No. 9 USC Men's Tennis Stunned By No. 33 Arizona State, 4-3

March 13, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. - The No. 9 USC men's tennis team fell 4-3 to No. 33 on Saturday, March 12, in Tempe, Ariz. USC freshman Adam Loucks won his sixth consecutive singles match over Mike Beatty, 6-4, 7-6, at court No. 5 but it wasn't enough for Troy.

With the loss the Trojans fall to 7-6 while the Sun Devils improve to 6-3 on the season.

The day started off in favor of USC. Troy claimed the doubles point from the first two positions with No. 25 doubles combo of Jamil Al-Agba and Johan Berg taking court one with an 8-3 victory over Beatty and Clinton Letcher. Drew Hoskins and Loucks took the other doubles match for USC with an 8-5 victory at court No. 2.

Singles looked great for USC, winning two of the first three matches. Troy's Kaes Van't Hof defeated Nick Hegarty, 6-1, 6-4 at court No. 4 and Loucks claimed his victory at court No. 5 as things looked to be headed in the right direction for USC leading 3-1, but the Devils battled back with plans of their own.

The Devils fought back with Ryan McBride beating Trojan Jarryd Cooper 6-2, 6-0 to get the Devils started in their winning streak.

Next up, ASU's Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella defeated Drew Hoskins and Johan Berg, both Devils winning in straight sets.

The match decision came down to court one's matchup of ASU's Chris Biro versus USC's 24th-ranked Jamil Al-Agba in the only match of the day in which three sets were played. Biro fell in the first set, but backed by his teammates and fans rallied to take the next two sets from Al-Agba, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

The Trojans next host Texas on Friday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. and Clemson on Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at Mark's Stadium.

#33 ASU 4, #9 USC 3


1.) #25 Al-Agba/Berg (USC) def. Beatty/Letcher (ASU) - 8-3

2.) Hoskins/Loucks (USC) def. Biro/Kinsella (ASU) - 8-5

3.) Hegarty/McBride (ASU) def. Cooper/Van't Hof (USC) - 8-7(7)


1.) Christopher Biro (ASU) def. #24 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) - 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

2.) Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Johan Berg (USC) 6-4, 6-3

3.) Clinton Letcher (ASU) def. #54 Drew Hoskins (USC) - 6-2, 7-5

4.) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4

5.) Adam Loucks (USC) def. Mike Beatty (ASU) - 6-4, 7-6(1)

6.) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Jarryd Cooper (USC) - 6-2, 6-0

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