UCLA men’s tennis got some serious doubles practice this weekend in La Jolla, California at the 127th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.
Freshman Maxime Cressy and sophomore Martin Redlicki had standout performances for the Bruins.
The seventh-seeded duo was on a four-win hot streak going into the quarterfinal before Oklahoma State’s first-seeded Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe downed them in three sets. Redlicki and Cressy led Cash and Kadhe 4-3 in the match going into a service break and they had the opportunity to go up 5-3, but couldn’t hold on. They lost 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.
The pair did notch several solid wins throughout the tournament, particularly against California’s Andre Goransson and Billy Griffith in the Round of 16.
“I really felt Martin Redlicki and Maxime Cressy played really very good doubles,” said coach Billy Martin. “It’s a shame they lost their quarterfinal match late (Saturday) afternoon. They played extremely well and had some good wins.”
Sophomore Austin Rapp played for the first time this weekend since spraining his ankle at the ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in February.
“It was really nice to be back on the court. I didn’t have the biggest expectations for the weekend,” Rapp said. “It was more just a tournament to get back into it for me just because I haven’t played a match in a while. I think I’ll be ready for the dual-matches.”
Rapp and partner junior Gage Brymer lost 8-5 in the second round of the tournament to California’s Tyler Browne and JT Nishimura.
The other Bruin teams were knocked out after a few rounds. Senior Karue Sell and junior Joseph Di Giulio fell in the Round of 16 and sophomore Logan Staggs and redshirt senior Ryoto Tachi lost in the Round of 32.
The Bruins will face BYU in Los Angeles Thursday.