#3 UCLA beat #2 Virginia in Los Angeles, in a rematch of last year's NCAA finals.
Freshman Joseph Di Giulio and senior Clay Thompson (also putting up 3's for the Warriors, so very busy) won at #2 doubles, 8-3. The #1 Virginia doubles team beat junior Marcos Giron and sophomore Karue Sell 8-4. So the doubles point came down to #3, and freshmen Gage Bryner and Mackenzie McDonald came through for UCLA 8-5.
Mackenzie McDonald then won at #3 singles 7-5, 6-4 to put the Bruins up 2-0. Virginia's #5 singles beat Karue Sell in 3 sets to make the score UCLA 2, Virginia 1.
Clay Thompson, the #1 ranked player in the country, beat Virginia's #1, who is ranked #4, in 3 sets, 7-6 (tiebreak), 3-6, 7-5, to put the Bruins back up by a score of 3-1.
Marcos Giron, the #5 ranked player in the country, won in 3 sets at #2 singles, 5-7 and then 2 7-6 tiebreaks. This was obviously a nip and tuck match. That clinched the match for UCLA.
The other matches then finished, with Virginia's #6 beating Joseph Di Giulio in 3 sets, and Virginia's #4 beat Gage Bryner also in 3 sets. Di Giulio won the 1st set 6-1, and then lost the next 2 sets in tiebreakers. Bryner lost the 1st set 6-4, won the 2nd set 6-4, and then lost the 3rd set in a tiebreak.
This was a great day for collegiate tennis, and for UCLA tennis in particular. It took all 3 matches to decide the doubles point. 4 of the 6 singles matches went to 3 sets, with the 3rd sets of those matches including 3 tiebreakers and one 7-5 score.
This match was top heavy for UCLA, winning the doubles and 1,2,3 singles, while losing 4,5,6 singles. But a great win.
Go Bruins !!