USC, UCLA Set Tone at Pac-10 Championship

April 24, 2008

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Ojai, Calif. -- The L.A. schools put on a show in the Men's Singles Tournament, while the top players in the Conference showed their strength on the women's side as the Pac-10 Tennis Championships opened Thursday.

On the men's side both USC and UCLA's individuals continued their strong play which has led them to top-10 rankings as teams. The Trojans advanced four players to the quarterfinals, making up half of the field, the Bruins will send three on and the field is rounded out by Pedro Zerbini from California.

USC's Robert Farah, the No. 1 seed and No. 6 ranked player in the country, cruised through his first two match defeating Arizona's Peter Zimmer (6-3, 6-4), but was tested in the second as he was taken three sets before defeating UCLA's Michael Look (6-4, 3-6, 6-2).

'I had a pretty good day on a great day for tennis here in Ojai.' Farah said. 'My second match was tough and Look played a very good match, but I feel strong and am looking forward to a good match tomorrow.'

Trojan teammates Kaes Van't Hof, Jaak Poldma and Gary Sacks also advanced.Van't Hof, ranked No. 34, was expected to advance this far, but the other two were a bit of a surprise. Poldma upset No. 4 seeded Claudio Christen of Arizona, 6-3, 6-4 while Sacks rolled through Oregon's Francisco Gallardo in the second round 7-6(7), 6-4. Gallardo had earlier upset No. 6 seeded Patrik Fischer of Washington.

'It seems like we've been battling UCLA a lot this year, but any time we get a chance to go against them we savor it.' USC Head Coach Peter Smith said. 'They have a bunch of tough competitors over there and their lower guys have stepped up.'

On the women's side the action went right along the seedings as six of the eight seeded players advanced to the quarterfinals. California's Susie Babos, seeded fifth, was the highest seed to fall in the second round as she went down in three sets to USC's Gabriela Niculescu, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2.

Arizona State's Kelcy McKenna, the No. 6 seed, also fell in her second round match against California's Claire Ilcinkas, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4.

Top-seeded Hilary Barte of Stanford cruised through her first match, defeating Washington State's Alexandra Stefanova 6-2, 6-1 and rolled through California's Bojana Bobusic 6-3, 6-3 on her way to the quarterfinals.

Second seeded Amanda Fink of USC rolled through her matches without dropping a set as she defeated Oregon's Anna Powaska in the first round and Arizona's Danielle Steinberg in the second by identical 6-2, 6-2 scores.

Marina Cossou of Cal, the tournament's third seed, rolled through her first match against Washington's Aleksandra Malovic, 6-2, 6-1, but was taken to three sets by Oregon's Celine Rolly in her second round match before prevailing 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

With neither defending champion returning, the field on both the men's and women's sides appears wide open.

Quarterfinals matches will take place Friday in between the doubles matches which dominate play during the day, beginning at 9 a.m.

Pac-10 Men's Singles Championship - Day OneRound of 16(2) Kaes Van't Hof d. Juan Carlos Rebaza	6-4; 6-3Jeremy Drean d. (7) Kallim Stewart	7-6(5); 6-3Nicolas Meister d. (3) Matt Brooklyn	6-4; 6-3Gary Sacks d. Francisco Gallardo	7-6(7); 6-4(5) Mathieu Dehaine d. Andy Kuharszky	6-2; 3-6; 6-3Jaak Poldma d. (4) Claudio Christen	6-3; 6-4Pedro Zerbini d. Blake Muller	6-4; 7-6(4)(1) Robert Farah d. Michael Look	6-4; 3-6; 6-2

Round of 32(2) Kaes Van't Hof d. Geoff Embry 7-6; 6-4Juan Carlos Rebaza d. Derek Drabble 7-6(6); 6-1(7) Kallim Stewart d. Pat Metham 6-3; 6-2Jeremy Drean d. Richard Wire 5-7; 6-4; 6-2(3) Matt Brooklyn d. Gregory Hirshman 6-4; 6-4Nicolas Meister d. Bruno Alcala 7-6(4); 7-6Francisco Gallardo d. (6) Patrik Fischer 0-6; 6-1; 7-6(8-6)Gary Sacks d. Jonathan Dahan 6-3; 6-3Andy Kuharszky d. Harry Skinner 6-1; 0-6; 6-4(5) Mathieu Dehaine d. Alexander Cornelisen 6-1; 6-3Jaak Poldma d. Pierre Mouillon 6-3; 6-1(4) Claudio Christen d. Philip Kao 7-5; 6-1Blake Muller d. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-2; 7-6(8)Pedro Zerbini d. (8) Andres Arango 6-2; 1-0Ret (inj)Michael Look d. Marcos Verdasco 6-1; 6-4(1) Robert Farah d. Peter Zimmer 6-3; 6-4

Pac-10 Women's Singles ChampionshipsRound of 16:(2) Amanda Fink d. Danielle Steinberg 6-2; 6-2Cristina Visico d. (8) Tracy Lin 3-6; 7-5; 6-1(3) Marina Cossou d. Andrea Remynse 7-5; 6-7(3); 6-4(7) Nadia Abdala d. Kate Kamendova 6-3; 6-1Gabriela Niculescu d. (5) Susie Babos 6-7(5); 6-3; 6-2(4) Riza Zalameda d. Lindsay Burdette 6-1; 6-2Claire Ilcinkas d. (6) Kelcy McKenna 6-7(2); 6-4; 6-4(1) Hilary Jo Barte d. Bojana Bobusic 6-3; 6-4

