Third-Ranked UCLA Downs No. 14 Tennessee, 4-1
Feb. 15, 2013
SEATTLE - The third-seeded UCLA men's tennis team moved into the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors on Friday morning, posting a 4-1 victory over 14th-seeded Tennessee at the University of Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA (8-0) advances on to face sixth-seeded Georgia on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. The Bulldogs were 4-0 winners over Ole Miss on Friday.
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UCLA continued its streak of winning the doubles point in every match this season, claiming wins at court Nos. 2 and 3 to earn a 1-0 advantage in the match. After Adrien Puget and Karue Sell posted an 8-4 win at court No. 2, the Bruins clinched the point when Alex Brigham and Dennis Mkrtchian notched an 8-5 win over Brandon Fickey and Hunter Reese at the No. 3 spot.
The Bruins then took a 2-0 lead in singles when Sell posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Edward Jones at court No. 6. Sell remains the only player on the team to post a win in each of UCLA's eight victories this season.
Following Sell's victory, Tennessee (11-2) would notch its lone point of the afternoon at court No. 1, where 11th-ranked Mikelis Libietis was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over 58th-ranked Dennis Novikov.
Although the Volunteers managed to get on the board and cut the lead to 2-1, UCLA quickly notched a pair of straight-set victories to close out the match. Mkrtchian, who debuted at No. 55 in the ITA Singles Rankings this week, gave UCLA a 3-1 lead when he recorded a 7-6(3), 6-1 win over 87th-ranked Fickey at court No. 4. Bruin sophomore Marcos Giron then clinched the win for UCLA at the No. 2 spot, as he downed 26th-ranked Hunter Reese, 6-3, 7-5. Giron is the Bruins' highest-ranked singles player at No. 13.
UCLA was in good shape in the two remaining matches that were suspended, as Clay Thompson led John Collins, 4-0 in the third set at court No. 5, and Puget was up a set over Jarryd Chaplin at court No. 3.
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