UCLA's run in the NCAA men's tennis championships came to an end with a 4-1 loss to top-seeded USC in a rain-interrupted semifinal Monday at the University of Georgia.
USC (32-1) won the doubles point when No. 2 team Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento edged UCLA's Nick Meister and Dennis Novikov, 9-8. The Trojans took a 3-1 lead with a pair of commanding 6-1, 6-1 victories at No.1 and No. 2 singles before thunderstorms forced the remaining matches indoors.
Once inside, UCLA's Marcos Giron kept hopes alive for the No. 4-seeded Bruins by finishing a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Emilio Gomez, but Nguyen squeaked past Novikov, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, to clinch the match and end UCLA's season. USC defeated UCLA (26-4) in three of the four meetings between the teams this season. Complete NCAA tournament results are available here.