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Junior Dennis Mkrtchian clinched UCLA's 4-0 win over Pepperdine on Friday.
No. 2 Bruins Blank Pepperdine, 4-0 at ITA National Team Indoors
By: UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES - The second-seeded UCLA men's tennis team posted a shutout in its first match of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors on Friday afternoon, downing No. 15 Pepperdine, 4-0 at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, Texas. With the win, UCLA (6-0) moves on to the quarterfinals where it will face No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday at Noon (CST). The Sooners edged No. 10 Illinois, 4-3 on Friday. UCLA vs. Oklahoma LIVE STATS.

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
Match Notes
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
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