No. 10 USC Men Fall 5-2 to No. 6 UCLA

March 6, 2008

WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC men's tennis team was unable to pull off an upset of No. 6 UCLA on Thursday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, falling 5-2 to the Bruins to move to 9-3 overall on the year.

The Bruins grabbed the doubles point with wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions, before USC's #3 duo of Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof edged out UCLA's Meister/Srugo 8-7 (5) at the No. 1 slot.

UCLA went ahead 2-0 in the match when #28 Mathieu Dehaine snapped a nine-match win streak held by USC freshman Jaak Poldma, who ranks #90. #11 Robert Farah notched USC's first point of the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over #45 Harel Srugo at the No. 1 singles position, tallying the Trojan sophomore's sixth straight singles win. Next, #58 Kaes Van't Hof pulled things even on a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over #51 Holden Seguso at No. 2, making it 2-2 with three matches remaining.

The Bruins pulled ahead on a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win from Jeremy Drean over USC's #95 Jason McNaughton at No. 5, and then UCLA clinched things on a three-setter at No. 6, where Nick Meister posted a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over USC's Abdullah Magdas. The final match to be completed was a wild three-set battle in which each set went to a tiebreaker. UCLA's Michael Look barely edged USC's #47 Gary Sacks in that match, claiming a 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(5) decision that made it a 5-2 win for the Bruins.

USC returns to action against a nonconference opponent, #11 Baylor, which visits Marks Stadium for a 2 p.m. match on Sunday (March 9).

#6 UCLA 5, #10 USC 2
March 6, 2008 - Los Angeles Tennis Center
DOUBLES
1. (3) Farah/Van’t Hof (USC) def. Meister/Srugo (UCLA) 8-7(5)
2. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. McNaughton/Sacks (USC) 8-6
3. Drean/Look (UCLA) def. Magdas/Poldma (USC) 8-4
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
–Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
SINGLES
1. (11) Robert Farah (USC) def. (45) Harel Srugo (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
2. (58) Kaes Van’t Hof (USC) def. (51) Holden Seguso (UCLA) 7-6(3), 6-3
3. (28) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. (90) Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Michael Look (UCLA) def. (47) Gary Sacks (USC) 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
5. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. (95) Jason McNaughton (USC) 7-6(2), 6-2
6. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Abdullah Magdas (USC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4*
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 5, 6*, 4

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