Top-seeded UCLA eases past Vanderbilt in Round of 16 with 4-0 sweep
URBANA, Ill. -- Top-seeded UCLA opened their 2013 NCAA team championship campaign with a 4-0 victory against No. 16-seed Vanderbilt. UCLA earned the shutout by winning the one and three doubles matches followed by the singles sweep in the No. 3, 5 and 6 positions.
UCLA had a solid team effort, which started when the doubles pairs of Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov and Alex Brigham and Clay Thompson won their matches 8-4 and 8-0, respectively. Their run continued into singles, picking up three victories from No. 22 Adrien Puget, No. 119 Thompson and Karue Sell. Sell’s victory at the No. 6 position sealed the win for the Bruins.
Head Coach Billy Martin has now reached the NCAA quarterfinals 19 times in the last 20 years. In addition, UCLA is ranked No. 1 overall for the first time since 1999 and will face either Duke or Kentucky in the quarterfinals on Saturday.