No. 9 USC Men Tack Up 6-1 Win Over Arizona
April 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 9 USC men's tennis team stretched its home winning streak a little further on Friday afternoon, posting a 6-1 win over visiting Arizona. With the Pac-10 victory, the Trojans now boast a 14-0 record within the realm of Marks Stadium this season, holding a 17-1 overall record and a 3-0 Pac-10 mark. Owners of a six-match winning streak, USC now turns to face No. 43 Arizona State in the Trojans final home regular-season dual match for a shot at keeping its undefeated 2007 home record intact. That match is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 7).
On Friday, USC did not relinquish a singles doubles game to the Wildcats until Christen/Labrosse pulled two games away from USC's Robert Farah/ Kaes Van't Hof, who were leading 7-0. After dropping that second game, however, Farah/Van't Hof swept the final game to claim the 8-2 victory at the No. 1 position. Meanwhile, USC had made a clean sweep of doubles play at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Dejan Cvetkovic / Gary Sacks dealt out a swift 8-0 win over Alcala/Hezi to start, and Jamil Al-Agba / Garrett Snyder matched that effort to clinch the doubles point with their with at No. 3.
In singles, a string of straight-set victories put the Trojans solidly in control of the match. Freshman Gary Sacks opened things up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Arizona's Alex Labrosse at the No. 5 position. Two Trojan wins finished within moments of each other next, as #44 Dejan Cvetkovic topped Bruno Alcala 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2, and Jason McNaughton downed Milos Romic 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 to clinch the win for the Trojans. With the match thus decided, Robert Farah's match went to a third set 10-point tiebreaker at No. 4, while #45 Jamil Al-Agba and #101 Kaes Van't Hof worked to try to tack up two-set wins. Farah and his opponent, Peter Zimmer, traded points in the tiebreaker. Farah went ahead 7-5 as Al-Agba was pulling off a 6-4, 6-4 decision over #83 Claudio Christen at the No. 1 spot. Farah continued to battle with Zimmer, who managed to pull ahead of Farah, up 9-7. Farah locked it back up 9-9, but Zimmer worked ahead for the win in a 2-6, 6-3, (11-9) decision to tally the first point for Arizona. Soon after, Van't Hof's No. 3 match also was pushed into a third set after Arizona's Jason Labrosse grabbed the second set away in a tiebreaker. In the final stretch, Van't Hof was in total control, streaking to a 10-0 decision to round out the match with his 6-4, 6-7 (4), (10-0) victory.
USC next faces No. 43 Arizona State at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 7) at Marks Stadium.
#9 USC 6, Arizona 1
April 6, 2007 - Marks Stadium
(1) #38 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Christen/J. Labrosse (ARIZ) - 8-2
(2) #58 Cvetkovic/Sacks (USC) def. Alcala/Hezi (ARIZ) - 8-0
(3) Al-Agba/Snyder (USC) def. VanderMerwe/Zimmer (ARIZ) - 8-0
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
(1) #45 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. #83 Claudio Christen (ARIZ) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #44 Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Bruno Alcala (ARIZ) - 6-3, 7-5
(3) #101 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Jason Labrosse (ARIZ) - 6-4, 6-7 (4), (10-0)
(4) Peter Zimmer (ARIZ) def. Robert Farah (USC) - 2-6, 6-3, (11-9)
(5) Gary Sacks (USC) def. Alex Labrosse (ARIZ) - 6-3, 6-4
(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Milos Romic (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-4*
Order of finish: 5, 2, 6*, 1, 4, 3
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