Round of 32:(2) Amanda Fink d. Anna Powaska 6-2; 6-2Danielle Steinberg d. Tara Simpson 6-3; 6-2(8) Tracy Lin d. Leyla Entekhabi 6-1; 6-4Cristina Visico d. Carolyn McVeigh 6-1; 7-5(3) Marina Cossou d. Aleksandra Malovic 6-2; 6-1Andrea Remynse d. Celine Rolly 5-7; 6-2; 6-1(7) Nadia Abdala d. Maria Sanchez 7-5; 6-3Kate Kamendova d. Stephanie Kusano 6-2; 6-4Gabriela Niculescu d. Aleksandra Cekic 6-0; 6-2(5) Susie Babos d. Ariane Masschelein 6-0; 6-1Lindsay Burdette d. Carmen Seremeta 6-4; 6-0(4) Riza Zalameda d. Laila Abdala 1-6; 7-5; 6-0Claire Ilcinkas d. Venise Chan 6-3; 6-1(6) Kelcy McKenna d. Elizabeth Lumpkin 7-6(5); 6-1Bojana Bobusic d. Sarah Fansler 5-7; 6-3; 6-3(1) Hilary Jo Barte d. Aleksandra Stefanova 6-2; 6-1

Pac-10 Men's Invitational Singles - Day OneRound of 16(2) Bozhidar Katsarov d. Paul Morrissey 6-3; 7-5Andrew Piotrowski d. Ahmed Ismail 4-6; 6-2; 6-2Tobi Obenaus d. Romeo Mortera 6-1; 7-6(6)Josh Miller d. Kevin Kaiser 6-3; 7-6(3)Daniel Gliner d. Jeffrey Zeller 7-5; 6-3(4) Wes Miller d. Geoffrey Chizever 6-4; 6-2David Chu d. Jack Levis 6-4; 6-4(1) Abdullah Magdas d. Mikael Myrhed 6-3; 6-1

Round of 32:(2) Bozhidar Katsarov d. Bradley Bator 6-1; 6-3Paul Morrissey d. Stephen Wiechert 7-5; 6-3Andrew Piotrowski d. John Nanosky 7-6(7-3); 6-2Ahmed Ismail d. Martin Kildahl 6-4; 6-2Tobi Obenaus d. (3) Jason McNaughton 6-2; 7-6(11)Romeo Mortera d. Zach Gilbert 6-3; 7-5Josh Miller d. Jack Marsh 6-2; 6-0Kevin Kaiser d. Nathan Cochrane 6-1; 6-2Daniel Gliner d. Ravid Hazi 6-3; 6-3Jeffrey Zeller d. Patrick Brogan 7-5; 3-6; 7-5Geoffrey Chizever d. Ryo Sekiguchi 7-5; 6-1(4) Wes Miller d. Duncan MacDonald-Korth 7-6; 7-5David Chu d. Murilo Souza 7-6; 5-7; 6-3Jack Levis d. Nicolai Horgen 5-7; 6-2; 6-4Mikael Myrhed d. Ted Kelly 6-3; 6-3(1) Abdullah Magdas d. Doug Mayeda 6-2; 6-1

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Singles(2) Lauren Megale d. Daron Moore 4-6; 7-5; 7-6(3)(6) Cristala Andrews d. Stephanie Wetmore 6-2; 6-1Wendy Pilecka d. Kelsey Anonsen 6-2; 6-1Ashlee Brown d. Anna-Viktoria Lind 6-2; 6-2(7) Bianca Selaru d. Vanja Radunovic 1-6; 6-3; 6-2(3) Micaela Hein d. Rachael Dillon 6-0; 6-2(4) Alex McGoodwin d. Jessica Leitch 6-3; 6-2(1) Jennifer Yen d. Lyndsay Kinstler 6-3; 5-7; 6-3

Round of 32:Daron Moore d. Sarah Yang 6-0; 6-0(6) Cristala Andrews d. Ashley Anderson 6-1; 6-3Stephanie Wetmore d. Jessica Gomez 6-0; 6-2Wendy Pilecka d. Livia Gherman 6-0; 6-1Kelsey Anonsen d. Claudia Hirt 6-2; 6-4Ashlee Brown d. (5) Joyce Ardies 6-2; 0-6; 6-4Anna-Viktoria Lind d. Bobbie Englert 6-1; 6-2Vanja Radunovic d. Isamarie Perez 6-1; 6-3(7) Bianca Selaru d. Becky Duesler 6-1; 6-4Rachael Dillon d. Stephanie MacFarlane 6-4; 6-3(3) Micaela Hein d. Allison Rainey 6-4; 6-1Jessica Leitch d. Mimi Songsermsawas 6-0; 6-2(4) Alex McGoodwin d. Marina Nicolas 6-2; 6-0Lyndsay Kinstler d. Aleksandra Krsljanin 7-5; 7-5

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