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SEATTLE, Wash. –
It was dark and rainy for the first three days of the 2018 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship. On Monday, for the first time all tournament, the clouds lifted and allowed the sun to shine down on Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Washington. It just so happened that No. 1 Wake Forest achieved a first of its own: defeating No. 7 UCLA to take home its first ITA Indoors title in program history.

Wake Forest started doubles with a quick win by Petros Chrysochos and Bar Botzer, but the Bruins duo of Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu quickly eliminated the deficit, defeating Christian Seraphim and Ian Dempster 7-5 on court one. UCLA relied on the collective efforts of Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith to win the doubles point, as they won 7-6 (3) against Borna Gojo and Skander Mansouri.

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It didn’t take long for the Demon Deacons to answer. Julian Zlobinsky cruised through the second set of his match with the Bruins’ Connor Hance, winning 6-3, 6-0 to tie the match at 1-1. UCLA responded to take a 2-1 lead as Maxime Cressy defeated Rrezart Cungu 6-3, 6-2.

The excitement began to quickly build after Petros Chrysochos and Bar Botzer won to give the Demon Deacons two points to bring the match to 3-2.

The crowd turned their attention to Skander Mansouri and Keegan Smith on court three. Mansouri had won the first set 6-4, but was pushed to a tiebreak in the second set by Smith to decide the match. Mansouri jumped to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak, but Smith turned the tide and soon it was 7-7. Mansouri won the two ensuing points to bring the title home for the Demon Deacons.

To view all match results, daily recaps, video highlights and photo galleries, head to the ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship event page.