Monday, September 24

Freshman Keegan Smith clinched the match for the Bruins with an ace on court three. UCLA will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and take on USC. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Men’s tennis achieves smooth Sweet 16 victory against Michigan

A rain delay and venue change didn’t phase the Bruins. No. 2-seeded UCLA men’s tennis (29-2, 8-0 Pac-12) defeated No. 15-seeded Michigan 4-2 (25-9, 8-2 Big Ten) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s indoor facility to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Read more...

Photo: Freshman Keegan Smith clinched the match for the Bruins with an ace on court three. UCLA will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and take on USC. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Freshman Keegan Smith clinched the match for the Bruins with an ace on court three. UCLA will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and take on USC. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Maxime Cressy has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week three times this year and posts an overall 31-6 singles record. The junior will compete in singles and play with freshman Bryce Pereira in doubles as the Bruins take on Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

UCLA men’s tennis prepares for potential indoor match against Michigan

The Bruins may face a familiar challenge in the Sweet 16. Due to rain, No. 2-seeded UCLA men’s tennis (28-2, 8-0 Pac-12) has been preparing on the indoor courts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus for Friday’s matchup against No-15 seeded Michigan (22-5, 8-2 Big Ten). Read more...

Photo: Maxime Cressy has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week three times this year and posts an overall 31-6 singles record. The junior will compete in singles and play with freshman Bryce Pereira in doubles as the Bruins take on Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Maxime Cressy has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week three times this year and posts an overall 31-6 singles record. The junior will compete in singles and play with freshman Bryce Pereira in doubles as the Bruins take on Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

The 2018 season marks coach Billy Martin's 25th as head honcho of UCLA men's tennis, and his 35th season as a member of the Bruins' staff. He's on the road to 600 career wins, and he'll make a stop at this year's NCAA tournament with 574 in his pocket. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Wang’s Word: Men’s tennis success reflective of coach Billy Martin’s smashing career

When you think of sports dynasties, the coach and the team become nearly synonymous. Nick Saban and Alabama football. Mike Krzyzewski and Duke men’s basketball. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Read more...

Photo: The 2018 season marks coach Billy Martin's 25th as head honcho of UCLA men's tennis, and his 35th season as a member of the Bruins' staff. He's on the road to 600 career wins, and he'll make a stop at this year's NCAA tournament with 574 in his pocket. (Daily Bruin file photo)

The 2018 season marks coach Billy Martin's 25th as head honcho of UCLA men's tennis, and his 35th season as a member of the Bruins' staff. He's on the road to 600 career wins, and he'll make a stop at this year's NCAA tournament with 574 in his pocket. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Martin Redlicki has seen the unexpected challenges the NCAA tournament can bring. The senior will lead the Bruins on court one singles and doubles as No. 2-seeded UCLA faces No. 15-seeded Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Men’s tennis to face tough draw in NCAAs, hopes to retain indoor mentality

The toughest stretch of the season awaits the Bruins. No. 2-seeded UCLA men’s tennis (28-2, 8-0 Pac-12) will likely have to defeat four top-15 opponents at the NCAA championship in order to claim its first national title since 2005. Read more...

Photo: Martin Redlicki has seen the unexpected challenges the NCAA tournament can bring. The senior will lead the Bruins on court one singles and doubles as No. 2-seeded UCLA faces No. 15-seeded Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Martin Redlicki has seen the unexpected challenges the NCAA tournament can bring. The senior will lead the Bruins on court one singles and doubles as No. 2-seeded UCLA faces No. 15-seeded Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Despite dropping his doubles match with sophomore Evan Zhu, senior Martin Redlicki won his singles match in straight sets to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Redlicki now posts a 23-5 singles record on the year. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Men’s tennis sweeps San Diego, continues on to Sweet 16 play

The Bruins are Sweet 16 bound. No. 2-seeded UCLA men’s tennis (28-2, 8-0 Pac-12) swept San Diego (17-9, 8-1 West Coast Conference) in the team’s final match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this season. Read more...

Photo: Despite dropping his doubles match with sophomore Evan Zhu, senior Martin Redlicki won his singles match in straight sets to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Redlicki now posts a 23-5 singles record on the year. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Despite dropping his doubles match with sophomore Evan Zhu, senior Martin Redlicki won his singles match in straight sets to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Redlicki now posts a 23-5 singles record on the year. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Junior Maxime Cressy gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead over Idaho with a straight-set singles win. UCLA will advance to face San Diego in the second round of the NCAA regionals. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

UCLA men’s tennis defeats Idaho in first round of NCAA tournament

The match was delayed more than three hours, but the Bruins were off the court in less than two. No. 2-seeded UCLA men’s tennis (27-2, 8-0 Pac-12) defeat Idaho (15-8, 10-1 Big Sky) 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA regionals at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Read more...

Photo: Junior Maxime Cressy gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead over Idaho with a straight-set singles win. UCLA will advance to face San Diego in the second round of the NCAA regionals. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Junior Maxime Cressy gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead over Idaho with a straight-set singles win. UCLA will advance to face San Diego in the second round of the NCAA regionals. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Keegan Smith has won 13 consecutive singles matches and posts a 36-6 overall singles record for the year. The freshman will begin his first NCAA tournament Saturday as the No. 2-seeded Bruins host Idaho. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Men’s tennis to kick off NCAAs with home-court advantage against Idaho

Home-court advantage – something the Bruins have enjoyed all season long. “Every year I dread having to think about going on the road for these two matches,” said coach Billy Martin. Read more...

Photo: Keegan Smith has won 13 consecutive singles matches and posts a 36-6 overall singles record for the year. The freshman will begin his first NCAA tournament Saturday as the No. 2-seeded Bruins host Idaho. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Keegan Smith has won 13 consecutive singles matches and posts a 36-6 overall singles record for the year. The freshman will begin his first NCAA tournament Saturday as the No. 2-seeded Bruins host Idaho. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)


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