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Marcos Giron (right) downed Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian in Monday's NCAA Singles Final.
Giron Becomes UCLA's 11th NCAA Singles Champion
By: UCLA Athletics
Athens, Ga. - UCLA men's tennis player Marcos Giron became the 11th NCAA Singles Champion in school history on Monday, posting a straight-set victory over Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian in the men's final at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Giron, a junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., is UCLA's first NCAA Singles winner since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006.

"This means so much to me," said Giron, who with the win earns one of the USTA's wild cards to the U.S. Open in August. "This has to be the biggest tournament win of my career. I'd like to thank Billy Martin and the entire UCLA program for everything they have done for me."

Giron, who lost just one set in six matches during the tournament, broke Sarkissian in the fifth game of the first set to take a 3-2 lead. He then went on to hold serve for the remainder of the set to take it 6-4. Giron continued his hot play to start the second set, breaking Sarkissian twice to eventually take a 4-0 lead. Sarkissian was able to stop the bleeding and hold serve for 4-1, however Giron took the next two games for a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Monday marked the second meeting of the season between Giron and Sarkissian, with Giron also winning in straight sets on Feb. 22 at UCLA.

Only a junior, Giron still has one season of eligibility remaining. He mentioned in his on-court interview following the match that he is keeping his options open.

"I'm going to play a lot this summer and see where I'm at," said Giron. "I'll take the fall season off but after that I might come back to school."

Giron ends the season with a 30-5 overall record, marking this second-straight 30-win season. His victory over Sarkissian is also his team-leading 18th of the year over a ranked player.

For more information about this year's NCAA Championships, visit Georgia's Tournament Central Page.

Marcos Giron Post-Match Quotes
On claiming the NCAA Singles title...
"It's an honor, but now I'm so fatigued. Being out here in the humidity all week long is pretty draining, even though I've had some straight-set matches this week, my body is still pretty fatigued. It's tough playing in the hot and humid conditions all week long."

On facing an in-state opponent in Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian...
"Growing up and playing tournaments all year round in Juniors, we always traveled and you seemed to play guys from your region no matter where you are. I just kind of took this match like any other match and just tried to focus."

On fatigue being a factor that worked against Sarkissian today...
"I noticed that he wasn't changing directions quite as strong as he usually does, and so I wanted to make sure I used the entire court making him run and not have too many straight up points. He's a big guy and can hit big, so I wanted to really make him more tired. I know he's had some really tough matches this week, so I imagine that had to have been effecting him a little bit."

On being the 11th UCLA Bruin to win an NCAA Singles title...
"I'd just like to thank the UCLA program. They've done an unbelievable job. (Head Coach) Billy Martin and (Asst. Coach) Grant Chen have done an awesome job and have just really supported me throughout the season. To become a part of such an exclusive group of champions is just an honor, and I'm just honored."

UCLA NCAA Singles Champions (11)
Jack Tidball (1933)
Herb Flam (1950)
Larry Nagler (1960)
Allen Fox (1961)
Arthur Ashe (1965)
Charles Pasarell (1966)
Jeff Borowiak (1970)
Jimmy Connors (1971)
Billy Martin (1975)
Benjamin Kohlloeffel (2006)
Marcos Giron (2014)

Giron's Run to the Title
First Rd.: def. Hunter Reese (Tennessee) - 6-1, 6-1
Second Rd: def. Ryan Shane (Virginia) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Rd. of 16: def. Nathan Pasha (Georgia) - 7-6(4), 6-3
Quaterfinals: def. Ben McLachlan (Cal) - 6-1, 6-3
Semifinals: def. (9-16) Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) - 7-5, 6-3
Final: def. Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) - 6-4, 6-1

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Friday, May 13
vs. Weber State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, May 14
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, May 20
vs. Stanford
Tulsa, OK
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
L, 3 - 4