LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's tennis team moved within a match of qualifying for next month's USTA/ITA National Team Indoors on Saturday, downing Cal Poly, 4-0 in the opening match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins (2-0) will qualify for the Indoors with a win over BYU in the championship match. The Cougars beat South Florida, 4-0 in their first-round match on Saturday.
NOTE: Because BYU does not play on Sundays, both teams are looking at potentially playing the match on Monday, however a time has not yet been determined.
Bruin sophomore Marcos Giron and Cal Poly's Andre Dome squared off in the featured singles match of the afternoon at No. 1 singles. Giron, who was playing his first career match at the No. 1 spot for UCLA, is ranked No. 12 nationally in singles, while Dome owns a national singles ranking of No. 89. Giron lived up to his ranking, posting a 6-3, 6-4 victory to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage in the dual match.
UCLA freshman Karue Sell was next off at court No. 6, dispatching of Naveen Beasley, 6-3, 6-3. That set the stage for sophomore Dennis Novikov to clinch it at court No. 2, where he beat Marco Comuzzo, 6-4, 6-4.
Prior to singles, UCLA notched a pair of wins in doubles to claim the one point awarded for doubles play, taking an 8-1 victory at court No. 3 followed by an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot. Court No. 1 was suspended with the Bruins leading 7-4.
Although UCLA will not be in action tomorrow, Cal Poly will take on South Florida in a consolation match (not before 10:30 a.m.). Sunday's schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. - Washington vs. South Florida (Women's First Round resumes)
Not before 10:30 a.m. - Cal Poly vs. South Florida (Men's Consolation)
Not before 1:00 p.m. - UCLA vs. winner of Washington/USF (Women's Championship)
Not before 4:00 p.m. - San Diego vs. loser of Washington/USF (Women's Consolation)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
#3 UCLA 4, #57 Cal Poly 0
Jan 26, 2013 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. Giron/Novikov (UCLA) vs. Bridge/Dome (CP) 7-4, unfinished
2. Puget/Sell (UCLA) def. Gannon Daynes/Matt Thompson (CP) 8-2
3. Alex Brigham/Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Comuzzo/De Jager (CP) 8-1
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
1. #12 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #89 Andre Dome (CP) 6-3, 6-4
2. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) def. Marco Comuzzo (CP) 6-4, 6-4
3. Adrien Puget (UCLA) vs. Jordan Bridge (CP) 7-6, 2-4, unfinished
4. #41 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Derek Klein (CP) 7-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Jurgen De Jager (CP) 6-1, 4-5, unfinished
6. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Naveen Beasley (CP) 6-3, 6-3
Cal Poly 2-1; National ranking #57
UCLA 2-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,6,2)