|
|5. #71 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Robert Stineman (STAN) 6-0, 6-1|
|6. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Daniel Ho (STAN) 6-0, 6-0|
|Stanford 14-7; 4-2 Pac-12; National ranking #11|
|UCLA 20-2; 6-0 Pac-12; National ranking #6|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)|