Hoskins, Torres And Wright Compete At Bulldog Classic

Oct. 12, 2003

FRESNO, Calif. - USC men's tennis players Drew Hoskins, Ruben Torres and Brian Wright opened their fall season by competing at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic last week, Oct. 10-12. Hoskins, a junior transfer from Texas, led the trio by advancing to the championship match in his first tournament at Troy.

Hoskins and Torres competed in the Flight A singles bracket, while Wright competed in Flight B.

After beating UCSB's Nick Eddelson, 6-2, 6-0, in the opening round, Wright was eliminated in round two by Romain Massaro of UNLV, 6-0, 6-2.

Torres, the only Trojan there with playing experience at USC, got past Lennard Maacki of Pacific, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, Jake Livant of Cal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and UCLA's Krystof Kwinta, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the first three rounds. He was eventually eliminated in the semifinals by eventual-champion Alberto Francis of UCLA, 6-1, 6-2.

Hoskins first took care of Fresno State's No. 1 player Stefan Suta, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, in front of his hometown crowd. In the following rounds he defeated Nick Weiss of Washington, 6-1, 6-1, Arnar Sigurdsson of Pacific, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and Santa Clara's Gurnot Fischer, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the championship match.

Despite his efforts, Hoskins fell to Francis in Sunday's tournament final, 6-4, 6-4.

The Trojans also competed in doubles as Hoskins and Torres paired to defeat Oregon's Aaron Spencer and Sven Swinnen, 8-4, in the first round, then advanced to the semifinals thanks to a second round default. The pair was beat by UCLA's Francis and Kwinta, 8-5, in the semis.

Fresno State Bulldog Classic - Oct. 10-12

FLIGHT A SINGLES

First Round
Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Stefan Suta (FSU) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Ruben Torres (USC) def. Lennard Maackl (UOP) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Second Round
Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Nick Weiss (Wash) - 6-1, 6-1
Ruben Torres (USC) def. Jake Livant (Cal) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Quarterfinals
Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Arnar Sigurdsson (UOP) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Ruben Torres (USC) def. Krzystof Kwinta (UCLA) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Semifinals
Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Gurnot Fischer (Santa Clara) - 6-2, 6-2
Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Ruben Torres (USC) - 6-1, 6-2

Finals
Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Drew Hoskins (USC) - 6-4, 6-4

FLIGHT B SINGLES

First Round
Brian Wright (USC) def. Nick Eddelson (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-0

Second Round
Romain Massaro (UNLV) def. Brian Wright (USC) - 6-0, 6-2

FLIGHT A DOUBLES

First Round
Torres/Hoskins (USC) def. Spencer/Swinon (Oregon) - 8-4

Quarterfinals
Torres/Hoskins (USC) def. Wong/Briaud (Cal) - default

Semifinals
Kwinta/Francis (UCLA) def. Torres/Hoskins (USC) - 8-5

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