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Marcos Giron is in the NCAA Semifinals and a serious threat to win this year's title (Photo: Scott Chandler)
Giron Reaches Semifinals at NCAA Championships
By: UCLA Athletics
Athens, Ga. - Junior men's tennis player Marcos Giron punched his ticket to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles draw on Saturday and is the last UCLA tennis player still alive in this year's NCAA Individual Championships, which concludes on Monday at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Giron, the tournament's No. 2 seed, lost just four games in a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Cal's Ben McLachlan. With the win, Giron will take on 9-16 seeded Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas on Sunday (not before 1:30 p.m. EST). Hess-Olesen ruined UCLA's hopes of an all-Bruin semifinal when he knocked out freshman Mackenzie McDonald, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3 in Saturday's quarterfinals.

"I felt like I played a really good match out there," said Giron of his quarterfinal win. "This is the first time I've beat Ben, and so coming into the match I knew it was going to be a tough one. I'm really happy with the way I played. I served well, took care of my serve, didn't get broken, and so I think that could have a been a big difference in the match. I was just taking good care of my serve and putting pressure on him early on."

The other half of the men's draw features Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian taking on Harvard's Denis Nguyen. Like Giron, both Sarkissian and Nguyen are from Southern California, giving the SoCal Section three of four semifinalists.

In the quarterfinals of the women's singles draw, Bruin junior Chanelle Van Nguyen suffered a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Duke's Ester Goldfeld. That loss concludes the teams involvement in this year's tournament as both second-seeded Robin Anderson and eighth-seeded Jennifer Brady lost on Friday.

A live video stream of Sunday's quarterfinals can be accessed HERE. For more information about the tournament, visit the University of Georgia's Tournament Central Page.

NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships
Dan Magill Tennis Complex (Athens, Ga.)

Men's Quarterfinal Singles (May 24)
(2) Marcos Giron def. Ben McLachlan (Cal), 6-1, 6-3
(9-16) Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. Mackenzie McDonald, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3

Men's Semifinal Singles (May 25)
(2) Marcos Giron vs. (9-16) Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) - Not before 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Women's Quarterfinal Singles
Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def. (9-16) Chanelle Van Nguyen, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

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