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Mackenzie McDonald helped UCLA to a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday at the LATC.
Men's Tennis Downs Wisconsin, 5-0
By: UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team dispatched of the visiting Wisconsin Badgers by a 5-0 score on Saturday afternoon in the first round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins (2-0) move on to Sunday's second round and will take on Texas Tech at 1:00 p.m. The Red Raiders downed Nebraska, 4-1 earlier on Saturday.

UCLA's three freshman continued to shine on Saturday, as Mackenzie McDonald, Gage Brymer and Joseph Di Giulio all posted straight-set singles wins. With the Bruins leading 3-0, the match was clinched at the No. 5 position, where Di Giulio downed Michael Sinha, 6-4, 6-2. Although Di Giulio's win effectively clinched the victory for UCLA, McDonald finished within seconds of that result at court No. 2, beating Oskar Wikberg, 6-2, 6-5(4) to give the Bruins their fifth point of the afternoon.

Top-ranked Clay Thompson was also a winner for the Bruins in singles, dispatching of Petr Satral, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.

Junior Dennis Mkrtchian came up just short in his bid to claim a point for the Bruins on Saturday, as play was suspended with him up 5-1 in a second-set tiebreaker against Jakhongir Jalalov at court No. 4. Mkrtchian won the first set 6-2. Ryoto Tachi was also a game within winning his match at court No. 6, where he led Elliott Sprecher, 6-3, 5-3.

#2 UCLA 5, #66 Wisconsin 0
Jan 25, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. #10 Marcos Giron/McDonald (UCLA) vs. Kokorev/Satral (WIS) 3-3, unfinished
2. Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) def. Jalalov/Wikberg (WIS) 6-2
3. Brymer/Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Sprecher/John Zordani (WIS) 6-2

UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-1, 6-4
2. #62 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Oskar Wikberg (WIS) 6-2, 6-5(4)
3. #120 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS) 6-4, 6-0
4. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Michael Sinha (WIS) 6-4, 6-2
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA) vs. Elliott Sprecher (WIS) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
Match Notes
Wisconsin 0-1; National ranking #66
UCLA 2-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,5,2)
UCLA advances to face Texas Tech on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Wisconsin will take on Nebraska in a consolation match at 10:00 a.m.
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