Herb Flam won the NCAA singles title, then paired with Gene Garrett to win the doubles crown, as UCLA captured its first national title in tennis. Flam, the Bruins' co-captain (along with future head coach Glenn Bassett), finished his four-year career without ever losing a collegiate match. Bassett and Jack Shoemaker both reached the round of 16 in individual play. Coach Bill Ackerman's squad lost only two matches all season.
None of the top three and only two of the top six players were back from head coach J.D. Morgan's first team in 1951, but the Bruins went on to win the 1952 NCAA title, their second in three years. The infusion of talent was led by Bob Perry, the top-ranked junior in the nation, who emerged as the team's star. He was joined by fellow newcomers Ron Livingston and Jimmy Read. Captain Keith Self and Larry Huebner were the returning veterans.
The Bruins earned their second consecutive NCAA title under J.D. Morgan, their third in four years. UCLA's top players included Bob Perry, Larry Huebner, Ron Livingston, Dick Doss and Jim Read. The Bruins' only setbacks came to a team of southern California all-stars and a narrow 5-4 defeat to California in the decisive match for the Pacific Coast Conference title.
Coach J.D. Morgan's squad forged UCLA's first undefeated season and won the school's fourth national championship in five years. Co-captains Bob Perry and Ron Livingston were the stars. The two teamed to win the national doubles title. Perry, who played in the Davis Cup for the United States, advanced to the singles final. Livingston, who also played basketball for the Bruins, finished the season as college tennis' third-ranked player.
UCLA edged USC by one point to win its fifth national team title in seven years at the NCAA championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Senior captain Joe Blatchford, Greg Garman and Dwight Makoff returned from the 1955 team that tied for third at the NCAAs, and were joined by varsity newcomers such as Mike Franks, Johnny Lesch, Franklin Johnson and Johnny Cranston. Mike Green was a transfer from Modesto Junior College's national-championship team. The Bruins won the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division dual-match title by sweeping six matches from USC, Stanford and California.
The Bruins ended USC's stranglehold on men's track and field by winning their first NCAA championship. Rafer Johnson, the world record holder in the decathlon, was a prime factor in UCLA's success. He helped UCLA capture the Pacific Coast Conference championship with a victory in the low hurdles and second-place finishes in the broad jump and 100, then added second-place efforts in the broad jump and high hurdles at the NCAAs. Other key performers included Ron Drummond (the NCAA discus champion), Nick Dyer (who tied for the NCAA title in the high jump), Don Vick (shot put and discus), Bob Seaman (distance runs), Russ Ellis (sprints and relays) and Dick Knaub (broad jump). Ducky Drake was named the national coach of the year.
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