No. 10 Trojans Take 4-3 Loss At Texas A&M

March 19, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -- A marathon match between the No. 10 USC men's tennis team and its host No. 15 Texas A&M wound up in the Aggies' favor when the last three matches of the night all fell as three-set wins by the Aggies. The 4-3 loss puts the Trojans at 12-4 on the season with a match coming up this weekend at No. 7 Baylor.

USC collected the doubles point to open the match with wins from Magdas/Nguyen at No. 2 and Kecki/Poldma at No. 3 to answer Texas A&M's #3-ranked Krajicek/Pollock's win over USC's #6 Farah/Johnson at No. 1. Winning ways continued for USC in singles as Daniel Nguyen topped Colin Hoover 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6, and USC was up 2-0 in the match.

The Aggies closed to 2-1 with Marcus Lunt's 6-4, 6-2 victory over Matt Kecki at No. 4, but USC countered and moved within striking distance up 3-1 on Jason McNaughton's 6-2, 7-6 (1) win at No. 5 over Kayvon Karimi. There would be no more straight-set wins in the match, however, as battles continued at the top three singles slots.

A&M's #53 Austin Krajicek warded off a comeback try by USC's #92 freshman Steve Johnson at No. 2 next with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win that made it 3-2 USC. Next, Aggie Alexey Grigorov fought back to tie the match 3-3 on a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over USC's Abdullah Magdas at No. 3. Playing at No. 1 for the first time this season was #101 Jaak Poldma, who was up against #16 Conor Pollock. Poldma claimed the first set, but Pollock came back and manufactured a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory that captured the dual match win for the Aggies.

USC now goes up against No. 7 Baylor on Saturday (March 21) in Waco, Texas.

#15 Texas A&M 4, #10 USC 3
DOUBLES
(1) #3 Krajicek/Pollock (TAMU) def. #6 Farah/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Grigorov/Hoover (TAMU) - 8-6
(3) Kecki/Poldma (USC) def. Alpar/Lunt (TAMU) - 9-7
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
SINGLES
(1) #16 Conor Pollock (TAMU) def. #101 Jaak Poldma (USC) - 5-7, 6-1, 6-4*
(2) #52 Austin Krajicek (TAMU) def. #92 Steve Johnson (USC) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
(3) Alexey Grigorov (TAMU) def. #75 Abdullah Magdas (USC) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
(4) Marcus Lunt (TAMU) def. Matt Kecki (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
(5) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Kayvon Karimi (TAMU) - 6-2, 7-6 (1)
(6) Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Colin Hoover (TAMU) - 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 2, 3, 1*

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