Farah/Van't Hof Reach National Indoors Final
Nov. 3, 2007
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The USC doubles pair of Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof have punched their ticket into a second consecutive tournament title match, winning their eighth straight match to secure a place in Sunday's final at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Farah/Van't Hof topped Texas team Kellen Damico/Luis Diaz Barriga 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday's semifinals.
That victory pits the Trojans against top-seeded Somdev Devvarman/Treay Huey of Virginia in the championship match. Farah/Van't Hof earned their place in the prestigious ITA National Indoors competition thanks to a championship run through the ITA West Regional doubles play. That momentum has helped the Trojans to rack up eight straight doubles wins as they set up for Sunday's clash with the Virginia pair.
Farah also has been busy competing in consolation singles play. Having qualified for the singles main draw as a finalist at the ITA All-American, Farah fell in the first round of the main draw to move into consolation play. There, Farah pinned up a win to move into today's consolation quarterfinals against Jack Baker of South Alabama. Farah kept up his pace in the quarters with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Baker that propelled Farah into the consolation semifinals against Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State also on Saturday. Farah's busy day wrapped up with a tough three-set loss to Koniecko in the consolation semis 7-6(9), 5-7, 6-4, leaving the Trojan with only tomorrow's doubles title match with teammate Van't Hof on his plate for the final day of the ITA National Indoors competition.
ITA NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Round of 16
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. (3) Rojmar/Szumanski (TEX) - 8-6
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Holmstrom/Persson (DEN) - 8-6
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Damico/Barriga (TEX) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. (1) Devvarman/Huey (UVA) - Sunday
Round of 32
Ryan Rowe (ILL) def. Robert Farah (USC) - 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Round of 16
Robert Farah (USC) def. Daescu (OKLA) - 6-4, 6-0
Robert Farah (USC) vs. Jack Baker (SoALA) - 6-3, 7-5
Bryan Konieko (OHST) def Robert Farah (USC) - 7-6(9), 5-7, 6-4