Trojans Advance In All-American Men's Qualifying

Oct. 2, 2007

TULSA, OKLA. - Three USC men's tennis players have pushed farther through the action in Tulsa at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American. Freshman Jaak Poldma and sophomore Robert Farah and Gary Sacks all posted second-round wins on Tuesday to move on to the third round on Wednesday in Qualifying tournament play. A win tomorrow would secure the Trojans as qualifiers for the main draw of All-American competition, set to begin Oct. 4.

Today in Tulsa, Gary Sacks topped a familiar foe - Dominic Inglot of Virginia, which the Trojans faced in the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinals last season. Sacks put away the UVA player 7-6 (4), 6-2 to move into tomorrow's third round. Meanwhile, fellow sophomore Robert Farah dispatched Florida's Alex Lacroix in a swift straight-set match, 6-3, 6-4. And freshman Jaak Poldma oustlasted his Drexel opponent Omar Laalej in a three-setter 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Sacks will face Arizona's Claudio Christen on Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the chance to move into the main draw. At 10 a.m., Poldma plays San Diego's Thomas Liversage, and then Farah squares off with UC Santa Barbara's Philip Therp at 11:30 a.m.

In qualifying doubles play, USC came up short of a shot at the main draw. Jack Levis/Gary Sacks won their first-round match, but fell 8-3 to Pacific's Gonzalez/Starke in the second round. Similarly, the Trojan team of Jason McNaughton/Jaak Poldma moved into the second round, but lost 8-3 to Boise State's Shields/Shields duo.

Trojans in the ITA Preseason Rankings:
#43 Kaes Van't Hof
#112 Jaak Poldma
#125 Robert Farah
#125 Jason McNaughton

Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American


SAT., SEPT. 29
First Round
Jack Levis (USC) - bye
Daniel Gliner (USC) - bye

Second Round
Darren Walsh (SMU) def. Jack Levis (USC) - 7-5, 6-4
Daniel Gliner (USC) def. Ike Belk (CLEM) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6)

SUN., SEPT. 30
Third Round
Rob McKenzie (OKLA) def. Gliner (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

MON., OCT. 1
First Round
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Austen Childs (LOU) - 7-5, 7-5
Robert Farah (USC) def. Robin Fahgen (SMU) - 6-1, 6-2
Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Jakub Dybala (MonST) - 6-2, 6-0
Ralph Knupfer (Rice) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-2, 6-3

Second Round
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Dominic Inglot (UVA) - 7-6(4), 6-2
Robert Farah (USC) def. Alex Lacroix (FLA) - 6-3, 6-4
Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Omar Laalej (DREX) - 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

WED., OCT. 3
Third Round
Sacks (USC) vs. Claudio Christen (Arizona) - 9:00 a.m.
Farah (USC) vs. Philip Therp (UCSB) - 11:30 a.m.
Poldma (USC) vs. Thomas Liversage (San Diego) - 10:00 a.m.


First Round
Jack Levis/Gary Sacks (USC) def. Galic/Rux (BAY) - 9-7
Jason McNaughton/Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Lloyd/Salec (Radford) - w/o

Second Round
Gonzales/Starke (Pacific) def. Levis/Sacks - 8-3
Shields/Shields (Boise) def. McNaughton/Poldma (USC) - 8-3

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