Maxime Cressy clinched UCLA’s 4-1 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament round of 16 on Thursday, sending the No. 5 Bruins to their sixth straight Elite Eight.
UCLA (22-5) will play host Georgia in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT after the No. 13 seed Bulldogs upset No. 4 USC in the Sweet 16.
After the Bruins won the doubles point, Evan Zhu scored an upset singles victory as he won in straight sets over Jordi Arconada, who is ranked 48th in the country, at No. 2 singles.
Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets at No. 6 before Cressy’s 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles sealed UCLA’s spot in the next round.
The UCLA men’s tennis team cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament without its top singles player, sweeping Army on Friday and Ole Miss on Saturday at home to advance to the Sweet 16.
Junior Martini Redlicki clinched both of UCLA’s wins with two straight-set victories at No. 1 singles after he was elevated to the top spot due to a season-ending injury to senior Gage Brymer. The Bruins didn’t drop a single set during the entire weekend.
No. 5 UCLA (21-5) will play No. 12 Texas A&M in Athens, Ga., on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. The Bruins are playing for their first NCAA team title since 2005.
UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald became the first NCAA men’s tennis player to win singles and doubles national titles in the same year since 2001 on Monday, defeating No. 1 seed Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State in the singles final before teaming with Martin Redlicki to win the doubles title.
McDonald is the first player to achieve the title two-step since Georgia’s Matias Boeker. It’s the first time since 1971 that UCLA has swept both titles when Jimmy Connors won the singles crowd and Jeff Borowiak and Haroon Rahim claimed the doubles title.
McDonald, the No. 6 seed in the singles tournament, only gave up one set en route to his national title, the 12th singles title for UCLA men’s tennis and the second in three years.
Redlicki and McDonald won UCLA’s first doubles title since 1996 (Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic).
The UCLA softball team went undefeated at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional this past weekend to advance to the Super Regional. After a regional-championship-clinching victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, the Bruins advanced to play Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in a three-game series that starts Saturday.
Other happenings around UCLA athletics
- Men’s tennis is Sweet 16 bound as the Bruins cruised to two NCAA wins at home. The Bruins swept Weber State 4-0 in the first round, then did the same to San Diego in the second. The team faces Stanford in the Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla., at 5 p.m. on Friday.
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