This afternoon, the 5th-seeded UCLA Men’s Tennis team returns to action today in the NCAA Tournament when they face the 12th-seed Texas A&M Aggies. The Bruins got to the Round of 16 by easily defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 4-0, last weekend at home.
In Doubles play, UCLA easily won the doubles point as Joseph Di Giulio & Austin Rapp ( defeated Zvonimir Babic & Ricardo Jorge and Maxime Cressy & Ben Goldberg defeated Filip Kraljevic & Tim Sandkaulen. Both pairs won 6-3.
In Singles action, Evan Zhu won the second point of the match for the Bruins when he topped Jorge, 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile, Logan Skaggs beat Sandkaulen, 6-2, 6-1 to give UCLA a 3-0 lead.
Martin Redlicki finished off the Rebels by beating Gustav Hansson, 6-3, 6-2.
When play was halted, Cressy had lost his first set to Fabian Fallert, 6-4, but was up 3-0 in the second and Rapp had lost his first set to Kraljevic, 6-4, and he was trailing 3-2 in the second set. Di Giulio had won his first set 7-5 over Grey Hamilton and his second set was tied 1-1.
Today’s match should be a tougher test for UCLA because the Aggies are a better team. Texas A&M got to today’s match by shutting out both Buffalo and Oregon in the first two rounds of the tournament. The biggest mistake the Bruins can make today would be to take the Aggies lightly. While they are the 12th seed and were ranked 13th in the most recent Top 25 poll, this is a team that handed 3rd seed Ohio State one of their three losses this season. So, A&M has the firepower to defeat even the top teams in the country. So, while the Bruins should come out ahead without Gage Brymer, look for today’s match to be much closer than either team’s first two matches of the tournament.
The winner of today’s match will take on the winner of the match between 13th seed Georgia and 4th seed Southern Cal on Saturday. The match between the Bulldogs and the Trojans will be going on at the same time as the Bruins’ match against the Aggies.