USC Downs San Diego to Win Second Round in ITA Kickoff

Jan. 31, 2009

The USC men's tennis team grabbed their second win of the ITA Kickoff weekend, a 4-0 victory over San Diego on Saturday (Jan. 31) at Marks Stadium. The win puts the #6 Trojans at 4-0 for the season and drops the #53 Toreros to 1-2.

USC put up a quick start, with the #2 pairing of Robert Farah/Steve Johnson posting an 8-4 win over Dean Jackson/Charl Wolmarans out of the No. 1 slot. Finishing next and getting the doubles point for the Trojans were Jaak Poldma/Andrew Kells, who finished off Nicola Bubnic/Nils Shive, 8-3.

In singles the Trojans were led by junior Jason McNaughton out of the No. 6 spot who posted a commanding 6-2, 6-1 win over USD's Nils Schive. Freshman Daniel Nguyen followed suit from the No. 5 spot with a similar 6-2, 6-1 win against Juan Devilliers. Those victories set the stage for Matt Kecki to get the dual match-clenching victory over Nicola Bubnic, 6-3, 6-4 from the No. 4 position.In the second game of the day, Mississippi State beat St. Mary's 4-0, winning the doubles point and three doubles scores.

This victory seals USC's trip to ITA Indoor Championships in Chicago. USC, along with 14 other schools who won both of their matches this weekend will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, hosted by the Univ. of Illinois on Feb. 13-16. But before that the Trojans have a trip down to San Diego to face San Diego State on Friday, Feb. 6 at 12 pm.

USC 4, USD 0


(1) #2 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Jackson/Wolmarans (USD) - 8-4.

(2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) vs. Coetzee/Devilliers (USD) - 7-3 Susp.

(3) Poldma/Kells (USC) def. Bubnic/Schive (USD) - 8-3

USC wins doubles point.

Order: 1, 3


(1) #6 Robert Farah (USC) vs. Dean Jackson (USD) - 6-2, 3-3 Susp.

(2) Jaak Poldma (USC) vs. Charl Wolmarans (USD) - 6-1, 3-1 Susp.

(3) #64 Abdullah Magdas (USC) vs. Chris Coetzee (USD) - 6-3, 1-3 Susp.

(4) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Nicola Bubnic (USD) - 6-3, 6-4

(5) Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Juan Devilliers (USD) - 6-2, 6-1

(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Nils Schive (USD) - 6-2, 6-1

Order: 6, 5, 4

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