UCLA Bruins Crowned
2019 Tennis On Campus National Champions
USTA Southern California | April 16, 2019
It was 2011 when the UCLA tennis club was last in the Tennis On Campus National Championship final.
They won it that year over Florida. Since then, the team has struggled to get back to the final. They have found themselves in plenty of semifinal matches and have had plenty of opportunities, but always seemed to fall heartbreakingly short.
This year was different.
The Bruins started strong, taking out Georgia College and Rutgers with relative ease. They faced Michigan in their third and final round of pool play, and the Bruins did not approach the match lightly. The Wolverines had won the championship in 2017, and UCLA knew better than to underestimate them.
The Bruins went to work and earned wins in the men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and men’s singles sets. They were up five games heading into mixed and were able to pull out a 29-23 win, which secured them a spot in the Gold Bracket.
The first round of bracket play was a walk in the park. The Bruins took no prisoners and beat Maryland 30-9. The quarterfinal match, however, did not go so smoothly.