Saturday, February 13, 2016

McDonald lifts UCLA in Men's Team Indoors

Mackenzie McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont in
the San Francisco Bay Area, reached the semifinals of the
Tiburon Challenger and quarterfinals of the Sacramento
Challenger last October. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   Mackenzie McDonald, a junior from Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, won the deciding match as No. 7 seed UCLA edged No. 10 Georgia 4-3 on Friday in the first round of the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va.
   McDonald, ranked only 34th after missing a month with a broken wrist, defeated No. 22 Wayne Montgomery 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 on
Court 1.
   McDonald, a semifinalist in the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger and quarterfinalist in the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger last October, also won at No. 1 doubles with Martin Redlicki.
   Logan Staggs, a sophomore from Tracy, triumphed at No. 5 singles for the ninth-ranked Bruins (6-1).
   Also advancing were No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 4 USC. The top-ranked Cavaliers, playing in their home city, trounced No. 16 San Diego 4-0, and No. 4 USC nipped No. 13 South Florida 4-3.
  Collin Altamirano, a sophomore from Sacramento, won at No. 3 singles and doubles for Virginia (6-0), the reigning national champion.
   Jake DeVine, a freshman from Los Altos Hills in the Bay Area, prevailed at No. 3 singles for the sixth-ranked Trojans (6-0).    
   Virginia will play No. 9 seed Wake Forest today in the quarterfinals. UCLA will take on No. 2 Texas A&M, and USC will meet No. 5 Texas Christian.
   Neither Cal nor Stanford is playing in the 16-team tournament.

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