Farah Moves On In NCAA Singles And Doubles

May 22, 2008

TULSA, OKLA. - USC sophomore Robert Farah secured a trip to the NCAA Singles Round of 16 with a tough three-set win on Thursday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Farah turned around a tricky situation in the third-set tiebreaker, coming back from a 1-4 deficit to claim the tiebreak 7-5 and win the match 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5) over Illinois' Ryan Rowe. Farah - the No. 6 seed in the tournament - will face 9-16 seed Denes Lukacs of Baylor on Friday (May 23) in the NCAA Singles Round of 16.

While Farah was battling it out with Rowe in their Round of 32 match, USC senior Kaes Van't Hof was up against Tennessee's J.P. Smith. Van't Hof had taken down the tournament's No. 2 seed Greg Oullette the previous day, but was unable to pull off a repeat win in his Round of 32 match. Smith topped Van't Hof 6-3, 6-1 to close out Van't Hof's USC singles career with the senior holding a 32-10 overall singles record on the year and a 104-49 career singles mark.

But Van't Hof is not yet done with his Trojan playing career. The senior teams up with Farah as the tournament's No. 2 seed in NCAA Doubles competition, where the pair carried a 21-match win streak into Thursday's Round of 32 match against Texas' Corrie/Damico. The Trojans were able to catch a break in both sets, taking the first set 6-4 and going up a break 4-3 in the second on the way to an identical score in the second, iced by a final ace from Farah to claim the win 6-4, 6-4. USC now turns to face Boise State's team of Shields/Shields in tomorrow's doubles Round of 16.

Live updates and video of the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Tulsa are available online. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SCORING

NCAA MEN'S SINGLES
Michael D. Case Tennis Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Round of 64 (Wed., May 21)
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. (2) Greg Oullette (Florida) - 6-4, 6-2
(6) Robert Farah (USC) def. David Goulet (Duke) - 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Round of 32 (Thurs., May 22)
J.P. Smith (Tennessee) def. Kaes Van't Hof (USC) - 6-3, 6-1
(6) Robert Farah (USC) def. Ryan Rowe (Illinois) - 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)

Round of 16 (Fri. May 23)
(6) Robert Farah (USC) vs. (9-16) Denes Lukacs (Baylor)

NCAA MEN'S DOUBLES
Michael D. Case Tennis Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Round of 32 (Thurs., May 22)
(2) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. Corrie/Damico (Texas) -- 6:30 p.m. CT

Round of 16 (Fri., May 23)
(2) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. Shields/Shields (Boise State)

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