No. 6 USC Men Take First Loss To No. 3 Georgia

Feb. 14, 2009

CHICAGO - The No. 6 USC men's tennis team was dealt its first loss of 2009 in a 4-1 decision in favor of No. 3 Georgia during the quarterfinals of the ITA Men's National Indoor Championships in Chicago. The Trojans carried a 7-0 record into the clash with the higher ranked Bulldogs, and 7-1 USC now enters a face-off with No. 2 Texas in a quarterfinal consolation match tomorrow.

USC opened both doubles and singles play with wins, but Georgia responded both times. Trojans Abdullah Magdas/Daniel Nguyen beat Bulldogs Vitulli/Varela at the No. 2 position in doubles play, only to have Georgia get a win over Andrew Kells/Jaak Poldma at No. 3 and then hand a rare loss to #2 Robert Farah/Steve Johnson at No. 1 to take the doubles points.

In singles play, #7 Robert Farah snagged a quick 7-5, 6-2 win over #18 Nate Schnugg at the No. 1 position to level the match 1-1. Georgia answered right back, however, pulling off wins at No. 5 and No. 6 before clinching the match from the No. 3 position.

USC will have the chance at an upset win tomorrow with a 9 a.m. CT match against No. 2 Texas.

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ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - Midtown Tennis Club (Chicago, Ill.)
Quarterfinals
#3 Georgia 4, #6 USC 1
DOUBLES
(1) #40 Schnugg/Hunt (UGA) def. #2 Farah/Johnson (USC) - 8-6
(2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Vitulli/Varela (UGA) - 8-2
(3) Bernstein/Garrapiz (UGA) def. Kells/Poldma (USC) - 8-5
Georgia wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
SINGLES
(1) #7 Robert Farah (USC) def. #18 Nate Schnugg (UGA) - 7-5, 6-2
(2) Jaak Poldma (USC) vs. #35 Jamie Hunt (UGA) - 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 susp.
(3) Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. #58 Steve Johnson (USC) - 6-4, 7-5
(4) #64 Abdullah Magdas (USC) vs. Borja Malo (UGA) - 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 3-2 susp.
(5) Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. #54 Matt Kecki (USC) - 6-4, 7-5
(6) Josh Varela (UGA) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 3

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