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UCLA Men’s Tennis Begins NCAA Tournament Action Against Grand Canyon

The Bruins men’s tennis team is one of UCLA’s athletic programs starting the Quest for 117 this weekend.

Senior Maxime Cressy will look to lead a team of underclassmen in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament, starting this afternoon.
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The UCLA Men’s Tennis team finished up the regular season ranked fourteenth in the nation and, today, they begin play in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament as the #11 seed against the Grand Canyon Antelopes.

After finishing up the regular season undefeated in conference play, the Bruins stumbled in the Pac-12 Semifinals and lost to UC Berkeley last week.

UCLA is led by senior Maxime Cressy and sophomore Keegan Smith. While the duo is seeded second for the doubles competition, when it comes to singles neither is seeded as part of the singles competition. Cressy will play on court one for the Bruins when it comes to singles while Smith will be on court two.

Overall, this is a very young Bruin team. So, UCLA may not advance as deeply a they have in years past.

The Bruins’ second doubles court will see freshman Govind Nanda paired with redshirt sophomore Connor Rapp while the third doubles court will have sophomore Bryce Pereira paired with Patrick Zahraj.

Nanda and Zahraj will also play singles on courts three and four, respectively. Meanwhile, look for junior Ben Goldberg on singles court five. Goldberg is the only other upperclassman on the team besides Cressy. Finally, Eric Hahn is the most likely guy to be on singles court five.

None of this weekend’s matches will be televised or streamed, but you can follow along using the live stats link in the sidebar above.

This is your UCLA Bruins vs. GCU Antelopes NCAA Men’s Tennis First Round open thread.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!!