Stanford Drops 5-2 Decision at USC

Feb. 2, 2007

Matt Bruch and Eric McKean recorded wins for the Cardinal in singles play, but it wasn't enough as No. 19 Stanford fell 5-2 to USC in Los Angeles. The Trojans, ranked No. 43 in the country, improved their record to 4-0 while the Cardinal fell to 0-2. Stanford will play at No. 4 UCLA tomorrow in a 1:00 pm match against the Bruins.

The Trojans won the doubles point and four of six matches in singles to record the win. Bruch won his first match of the year after losing his season opening match to Luke Shields of Boise State last week. Bruch beat USC's Jamil Al-Agba today 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

Stanford recorded its other win at No. 4 singles when senior Eric McKean won a straight set match of the Trojan's Robert Farah, 6-4, 6-1. McKean is now 2-0 in dual match play. He registered Stanford's only win in singles in the Cardinal's season-opening 5-1 loss to Boise State on Jan. 27.

Freshman Richard Wire lost his match at No. 2 singles, a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Deian Cvetkovic. Blake Muller was beaten at No. 3 singles as USC's Kaes Van't Hof recorded a 6-1, 6-3 victory.

At the bottom of the lineup, freshman Kevin Kaiser and sophomore Jeff Zeller both lost in straight sets. Kaiser lost to Robert McNaughton, ranked No. 91 nationally, 6-1, 6-0, while Zeller dropped a 6-3, 6-1 match to Garrett Snyder.

Tomorrow, Stanford travels across town to face the Bruins, undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation. UCLA is led by defending NCAA champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel.

Stanford Men's Tennis Results
February 2, 2007
Marks Tennis Stadium
Los Angeles, CA

Non-Conference
USC 5, Stanford 2

Doubles (USC wins doubles point)
1. Jamil Al-Agba / Deian Cvetkovic (USC) d. Matt Bruch / Richard Wire (S), 8-3
2. Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof (USC) d. Blake Muller / Paul Morrissey (S), 8-1
3. Eric McKean / Jeff Zeller (S) d. Adam Loucks / Garrett Snyder (USC), 6-5

Singles
1. Matt Bruch (S) d. Jamil Al-Agba (USC), 7-5, 6-4
2. Deian Cvetkovic (USC) d. Richard Wire (S), 6-3, 6-4
3. Kaes Van't Hof (USC) d. Blake Muller (S), 6-1, 6-3
4. Eric McKean (S) d. Robert Farah (USC), 6-4, 6-1
5. #91 Robert McNaughton (USC) d. Kevin Kaiser (S), 6-1, 6-0
6. Garrett Snyder (USC) d. Jeff Zeller (S), 6-3, 6-1

Records/Rankings: No. 19 Stanford (0-2), No. 43 USC (4-0)

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