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UCLA Men's Tennis Begins the Quest for #114

The second-seeded Bruins open NCAA Tournament action with a first round match against Weber State.


NCAA Tournament First Round

#2 UCLA Men's Tennis (22-2)

Opponent: Weber State (14-7)

When: 1:00 PM PDT, Friday, May 13, 2016

Where: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts, Los Angeles, CA

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It's been nearly 3 months since UCLA lost a match. Since their 4-2 loss to North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2016 ITA Division 1 National Men's Team Indoor Championship, the Bruins have notched 15 straight wins, finished with a perfect regular season record in the Pac-12, and then captured the conference tournament title. Needless to say, it's been a very good season for Coach Martin's team.

There's still one more challenge for the Bruins this season: a national championship.

As the tournament's second-seeded team, the Bruins are hosting the first two rounds of the competition. UCLA's first round opponent is Weber State (14-7), a team not ranked in the ITA top-75. That should mean that the Bruins have a relatively easy path to the second round where they would face the winner of the first round match between San Diego (23-7) and Vanderbilt (17-13).

The Bruins have a strong group of experienced players throughout the lineup. Junior Mackenzie McDonald, the nation's sixth-ranked singles player, leads the Bruins. His double partner is sophomore Martin Redlicki, the 38th-ranked player in the nation. UCLA's #3 singles player is junior Gage Brymer, currently ranked 58th nationally. On court 4, the Bruins have #101 senior Karue Sell. Sell combines with Joseph Di Giulio to form UCLA's #2 doubles team.

The Bruins' lineup will probably feature sophomore Logan Staggs on court 5 and Di Giulio in his customary spot on court 6. Austin Rapp and Maxime Cressy will likely pair up as UCLA's #3 duo.

As long as the Bruins play close to their usual level, they should defeat Weber State comfortably this afternoon and advance to tomorrow's second round contest at 1:00 PM PDT.