No. 7 USC Men Blow By UNLV 6-1
March 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 7 USC men's tennis team grabbed the doubles point and cruised on to victory with a 6-1 decision over visiting UNLV on Friday afternoon at Marks Stadium. Gary Sacks had the match-clinching singles win, topping Jonathan Hooper 7-5, 6-2 to finish off a string of three straight-set singles wins by the Trojans and claim the freshman's sixth straight singles victory. Playing at the No. 1 position for the first time this season, #107 Kaes Van't Hof toppled UNLV's #59 Elliott Wronski in a three-set comeback, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to help push the Trojans on to a 14-1 overall record.
Doubles action went by fairly smoothly for the Trojans, as Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof finished off Burrows/Hooper with a quick 8-0 decision. Dejan Cvetkovic / Gary Sacks allowed just a single game to be taken from them by Hunter/Wronski before claiming an 8-1 win at the No. 1 position. Jamil Al-Agba / Garrett Snyder took a little longer to grab their win, but got it done with an 8-3 victory over Bijelica/Campbell.
The opening sets were tight across the board, except at the No. 2 position, where #64 Jamil Al-Agba delivered a 6-1, 6-1 win over Brett Hunter to lift USC to a 2-0 lead in the match. Robert Farah tacked up the next point for the Trojans, taking down Wesley Burrows 6-4, 6-2 for the freshman's third straight singles win. Playing at the No. 4 slot for the first time ever, freshman Gary Sacks then emerged with his 7-5, 6-2 win over Jonathan Hooper to lock down the match for USC.
With the match thus decided, the No. 6 singles match went to a third-set tiebreaker. Although Garrett Snyder had forced the deciding third set with a strong second-set victory, his UNLV opponent Luca Barlocchi pulled out the final set tiebreaker to claim the Rebels' lone point of the match with a 7-5, 1-6, (10-2) decision. That was all the Rebels would have, however. After falling behind with a first-set loss, USC junior Kaes Van't Hof regrouped and took control of his match at the No. 1 spot. Van't Hof broke #59 Elliott Wronski three times in the third set to pull out a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win and get USC ahead 5-1. Freshman Jason McNaughton would close things down on the afternoon's action with a comeback of his own, pinning up a 3-6, 6-3, 7-7 (2) win at No. 5.
USC returns to action next week with two more home matches, kicking off Pac-10 competition for the season. The Trojans first face Washington at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 30), then host Oregon at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 31).
#7 USC 6, UNLV 1
(1) Cvetkovic/Sacks (USC) vs. Hunter/Wronski (UNLV) - 8-1
(2) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. Burrows/Hooper (UNLV) - 8-0
(3) Al-Agba/Snyder (USC) vs. Bijelica/Campbell (UNLV) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
(1) #107 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #59 Elliott Wronski (UNLV) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
(2) #64 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Brett Hunter (UNLV) - 6-1, 6-1
(3) Robert Farah (USC) def. Wesley Burrows (UNLV) - 6-4, 6-2
(4) Gary Sacks (USC) def. Jonathan Hooper (UNLV) - 7-5, 6-2
(5) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Slavko Bijelica (UNLV) - 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(6) Luca Barlocchi (UNLV) def Garrett Snyder (USC) - 7-5, 1-6, (10-2)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4*, 6, 1, 5