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Marcos Giron downed Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas 7-5, 6-3 in Sunday's NCAA Semifinals (Photo: Scott Chandler)
Giron One Win Away From a Championship
By: UCLA Athletics
Athens, Ga. - Men's tennis player Marcos Giron is now one win away from becoming UCLA's first NCAA Singles Champion since 2006, as the Bruin junior notched a straight-set victory in Sunday's NCAA Semifinals at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The second-seeded Giron, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was a 7-5, 6-3 winner over 9-16 seed Soren Hess-Olesen from Texas. Unseeded Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine was also a winner in the other side of the draw, as he downed Denis Nguyen of Harvard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Giron and Sarkissian are scheduled to face off at Noon (EST) on Monday.

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"I was definitely a bit nervous out there just with it being the NCAA Semifinals," said Giron. "But once I got going, I settled down a bit. He was a really solid opponent, and it was a tough match, but I knew that coming into it. I'm just looking forward to coming out tomorrow and trying to win."

Giron and Sarkissian have met once this season, with Giron taking a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles on Feb. 22 at UCLA. Since both players are American (Sarkissian is from Glendale, Calif.) there is a U.S. Open main draw wildcard on the line for the winner. The runner-up will get a spot in the qualifying draw.

UCLA's last NCAA Singles Champion was Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006, as he defeated Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, 6-1, 6-4 in the final that year at Stanford. In total, the Bruins have had 10 NCAA Singles Champions including current head coach Billy Martin in 1975.

More information about this year's NCAA Tennis Championships can be found at the University of Georgia's Tournament Central Page.

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