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Chanelle Van Nguyen will play in the quarterfinals of Saturday's NCAA Singles draw.

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Three UCLA Tennis Players Move on to NCAA Quarterfinals
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/23/2014
Athens, Ga. - Freshman Mackenzie McDonald, junior Marcos Giron and junior Chanelle Van Nguyen each posted wins on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of singles play at the NCAA Individual Championships, being held this week at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

UCLA is the only school with two players left in the men's draw. As the No. 2 seed, Giron is the highest seeded player left in the draw after top-seeded Clay Thompson of UCLA was beaten in Wednesday's opening round. Giron downed hometown favorite Nathan Pasha of Georgia, 7-6, 6-3 on Friday.

"I thought it was a really good match today," said Giron. "(Nathan) was playing well, and I played well, and I'm really happy with how I struck the ball today. I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough match because he's a heck of a player, so I'm really happy to come through in straight sets, especially with this heat."

Giron's win sets up a showdown with Cal's Ben McLachlan on Saturday. The two players met at No. 1 singles on April 4 at UCLA however their match was suspended once the Bruins clinched the win. Giron was leading 6-3, 3-6, 2-1 at the time of suspension.

McDonald also advanced to the quarterfinals, although he needed three sets to get past 9-16 seeded Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. McDonald will next face 9-16 seeded Soren Hell-Olesen of Texas.

Following singles, Giron and McDonald were beaten in the round of 16 of doubles play, suffering a 6-1, 6-4 loss to second-seeded Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee.

In women's action, the Bruins dropped two of three matches on Friday with only Van Nguyen advancing. Van Nguyen, a 9-16 seed, downed Stanford's Carol Zhao, 7-5, 6-2. She will take on Duke's Ester Goldfeld in the quarterfinals. Van Nguyen is the last remaining UCLA player in the women's tournament, as second-seeded Robin Anderson and eighth-seeded Jennifer Brady both suffered round of 16 losses on Friday.

Several UCLA players have earned All-America honors this week. Below is the ITA's criteria to be named an All-American:

Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings.

Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings.

For more information about the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships, please visit the University of Georgia's Tournament Central Page. Live stats and video for all the matches can be accessed on that site.

Men's Round of 16 Singles (May 23)
(2) Marcos Giron def. Nathan Pasha (Georgia), 7-6, 6-3
Mackenzie McDonald def. (9-16) Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Men's Round of 16 Doubles (May 23)
(2) Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (Tennessee) def. Giron/McDonald, 6-1, 6-4

Men's Quarterfinal Singles (May 24)
(2) Marcos Giron vs. Ben McLachlan (Cal) - 2:00 p.m.
Mackenzie McDonald vs. (9-16) Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) - Noon

Women's Round of 16 Singles (May 23)
Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. (2) Robin Anderson, 6-1, 6-4
Lynn Chi (Cal) def. (8) Jennifer Brady, 6-3, 6-2
(9-16) Chanelle Van Nguyen def. Carol Zhao (Stanford), 7-5, 6-2

Women's Quarterfinal Singles (May 24)
(9-16) Chanelle Van Nguyen vs. Ester Goldfeld (Duke) - 1:30 p.m.


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