Jason McNaughton Wins Sherwood Consolation Singles Final

Jan. 15, 2007

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The USC men's tennis team closed things down at the Sherwood Cup with three players in finals matches. Junior Dejan Cvetkovic reached the singles championship match on Monday, falling to fifth-seeded Haythem Abid in a three-set battle, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. In the consolation bracket final, two Trojans squared off, with freshman Jason McNaughton topping sophomore teammate Chong Wang 6-2, 6-2.

The USC men - ranked No. 54 in the ITA preseason rankings -- now turn their focus to dual match play, hosting LMU and Cal Poly for a doubleheader on Jan. 20.

It was a solid Sherwood performance by Cvetkovic that propelled the junior to the championship match. He beat his first four opponents in straight sets on his way to the final. The No. 6 seed in the tournament, Cvetkovic forced a long match out of fifth-seeded Abid in the title match. Cvetkovic powered back from a 5-7 loss in the first set to post a decisive 6-2 win in the second set before Abid regained control to claim the championship 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

In the back draw, USC's McNaughton and Wang both recovered from main draw opening losses to tack up three straight wins apiece on the way into the consolation final match. McNaughton topped UCLA's Mike Gurman 6-4, 6-1, then beat Boise State's Blake Boswell 6-3, 6-1, and then downed UCLA's Andrew Eklov 7-6 (2), 6-4 to move in to the final with Wang. Wang, meanwhile, felled Stanford's Kevin Kaiser 7-6 (1), 6-2 to open the back draw, and then beat UCLA's Phillip Grundler with a pro-set victory, 6-1, 2-6, 10-5. Up against UCLA's Mike Look in the semi, Wang beat the Bruin in another tight match, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. After those two long matches, Wang faced McNaughton in the final, and the freshman pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 win over Wang to secure the consolation final victory.

COMPLETE USC RESULTS FROM SHERWOOD CUP

MAIN DRAW SINGLES
Round of 32
Bassam Bedias (PEP) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) -- 6-2, 6-3
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Andrew Elkov (UCLA) -- 6-4, 6-3
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Mike Gurman (UCLA) -- 6-0, 4-6, 6-0
Garrett Snyder (USC) def. Phillip Grundler (UCLA) -- 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Blake Boswell (BSU) -- 6-2, 6-0
James Lemke (PEP) def. Adam Loucks (USC) -- 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4
Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Jeff Zeller (STAN) -- 6-2, 6-4
Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Chong Wang (USC) -- 6-4, 6-0
Richard Johnson (PEP) def. Whit Livingston -- 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Robert Farah (USC) def. Mike Look (UCLA) -- 6-1, 7-5 Round of 16
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Erin McKean (STAN) -- 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Haythem Abid ((UCLA) def. Gary Sacks (USC) -- 6-2, 6-1
Matija Zgaga (Baylor) def. Garrett Snyder (USC) -- 6-3, 6-3
Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Robert Farah (USC) -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) -- 6-3, 6-2

Quarterfinals
James Lemke (PEP) def. Jamil Al-Agba (USC) -- w/o
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Bassam Bedias (PEP) -- 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-1
Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Michal Kotka (BAY) -- 6-4, 6-2

Semifinals
Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Kaes Van't Hof (USC) -- 6-3, 6-1
Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. James Lemke (PEP) -- 6-2, 6-3

Championship
Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) -- 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

DOUBLES
Round of 16
Abid/Look (UCLA) def. McNaughton/Sacks (USC) -- 8-4
Bedias/Lemke (PEP) def. Loucks/Snyder (USC) -- 8-3
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Boswell/Sarapanish (BSU) -- 8-6
McKean/Wire (STAN) def. Livingston/Wang (USC) -- 8-2

Quarterfinals
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Elkov/Gurman (UCLA) -- 9-8 (1)

Semifinals
Grundler/Koehlloefl (UCLA) def. Farah/Van't Hof (USC) -- 8-2

COMPLETE USC CONSOLATION BRACKET SINGLES RESULTS

FIRST ROUND
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Mike Gurman (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-1
Chong Wang (USC) def. Kevin Kaiser (STAN) - 7-6 (1), 6-2
Adam Loucks (USC) def. Paul Morrissey (STAN) - 6-2, 6-2
Whit Livingston (USC) def. Stanley Sarapinich (BSU) - 0-6, 7-6 (8), 10-6

QUARTERFINALS
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Blake Boswell (BSU) - 6-3, 6-1
Chong Wang (USC) def. Phillip Grundler (UCLA) - 6-1, 2-6, 10-5
Andrew Eklov (UCLA) def. Adam Loucks (USC) - 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Mike Look (UCLA) def. Whit Livingston (USC) - 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-5

SEMIFINALS
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Andrew Eklov (UCLA) - 7-6 (2), 6-4
Chong Wang (USC) def. Mike Look (UCLA) - 5-7, 6-4, 10-8

FINAL
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Chong Wang (USC) - 6-2, 6-2

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