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Big win for UCLA men's tennis

#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 !!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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