Marcos Giron wins in straight sets, becomes UCLA's 11th singles champ
ATHENS, Ga. -- UCLA's Marcos Giron became the 11th NCAA singles champion in school history on Monday, posting a straight-set victory against Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian in the men's final at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Giron, a junior from Thousand Oaks, California, is UCLA's first NCAA singles winner since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006.
|DI MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Singles, doubles finals recap|
|Singles: UCLA's Giron wins singles title|
|All Cal match-up for singles title, doubles final set|
|Singles: FIrst semifinalist for Texas in 21 years|
|Singles: USF's Cid continues run through Day 2|
|Singles: Athens becomes upset city on first day|
|Championship recap Gallery|
|Final: USC wins program's 21st, school's 100th title|
|Semis: Oklahoma extends run to first title match|
|Semis: Southern Cal wins clash with Virginia|
|Quarters: UCLA ousts Ohio St. for third time in four years|
|Quarters: Oklahoma reaches program's first semifinal|
|Quarters: Southern Cal. bounces back to beat Texas|
|Quarters: Virginia advances to semifinals with 4-0 win|
|Round of 16: Ohio St. survives Fla. | UCLA gets by Tenn.|
|Round of 16: Okla. heads to quarters | UNC outlasts UGa.|
|Round of 16: Baylor sweeps Illini | Cavs beat Irish again|
|Round of 16: USC halts Columbia | Texas gets by Cal|
|Brackets: Interactive Printable|
|Individual Draws: Singles | Doubles|
Giron, who lost just one set in six matches during the tournament, broke Sarkissian in the fifth game of the first set to take a 3-2 lead. He then went on to hold serve for the remainder of the set to take it 6-4. Giron continued his hot play to start the second set, breaking Sarkissian twice to eventually take a 4-0 lead. Sarkissian was able to stop the bleeding and hold serve for 4-1, however Giron took the next two games for a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Monday marked the second meeting of the season between Giron and Sarkissian, with Giron also winning in straight sets on Feb. 22 at UCLA.
Only a junior, Giron still has one season of eligibility remaining. He mentioned in his on-court interview following the match that he is keeping his options open.
"I'm going to play a lot this summer and see where I'm at," Giron said. "I'll take the fall season off but after that I might come back to school."
Giron ends the season with a 30-5 overall record, marking this second consecutive 30-win season. His victory against Sarkissian is also his team-leading 18th of the year versus a ranked player.