Trojans Drop USTA/ITA Team Championship Opener

Feb. 20, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Unable to rebound after dropping the doubles point, the 13th-ranked USC men's tennis team fell to No. 6 Florida, 4-0, in the opening round of the 2003 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Louisville, Ky. The Trojans will now face No. 28 Arkansas in a consolation match on Friday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m. EST.

With the loss, USC falls to 6-3 this season, while the Gators improve to 7-1. Florida advances to the tournament quarterfinals and will face California on Friday.

The Trojans allowed Florida to earn the crucial doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. At center court, Prakash Amritraj and Jeff Kazarian fell to Florida's Chris McDonald and Hamid Mirzadeh, 8-3, and Olivier Levant and Eleazar Magallan defeated Johan Berg and Parker Collins, 8-4, at No. 2.

'We have to be more competitive in doubles to beat a team of this caliber,' said USC head coach Peter Smith. 'We got an indoor-court lesson today, but I was proud of the fact that we were very competitive in singles.'

The final score could have been much closer, but three singles matches were suspended once Florida had clinched the victory with its fourth point. The Gators swept at courts two and three to go ahead 3-0, but USC's Kazarian made it more difficult at the No. 6 spot. Kazarian won the first set 6-4, but could not maintain the advantage as Florida's Magallan came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

#6 Florida 4, #13 USC 0

(1) McDonald/Mirzadeh (UF) def. Amritraj/Kazarian (USC) - 8-3
(2) #37 Levant/Magalian (UF) def. Berg/Collins (USC) - 8-4
(3) Langre/Torres (USC) vs. Behrmann/Hahn (UF) - suspendedFlorida wins doubles point.

(1) Prakash Amritraj (USC) vs. Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) - suspended
(2) Janne Holmia (UF) def. #75 Johan Berg (USC) - 6-1, 6-3
(3) Daniel Langre (USC) vs. Troy Hahn (UF) - suspended
(4) Ruben Torres (USC) vs. Olivier Levant (UF) - suspended
(5) Matt Behrmann (UF) def. Parker Collins (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
(6) Eleazar Magallan (UF) def. Jeff Kazarian (USC) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

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