The Bruins and Waves, who are actually scheduled to meet at UCLA next week, were not supposed to face off in the first round at the Indoors. Pepperdine was a late replacement in the event after Duke was unable to make it to Houston due to severe weather in North Carolina.
UCLA claimed the doubles point on Friday when ninth-ranked Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald were 6-2 winners over Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian at court No. 1. Joseph Di Giulio and Clay Thompson preceded that clinching point with a 6-1 win over Tom Hill and David Sofaer at court No. 2.
It was fairly routine for the Bruins from there on out, as UCLA cruised to three straight-set victories to lock up the 4-0 victory. The clinching win came from court No. 5, where Dennis Mkrtchian downed Pedro Leme, 6-4, 6-5(2).
USTA/ITA National Team Indoors
#2 UCLA 4, #15 Pepperdine 0
Feb 14, 2014 at Houston, TX (Downtown Club at the Met)
|1. #9 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) def. Sarkissian/Alcantara (PEP) 6-2|
|2. Thompson/Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sofaer/Hill (PEP) 6-1|
|3. Mkrtchian/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Alex Giannini/Leme (PEP) 3-4, unfinished|
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
|1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. #36 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished|
|2. #5 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #116 David Sofaer (PEP) 6-2, 6-0|
|3. #51 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. Francis Alcantara (PEP) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished|
|4. #26 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-0, 6-2|
|5. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Pedro Leme (PEP) 6-4, 6-5(2)|
|6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished|
|Pepperdine 4-2; National ranking #15|
|UCLA 6-0; National ranking #2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,4,5)|
|ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship - First Round|