No. 53 USC Drop 4-3 Battle To No. 24 California

April 7, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 53-ranked USC men's tennis team cranked out the doubles point against the visiting No. 24 California squad, but slipped in the next four singles matches as the Bears grabbed a 4-3 win at Marks Stadium on Friday afternoon. It is the Trojans' third straight 4-3 loss, moving USC to 7-11 overall and 0-3 in Pac-10 play.

The Trojans flexed its doubles power in the form of three hard-fought wins, beginning with Jeff Kazarian / Kaes Van't Hof posting an 8-6 win at the No. 2 doubles slot. Jamil Al-Agba / Dejan Cvetkovic teamed up to topple #22 Browne/Niland to clinch the doubles point for USC, and then Adam Loucks / Garrett Snyder finished off Pettit/Sebescen to round out a sweep.

The lead was shortlived, however, as California battled back with four straight singles victories sparked by #11 Conor Niland's 6-0, 6-3 win at the No. 1 position over Cvetkovic. Kazarian fell next in another 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 5, followed by Cal wins at No. 2 with #98 Tyler Browne's 6-3, 6-2 win over Al-Agba and Lennart Maack's match-clinching 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Van't Hof -- his first Pac-10 loss. Down 4-1 in the match, the Trojans powered up to claim the final two singles matches with Loucks' 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 4 position and Chong Wang's first Pac-10 victory in a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-4 win at the No. 6 spot.

USC continues its Pac-10 competition on Saturday (April 8) against No. 12 Stanford at 1 p.m. at Marks Stadium.

#24 California 4, #53 USC 3

DOUBLES
(1) Al-Agba/Cvetkovic (USC) def. #22 Browne/Niland (Cal) -- 8-4
(2) Kazarian/Van't Hof (USC) def. Maack/Wallace (Cal) -- 8-6
(3) Loucks/Snyder (USC) def. Pettit/Sebescen (Cal) -- 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
USC wins doubles point.

SINGLES
(1) #11 Conor Niland (Cal) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) -- 6-0, 6-3
(2) #98 Tyler Browne (Cal) def. Jamil Al-Agba (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2
(3) Lennart Maack (Cal) def. Kaes Van't Hof (USC) -- 7-6 (4), 6-2
(4) Adam Loucks (USC) def. Daniel Sebescen (Cal) -- 6-4, 6-3
(5) Jirou Nakajima (Cal) def. Jeff Kazarian (USC) -- 6-0, 6-3
(6) Chong Wang (USC) def. Dean Wallace (Cal) -- 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-4
Order of finish: 1, 5, 2, 3*, 4, 6

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