Trojan Newcomers Win In Napa

Sept. 9, 2007

First-year USC men's tennis players Jack Levis, Andrew Piotrowski and Jaak Poldma all finished off competition at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic with wins on Sunday. Playing in his first season of action for the Trojans, Piotrowski won all three of his singles matches in Napa.

On Sunday, Levis, Piotrowski and Poldma squared off against players from California, while teammates Kaes Van't Hof and Gary Sacks faced ranked players from Georgia. After redshirt freshman Levis won his first set against Cal's Bodizar Katsaro, Levis was edged out in the second-set tiebreaker. The pair went into a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set, and Levis emerged with the win, topping Katsaro 6-4, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (4). Piotrowski and Poldma had smoother paths to their wins. Piotrowski blanked Cal's Ken Nakahara in the second set, winning 6-3, 6-0; and Poldma blew by Cal's Pedro Zerbini 6-2, 6-3.

Meanwhile, #43-ranked USC senior Van't Hof tangled with Georgia's #58 Nate Schnugg, going three sets before falling 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Gary Sacks was up against Georgia's #64 Jamie Hunt, and was beaten 6-4, 7-5.

Full USC results from the Napa Valley Tennis Classic are below:

DAY THREE RESULTS
#58 Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. #43 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
#64 Jamie Hunt (UGA) def. Gary Sacks (USC) - 6-4, 7-5
#112 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) - 6-2, 6-3
#116 Andrew Piotrowski (USC) def. Ken Nakahara (CAL) - 6-3, 6-0
Jack Levis (USC) def. Bozidar Katsaro (CAL) - 6-4, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (4)

DAY TWO RESULTS
DOUBLES
#21 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Baker/Gullan (UNC) -- 9-8 (4)
Kearney/Donato (UNC) def. Sacks/Piotrowski (USC) -- 8-4
Levis/Poldma (USC) def. Carlotti/Stone (UNC) -- 9-8 (4)
SINGLES
#116 Andrew Piotrowski (USC) def. Lenny Gullan (UNC) -- 6-4, 6-3
Jack Levis (USC) def. Tristan Heinrich (UNC) -- 6-4, 6-3
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Clay Donato (UNC) -- 6-1, 7-6 (7)
#125 Robert Farah (USC) def. Chris Kearney (UNC) -- 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 ret.
#112 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. (UNC) David Stone -- 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
#43 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Kyle Baker (UNC) -- 6-0, 6-2

DAY ONE RESULTS
DOUBLES
#21 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Hunt/Schnugg (UGA) - 8-6
Vitulli/Varela (UGA) def. Piotrowski/Sacks (USC) - 9-8 (5)
Levis/Poldma (USC) def. Bernstein/Motes (UGA) - 8-5
SINGLES
#43 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Christian Vitulli (UGA) - 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-3
#116 Andrew Piotrowski (USC) def. Chris Motes (UGA) - 7-5, 6-3
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Josh Varela (UGA) - 6-1, 6-1
#58 Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. #125 Robert Farah (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
#64 Jamie Hunt (UGA) def. #112 Jaak Poldma (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Jack Levis (USC) - 6-4, 7-6 (14-12)

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