No. 8 Bruins Blank St. Mary's, 7-0

Feb. 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES - In it's final tune-up before hosting top-ranked USC next Wednesday, the No. 8 UCLA men's tennis team had little trouble with St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon, registering a 7-0 victory at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The Bruins (11-1) won five of six singles matches in straight sets on Saturday. The only match to go beyond two sets came at court No. 3, where UCLA freshman Marcos Giron recovered from a difficult start against Saad Benkirane, eventually battling back for a 6-7(6), 6-2, (12-10) victory. Giron even fought off a match point down 9-10 in the decidig 10-point tiebreaker.

With freshman Dennis Mkrtchian sitting out of Saturday's contest, redshirt junior Alex Brigham got the nod at the No. 6 singles spot and he didn't disappoint, registering a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Samuel Bloore. Other straight-set winners for UCLA on the day were Nick Meister, Clay Thompson, Adrien Puget and Maxime Tabatruong.

UCLA swept doubles action on the day, posting wins at all three courts. The 7-0 decision marks UCLA's sixth shutout in 12 matches this season.

UCLA's cross-town showdown against No. 1 USC on Wednesday will begin at 2:00 p.m.

#8 UCLA 7, #64 St. Mary's 0
Feb 25, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. Meister/Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Steve Dawson-Roberts/Norstrom (SM) 8-4
2. Brigham/Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Benkirane/Olivan (SM) 8-2
3. Warren Hardie/Thompson (UCLA) def. El Sherbini/Hamdy (SM) 8-6
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #39 Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Maxime Olivan (SM) 6-2, 7-5
2. #70 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Sherif Hamdy (SM) 6-3, 6-3
3. #108 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Saad Benkirane (SM) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 1-0 (12-10)
4. #104 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Joakim Norstrom (SM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Seif El Sherbini (SM) 7-6, 6-3
6. Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Samuel Bloore (SM) 6-1, 6-0

Match Notes
St. Mary's 2-7; National ranking #64
UCLA 11-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,1,5,3)

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