- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
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There's plenty of NCAA tournament action for UCLA teams this weekend. Here's a brief breakdown of how they fared on Friday.
Men's Tennis: No. 9-seeded UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals for the 22nd straight year with a 4-2 win over No. 8 Stanford. The Bruins and Cardinal fought off lingering showers in Athens, Ga., but it was UCLA who claimed the integral doubles point following an intense tiebreak win by Holden Seguso and Alex Brigham. UCLA used it to jump out to a 3-1 lead before Stanford's Ryan Thacher defeated Haythem Abid to close the gap. Matt Brooklyn clinched it, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, in the fifth singles match.
"We started out strong and were able to win the doubles point, which I thought was extremely crucial," coach Billy Martin said in a statement released by the school. "Both Holden and Alex really came through for us. I thought we started really well in singles too, but the move indoors kind of hurt us to be quite honest. Thankfully Matt really stepped it up and got a big win over a really good opponent."
UCLA will go for the upset against No. 1 Virginia (38-1) on Sunday.
Softball: UCLA moved on to the winner's bracket in the Los Angeles Regional with an 11-4 stomping of St. Mary's at Easton Stadium. The Bruins -- hosts of the four-team, double-elimination mini tournament -- cranked five home runs, scoring in all but one inning. The Gaels actually trailed just 5-4 in the fifth, but UCLA responded with six unanswered to clinch a date with San Diego State on Saturday. St. Mary's will face Fresno State in a win-or-go-home scenario.
Men's Golf: No. 1-seeded UCLA used Friday's second round at the NCAA East Regional (The Course at Yale in New Haven, CT) to slide into fourth place. The Bruins are eight shots behind the lead to begin Saturday's final round and must be amongst the top five teams at the end of the day in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships in early June.
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