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Karue Sell cruised in singles play against Pepperdine on Saturday.

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Fourth-Ranked Bruins Dispatch of No. 19 Pepperdine, 4-0
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/22/2014
LOS ANGELES - For the second time in just two weeks, the UCLA men's tennis team dispatched of local rival No. 19 Pepperdine on Saturday, posting a 4-0 victory over the Waves at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The fourth-ranked Bruins (8-1) beat Pepperdine by the same 4-0 score in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston on Feb. 14.

The Waves (5-5) came out fired up in doubles, givng the Bruins a run for their money at pretty much every court. Although UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Clay Thompson managed to take an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot, Pepperdine answered right back at court No. 1, where Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian posted a huge upset over ninth-ranked Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald. The doubles point eventually came down to court No. 3 and fortunately for UCLA, Gage Brymer and Karue Sell were able to recover from an early deficit to ultimately edge Pedro Leme and Rakshay Thakkar, 8-7(1).

While doubles play was close, singles was anything but, with UCLA cruising to three straight-set victories to take the match. Sell turned in the most dominating performance of the afternoon at court No. 6, where he beat Tom Hill, 6-1, 6-0. It marked a successful return to the singles lineup for Sell, who has been mostly limited to doubles play due to injury.

McDonald, who is ranked 51st nationally, then made it 3-0 in favor of UCLA at court No. 3, as he downed 116th-ranked David Sofaer, 6-2, 6-1.

Giron would get the clinching victory at the No. 1 position, where he downed the 36th-ranked Sarkissian, 6-2, 6-3. Giron is currently ranked fifth in the ITA Singles Rankings.

Following Giron's victory, all three remaining matches were suspended. UCLA was up a set at all three positions.

The Bruins have one of their biggest home matches of the season on Tuesday, as No. 2 USC visits the Los Angeles Tennis Center at Noon. That match will be carried live by the Pac-12 Networks (beginning at 1:30 p.m.).

#4 UCLA 4, #19 Pepperdine 0
Feb 22, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. Alcantara/Sarkissian (PEP) def. #9 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) 8-5
2. Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) def. Hill/Sofaer (PEP) 8-5
3. Brymer/Sell (UCLA) def. Leme/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 8-7(1)
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
1. #5 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #36 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) 6-2, 6-3
2. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Francis Alcantara (PEP) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
3. #51 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #116 David Sofaer (PEP) 6-2, 6-1
4. #26 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 7-6(7), 1-1, unfinished
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Pedro Leme (PEP) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
6. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Pepperdine 5-5; National ranking #19
UCLA 8-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,1)

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