(Los Angeles, Calif.) – The No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins ended the UMKC men’s tennis season on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, taking a 4-0 win and moving to the round of 32.
The Bruins (25-1) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in doubles play, taking 8-1 and 8-3 wins at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. UMKC (13-11) was trailing 7-3 at the No. 2 spot before the match was halted.
In singles play, UCLA rolled out a lineup that included four nationally ranked players, and took control early. Marcos Giron, ranked No. 25 in the nation, took out senior Nino Hasandedic at the No. 1 position, followed by another straight-set shutout at No. 5 by Karue Sell over Tim Akhmedov. The Bruins finished it off at the No. 4 position when 119th ranked Clay Thompson won 6-0, 6-1 over Andrey Smirnov.
Kansas City will head into the offseason with the tough task of replacing five seniors, while moving to a new conference in the WAC. UCLA will play Drake on Saturday in the round of 32 for the right to advance to the NCAA Championships site at Urbana, Illinois.
#1 UCLA 4, UMKC 0
May 10, 2013 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
|1. #25 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) 6-0, 6-0|
|2. #22 Adrien Puget (UCLA) vs. Abdul Alawadhi (UMKC) 6-2, 2-0, unfinished|
|3. #75 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Grant Fleming (UMKC) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished|
|4. #119 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) 6-0, 6-1|
|5. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Tim Akhmedov (UMKC) 6-0, 6-0|
|6. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) vs. Conner Edwards (UMKC) 6-1, 3-0, unfinished|
|1. Adrien Puget/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Abdul Alawadhi/Grant Fleming (UMKC) 8-3|
|2. Marcos Giron/Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) vs. Conner Edwards/David Heckler (UMKC) 7-3, unfinished|
|3. Alex Brigham/Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Tim Akhmedov/Nino Hasandedic (UMKC) 8-1|
|UCLA 25-1; National ranking #1|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,5,4)|
|UCLA advances to meet Drake in NCAA 2nd Round on Saturday at 3:00 PM|