So it’ll be USC vs. UCLA once again for the Pac-12 Men’s Championship at The Ojai. The four-time defending national champion Trojans lost the doubles point to Cal, then reeled off four straight wins in singles to clinch the match at Libbey Park in the 113th edition of The Ojai.
UCLA, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, beat Stanford 4-2. The Bruins have won two of three from the Trojans this year and each of the matches have ended by the score of 4-3, so it should be another close one at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
For the Pac-12 men’s draw, click here
Retired ATP player and past Ojai champion Lester Cook upset defending champion and top-seeded Artem Sitak in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Open event at the Ojai Valley Inn and will meet another former Ojai champ and past NCAA singles champion Cecil Mamiit in the semifinals Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Future UCLA Bruin and 18-year-old Mackenzie McDonald upset No. 2 Dennis Lajola to make the semis and will face Travis Rettenmaier at 9:30 a.m.
Top-seeded players in the women’s draw Noelle Hickey and Ashley Harkleroad moved on to Saturday’s semis with solid wins Friday.
Men’s and Women’s Open draws can be found here
Another future Bruin will be in the spotlight on Saturday as Gage Brymer of University High in Irvine will try and become the first player since Bobby Riggs in 1934-36 (Franklin High) to win three straight Ojai Boys’ CIF Invitational singles titles. The first match for Brymer is at 9 a.m. at Lower Libbey with the final set for Upper Libbey at 2 p.m.
Also on Saturday in the Boys’ CIF Doubles, former world No. 1 Tracy Austin’s son Brandon Holt, a freshman at Palos Verdes High, will play in the semifinals at Lower Libbey Park.
For the Boys’ CIF singles and double draw click here