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Freshman Gage Brymer was a 6-1, 6-1 winner on Saturday against No. 11 Florida.
No. 2 Bruins Begin Pac-12/SEC Challenge With a Victory
By: UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team lost the doubles point but managed to get four-straight victories in singles play on Saturday to down No. 11 Florida, 4-1 in the first day of competition at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. UCLA (4-0) rounds out play at the event on Sunday, taking on No. 3 Georgia at 10:00 a.m. That match can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.

After both teams traded wins at court Nos. 2 and 3, Saturday's doubles point came down to court No. 1, where UCLA's 10th-ranked Mackenzie McDonald and Marcos Giron were in a tight battle with Florida's Michael Alford and Stephane Piro. The match was ultimately decided by a thrilling tiebreaker, where Alford and Piro prevailed 10-8.

Following doubles, UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the match when Florida's top player Spencer Newman was forced to retire in the first set of his match against top-ranked Clay Thompson at court No. 1. Thompson was leading 4-3 at the time of retirement.

Bruin freshman Gage Brymer then put the Bruins ahead 3-0 when he dominated 53rd-ranked Elliott Orkin at court No. 4, winning 6-1, 6-1. Brymer is currently ranked No. 120 in the ITA Singles Rankings.

Brymer's win put UCLA within a point of clinching the match and the Bruins would get that clinching win at court No. 6, where Dennis Mkrtchian beat Gator Florent Diep, 6-3, 6-5(2).

The loss marks Florida's first of the season, as the Gators are now 3-1 on the year. Florida will take on No. 4 USC on Sunday following the UCLA-Georgia match.

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Pac-12/SEC Challenge
#2 UCLA 4, #11 Florida 1
Feb 01, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA (Marks Tennis Stadium)

1. Michael Alford/Piro (UF) def. #10 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) 6-5(8)
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) def. Lipman/Watson (UF) 6-3
3. Hidalgo/Newman (UF) def. Mkrtchian/Sell (UCLA) 6-3

Florida Wins Doubles Point

1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Spencer Newman (UF) 4-3, retired
2. #11 Marcos Giron (UCLA) vs. Diego Hidalgo (UF) 5-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #62 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #111 Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 6-1
4. #120 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #53 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-1, 6-1
5. #63 Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #109 Maxx Lipman (UF) 4-6, 4-5, unfinished
6. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Florent Diep (UF) 6-3, 6-5(2)
Match Notes
Florida 3-1; National ranking #11
UCLA 4-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,6)
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