No. 9 USC Beats Huskies 7-0 in Pac-10 Opener

March 30, 2007

LOS ANGELES - The 30th-ranked Washington men's tennis team was swept by 9th-ranked USC in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both schools on Friday at Marks Stadium. The win snapped a three-match win streak by the Huskies over the Trojans and dropped their record to 12-4 on the season and 0-1 in Pac-10 action. USC improved to 15-1, 1-0.

USC handled the Huskies in the number two and three doubles spots to clinch the match's first point, before the 31st-ranked pair of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu showed some fight for the Dawgs. The Huskies' winningest doubles players in school history took Dejan Cvetkovic and Gary Sacks to a tie-breaker before falling 7-2.

The Trojans also breezed through the Huskies in singles. Kaes Van't Hof, ranked No. 107th, was the first off the court, beating the UW's Andy Kuharszky 6-2, 6-4. Kuharszky entered the match with a team-best 18-5 record, but was out-gunned in the No. 3 spot.

Derek Drabble was the next to fall, dropping a straight-set decision to Sacks at the No. 5 singles. Drabble was denied his 10th win of the season and fell to 9-8 on the year.

USC clinched the point when Daniel Chu was beat by No. 64 Jamil Al-Agba at the No. 2 singles spot. Chu fell to 10-3 in dual matches, 13-6 overall.

David Chu returned to the Huskies single lineup at No. 6, but was also set down handily by Jason MacNaughton 6-4, 6-2. Chu, the sophomore brother of Daniel, dropped to 14-7 on the season and 7-4 in dual matches.

Alex Slovic and Patrik Fischer put up quite a fight in the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches, but both were denied a point for the Huskies. Slovic had the task of battling No. 42 Dejan Cvetkovic and drove him to a third set, but was ultimately denied the Huskies' first win over a ranked foe in singles this season. Slovic remains stuck at 88 career wins, fifth most in school history, and dropped to 7-7 in dual matches and 12-8 on the season.

Fischer forced a first set tie-breaker against Robert Farah, but lost 8-6. He then fell 7-5 in the second set to close out the Huskies' day. Fischer dropped to 13-7 on the season and lost for just the fourth time in a dual match.

Washington will try to regroup tomorrow at 1 p.m. when they face No. 11 UCLA. Live stats will be available at:

#9 USC 7, #30 Washington 0
March 30, 2007 - Marks Stadium

1. Cvetkovic/Sacks (USC) def. #31 Daniel Chu/Slovic (UW) - 8-7 (2)
2. Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Fischer/Michael Ricks (UW) - 8-3
3. Al-Agba/Snyder (USC) def. Drabble/Kuharszky (UW) - 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. #42 Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Alex Slovic (UW) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
2. #64 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Daniel Chu (UW) - 6-3, 6-2*
3. #107 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Andy Kuharsky (UW) - 6-2, 6-4
4. Robert Farah (USC) def. Patrik Fischer (UW) - 7-6 (6), 7-5
5. Gary Sacks (USC) def. Derek Drabble (UW) - 6-4, 6-4
6. Jason McNaughton (USC) def. David Chu (UW) - 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2*, 6, 1, 4

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