The nationally No. 4-ranked UCLA men's tennis team surged ahead with three quick singles victories to clinch a 5-2 victory over host Stanford on Sunday afternoon in the resumption of Saturday's Pac-12 Conference match that was suspended due to rain.
Stanford (7-7, 0-2 Pac-12) and UCLA (15-2, 2-0 Pac-12) entered Sunday's continuation tied at 1-1. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but was halted because of rain after only the doubles point and No. 5 singles match had been completed. The match was delayed at 5:33 p.m. and then officially suspended at 7 p.m.
Tied at 1-1, the five remaining singles matches were resumed at the point in which they were stopped on Saturday.
In less than five minutes, UCLA collected a win on court two, where Dennis Novikov required only three points to defeat Nolan Paige, 6-4, 6-4. Over at the No. 3 spot, Adrien Puget put the Bruins in front 3-1 following a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Maciek Romanowicz.
The clincher came seconds later on Court 6, where Karue Sell outlasted Cardinal freshman Trey Strobel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Stanford's only singles point of the match came at the top spot of the lineup, where John Morrissey edged Marcos Giron, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8. Morrissey notched his best win of the season over Giron, who entered the match ranked No. 14 in the country.
The Cardinal captured the doubles point on Saturday, getting wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots to take a 1-0 lead.
Stanford returns to action Friday, opening a road swing against Washington before visiting Oregon the following day.
Nationally No. 23 Stanford (13-9) will host rival Cal (16-12) on Monday in nonconference action at Sunken Diamond at 7 p.m.
Stanford won the first meeting between the teams, 5-0, on Feb. 20 in the Cardinal's home opener. It was the first of three shutout wins this season by Stanford.
Stanford holds a 188-100 (.652) advantage in the all-time series against the Golden Bears. The series began in 1959.