No. 8 USC Men On Track With 6-1 Win At Cal

March 27, 2009

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 8 USC men's tennis team powered its way past No. 43 host California today in Berkeley, tacking up a 6-1 win over the Bears to go to 14-4 overall and take a 1-0 start in Pac-10 matches for the season. The Trojans swept doubles before piecing together a string of four straight singles wins to take a commanding lead in the match.

Doubles play opened with an 8-3 win at No. 2 from USC's Magdas/Nguyen over Heavey/Katsarov, and the Trojans clinched the point soon after with Kecki/Poldma's 8-4 win at No. 3 over Andrews/Tu. Doing battle at No. 1 was USC's #6 Farah/Johnson and Cal's #9 Chizever/Zerbini. That match went to a tiebreak, and the Trojans claimed victory on an 8-7 (5) final that brought up singles action.

#75 Abdullah Magdas was the first to add to the Trojans' lead with his 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Cal's Nick Andrews. At No. 2, #93 Steve Johnson picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Eoin Heavey to make it 3-0 USC, and Matt Kecki finished off the Bears with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Thai Tu. From his No. 5 slot, Jason McNaughton made it 5-0 USC with his 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-3) victory. Cal would get its lone point of the match at the No. 1 position with a 7-5, 6-2 win by Pedro Zerbini over USC's #101 Jaak Poldma. The Trojans would have the last word on the day, however, as Daniel Nguyen grabbed his fourth straight singles win on a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jonathan Dahan at No. 6.

The Trojans now head into a big match at Stanford tomorrow (March 28), with No. 8 USC going up against the No. 4 Cardinal at 1 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif.

#8 USC 6, #43 California 1
Friday, March 27, 2009 - Berkeley, Calif.
DOUBLES
(1) #6 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. #9 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) - 8-7(5)
(2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Heavey/Katsarov (CAL) - 8-3
(3) Kecki/Poldma (USC) def. N. Andrews/Tu (CAL) - 8-4
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1
SINGLES
(1) Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. #101 Jaak Poldma (USC) - 7-5, 6-2
(2) #93 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) - 6-1, 6-3
(3) #75 Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) - 6-2, 6-1
(4) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Thai Tu (CAL) - 6-3, 6-1*
(5) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) - 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-3)
(6) Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) - 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4*, 5, 1, 6

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