Farah Falls In Sherwood Singles Final

Jan. 21, 2008

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. - Playing in his second singles final of the season, USC sophomore Robert Farah was edged out in the championship match of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup on Monday afternoon. Top-seeded Farah came up against No. 2 seed Lars Poerschke of Baylor in Monday's title match, and Poershke was able to manage a tight win over the Trojan with a 7-5, 7-5 decision.

Ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA national singles rankings, Farah now holds an overall singles record of 14-5. Farah won his first four matches at the Sherwood in straight sets: 6-3, 6-2 over Stanford's Blake Muller; 6-0, 6-2 over Stanford's Gregory Hirschman; 6-3, 6-2 over Pepperdine's Omar Altmann; and a 6-2, 6-2 win over Baylor's Dominik Mueller in Sunday's semifinal.

USC now turns to kick off its dual match season this weekend. The Trojans host a double-header on Saturday (Jan. 26) with matches against Santa Clara at 10 a.m. and San Diego at 2 p.m. at Marks Stadium. The dual-match drive continues early next week, with USC clashing against UC Irvine at 1:30 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 28) and then against San Diego State at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 29) - all at USC's Marks Stadium.

Complete available Sherwood Collegiate results are below:

SHERWOOD COLLEGIATE CUP
SINGLES
Round of 32 - Jan. 18
(1) Robert Farah (USC) - bye
Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Blake Muller (STAN) - 6-3, 6-2
Holden Sequso (UCLA) def. Jack Levis (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Brian Brogan (PEP) - 7-5, 6-4
(7) James Lemke (PEP) def. Daniel Gliner (USC) - 6-1, 6-1
(4) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Nick Meister (UCLA) - 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2
Jordan Rux (BAY) def. Andrew Piotrowski (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Philip Kao (STAN) - 6-2, 6-0

Round of 16 - Jan. 18
(1) Robert Farah (USC) def. Gregory Hirschman (STAN) - 6-0, 6-2
(8) Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Jaak Poldma (USC) - 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Attila Bucko (BAY) - 6-1, 6-3
Dominik Mueller (BAY) def. (4) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) - 6-7 (7), 4-1 ret (inj)
(2) Lars Poerschke (BAY) def. Abdullah Magdas (USC) - 7-5, 6-3

Quarterfinals - Jan. 19
(1) Robert Farah (USC) def. (8) Omar Altmann (PEP) - 6-3, 6-2
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Holden Sequso (UCLA) - 4-6, 2-1 ret (inj)

Semifinals - Jan. 20
(1) Robert Farah (USC) def. Dominik Mueller (BAY) - 6-2, 6-2
(2) Lars Poershke (BAY) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-7, 6-4, 6-4

Final - Jan. 21
(2) Lars Poershke (BAY) def. (1) Robert Farah (USC) - 7-5, 7-5

DOUBLES
Round of 16 - Jan. 19
(1) Farah/Magdas (USC) - bye
Levis/McNaughton (USC) def. Corches/Rux (BAY) - 8-5
Piotrowski/Poldma (USC) def. Ho/Mueller (UCLA/BAY) - 8-2

Quarterfinals - Jan. 20
Meister/Srugo (UCLA) def. (1) Farah/Magdas (USC) - n/a
(3) Kelly/Muller (STAN) def. Levis/McNaughton (USC) - 8-6
(2) Galic/Poerschke (BAY) def. Piotrowski/Poldma (USC) - 8-4

BACKDRAW MATCHES - Jan. 20
Richard Wire (STAN) def. Daniel Gliner (USC) - 6-0, 7-6
Blake Muller (STAN) def. Jack Levis (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
Philip Kao (STAN) def. Andrew Piotrowski (USC) - 6-2, 6-3

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