#4 USC Men's Tennis Goes Down to the Wire with #5 Stanford
Feb. 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.- #4 USC men's tennis team went down to the wire with #5 Stanford, taking a loss after the Trojans fought hard to make it back into the match on Friday (Feb. 27) at Marks Stadium. The loss puts USC at 9-2 and Stanford at 9-1. USC lost the doubles point to Stanford and at one point was down 3-1 overall with three singles matches left to be decided. USC fought back into the match with singles wins by #3 Robert Farah and Steve Johnson to set up the match deciding singles matchup of USC's Jaak Poldma and Stanford's Bradley Klahn. The match took to the third set tiebreaker before being decided in favor of Klahn, to give Stanford the victory, 4-3.
In doubles play, #3 Robert Farah/Steven Johnson came out of the No. 1 spot to put the Trojans up 1-0 in doubles play, with a score of 8-4. Out of the No. 3 spot the paring of Matt Kecki/Jaak Poldma started off fast, but Stanford's Bradley Klahn/Ted Kelly would not go down and they came back to secure the win for the Cardinal 8-6. So with the doubles score tied at 1-1 USC looked to Abdullah Magdas/Daniel Nguyen to secure the victory. At one point No. 2 Magdas/Nguyen were down 5-7, but they fought back to tie it up, 8-8. In the tiebreak Stanford got the best of the Trojans, winning 6-4 and giving the Cardinal a 9-8 match win, securing the doubles point 2-1.
In singles play, USC needed to make up for lost ground and No. 6 Jason McNaughton finished off Stanford's Blake Muller 6-3, 6-2 to get a point for the Trojans. The Cardinal would come back with a victory out of the No. 4 spot with Matt Bruch beating USC freshman Matt Kecki 6-3, 6-3. No. 5 Daniel Nguyen would drop the first set to Richard Wine 6-1, but Nguyen would then come back with a 6-3 second set victory. In the third set Wine would get a 6-2 win to give Stanford a 3-1 lead in the match. The Trojans would not go down easily and #3 Robert Farah from the No. 1 spot finished off #13 Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-4 to put the match score at 3-2 Stanford. A close three set match followed out of the No. 3 spot with Steve Johnson and Stanford's Ryan Thatcher. Johnson dropped the first set 6-4, took the second back with a strong 6-3 set win and took the third set down to a tiebreaker, which Johnson won 7-5, giving him a 7-6 third set win and match victory. Tied 3-3, the match came down to No. 2 Jaak Poldma vs. Stanford's #47 Bradley Klahn. Poldma lost the first set 6-3 and won the second 6-2 so the match came down to the last set. Poldma tied it up at 6-6 and took it into a tiebreaker, where he and Klahn went back and forth, with Klahn finally taking the tiebreak 8-6 and the third set 7-6. With that final singles match win Stanford solidified a 4-3 victory.
Next up the Trojans will look to avenge this close loss on Saturday (Feb. 28) at 1 p.m. at Marks Stadium against the #23 California Golden Bears.
USC vs. Stanford
(1) #3 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Brach/Thacher (Stan) - 8-4
(2) #28 Muller/Wire (Stan) def. Magdas/Nguyen (USC) - 9-8(4)
(3) Klahn/Kelly (Stan) def. Kecki/Poldma (USC) - 8-6
Stanford wins doubles point.
(1) #3 Robert Farah (USC) def. #13 Alex Clayton (Stan) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #47 Bradley Klahn (Stan) def. Jaak Poldma (USC) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)
(3) #118 Steven Johnson (USC) def. Ryan Thatcher (Stan) - 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
(4) Matt Bruch (Stan) def. Matt Kecki (USC) - 6-3, 6-3
(5) #117 Richard Wire (Stan) def. Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Blake Muller (Stan) - 6-3, 6-2
Stanford 4, USC 3