Trojans Take Steps Into Pac-10 Quarterfinals

April 23, 2009

OJAI, CALIF. -- The USC men's tennis team had five players in the mix for today's competitive start to the Pac-10 Singles Championships, and emerging victorious on the day with tickets to tomorrow's quarterfinals were junior Robert Farah and freshman Steve Johnson. That duo also is set to pair up for doubles play, which gets going on Friday afternoon in Ojai.

USC's quintet set up for the Pac-10 Singles Championship bracket a bit late due to weather. Junior Jason McNaughton had a tough draw to open thing, going up against #63 Pedro Zerbini of Cal and falling 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Senior #99 Abdullah Magdas tallied an early 6-1, 7-6 win over Oregon's Ayrton Wibowo in his first-round match, but fell in the Round of 16 in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Stanford's #48 Bradley Klahn. Freshman Matt Kecki pulled out a tough three-setter in the first round, taking down Washington's Derek Drabble 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 before coming up against #20 Alex Clayton of Stanford. Kecki fought two tight sets with Clayton, but fell 7-5, 7-5 in that Round of 16 match.

#7 Robert Farah showed his determination toward a repeat trip to the Pac-10 singles title match by tacking up a 7-5, 6-0 win over Washington's Tobi Obenaus in the first round and then serving up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Pat Matham of Arizona to punch his ticket to the quarters. Tomorrow (April 24) at 12 p.m., Farah will face UCLA's Michael Look in the quarterfinals in Ojai.

Joining him in a quarterfinal slot will be freshman #67 Steve Johnson. Johnson claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Washington's Ryo Sekigushi in his opener before posting a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ismail Ahmed of UCLA in the Round of 16. Johnson will go up against #63 Pedro Zerbini of Cal in his noon quarterfinal match tomorrow.

Invitational singles play also kicked off on Thursday, with three Trojans competing. All three had byes in the first round, and all three grabbed Round of 16 wins to take slots in tomorrow's Invitational quarterfinals. Sophomore Daniel Gliner grabbed a 7-5, 6-4 over Cal's Sky Lovill to move into a quarterfinal match against UCLA's Eugen Brazdil. Meanwhile, freshmen Andrew Kells and Daniel Nguyen were making quick work of their Round of 16 opponents. Kells took down Sho Higuchi of Oregon 6-1, 6-4 and will play Cal's Evan Rose tomorrow in the quarters. Nguyen delivered a 6-0, 6-2 win over Oregon's Mikael Myrhed and goes on to face Jeffrey Zeller for a quarterfinal bout.

In addition to quarterfinal singles play, doubles action starts up tomorrow in the Championship and Invitational brackets. Results from today and doubles matchups for tomorrow are below.

2009 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships - Ojai, Calif.

SINGLES - Championship Bracket
#7 Robert Farah
First Round (April 23): def. Tobi Obenaus (WASH) - 7-5, 6-0
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Pat Matham (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): vs. Michael Look (UCLA) -- 12 p.m.

#67 Steve Johnson
First Round (April 23): def. Ryo Sekiguchi (WASH) - 6-2, 6-4
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Ismail Ahmed (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): vs. #63 Pedro Zerbini -- 12 p.m.

Matt Kecki
First Round (April 23): def. Derek Drabble (WASH) - 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to #20 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 7-5, 7-5

#99 Abdullah Magdas
First Round (April 23): def. Ayrton Wibowo (ORE) - 6-1, 7-6
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-4, 6-3

Jason McNaughton
First Round (April 23): lost to #63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) - 6-3, 6-2

SINGLES - Invitational Bracket
Daniel Gliner
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Sky Lovill (CAL) - 7-5, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): vs. Eugen Brazdil (UCLA) - 12 p.m.

Andrew Kells
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Sho Higuchi (ORE) - 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): vs. Evan Rose (CAL) - 12 p.m.

Daniel Nguyen
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): Mikael Myrhed (ORE) - 6-0, 6-2
Quarterfinals (April 24): vs. Jeffrey Zeller (STAN) - 12 p.m.

DOUBLES - Championship Bracket
#2 Farah/Johnson
First Round (April 24): vs. MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo (ORE) - 1030am

Magdas/Nguyen
First Round (April 24): vs. Andrews/Katsarov (CAL) - 9am

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket
Kecki/Kells
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): Higuchi/Myrhed (ORE) - 3pm

Gliner/McNaughton
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): Bator/Stith (WASH) - 3pm

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