Semifinal Slots For Trojans At Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2009

OJAI, CALIF. -- The No. 9 USC men's tennis team is sending a slew of Trojans through to semifinal matches for tomorrow's competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., after a solid day of singles and doubles play. Robert Farah and Steve Johnson both move into singles semifinals with their respective quarterfinal wins today, and although the duo fell in their doubles quarterfinal match, USC will have semifinal representation in the doubles bracket with Abdullah Magdas / Daniel Nguyen, who upset the nation's #35 team to advance to tomorrow's competition. USC also has two singles players and two doubles teams advancing in the Invitational side of Pac-10 action in Ojai.

Pac-10 Championship singles play was delayed by weather, but that did not stop junior Robert Farah and freshman Steve Johnson from grabbing quarterfinal wins on the day. #7 Farah cruised past UCLA's Michael Look 6-4, 6-4 to punch his ticket to a semifinal bout with Stanford's #48 Bradley Klahn at 11 a.m. tomorrow (April 25). It will be Farah's second straight trip to the Pac-10 semis, as he reached the final last year as a sophomore. Meanwhile, #67 Johnson outlasted #63 Pedro Zerbini of Cal with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory that moves the freshman into a semifinal clash with #20 Alex Clayton of Stanford at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In Championship doubles play, #2 Farah/Johnson grabbed an 8-3 opening win over MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo of Oregon to move into the quarters. There, the two Trojans got snagged in a rare loss, falling 8-6 to Stanford's #45 Klahn/Thacher to end the pair's run in the doubles field. USC's senior-freshman combo of Magdas/Nguyen saw better fortune on the day, however. That Trojan pair topped Stanford's Clayton/Kelly 8-3 to start things and then pulled off a nailbiter, upsetting another Stanford pair, #35 Muller/Wire, with a 9-8 (4) win that pushes Magdas/Nguyen into the semis at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow against UCLA's Brazdil/Look.

While Championship play was going down, Invitational action was also underway in Ojai. On the singles side, sophomore Daniel Gliner fell in his Invitational quarterfinal match 6-7, 7-1, 6-0 to Eugen Brazdil of UCLA. Quarterfinal wins from the other two Trojans in the Invitational bracket sealed an all-USC semifinal for tomorrow, as freshmen Andrew Kells and Daniel Nguyen will square off for the rights to move into Sunday's final. Kells beat Cal's Evan Rose 6-4, 7-6 (3) in his quarterfinal match, and Nguyen took down Jeffrey Zeller of Stanford 6-1, 6-4 to make his move into the Invitational semis.

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): def. Michael Look (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-4
Semifinals (April 25): #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 11 a.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): def. #63 Pedro Zerbini - 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
Semifinals (April 25): vs. #20 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 9:30 a.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): lost to Eugen Brazdil (UCLA) - 6-7, 6-1, 6-0

Andrew Kells
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Sho Higuchi (ORE) - 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Evan Rose (CAL) - 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Semifinals (April 25): vs. Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 9:30 a.m.

Daniel Nguyen
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): Mikael Myrhed (ORE) - 6-0, 6-2
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Jeffrey Zeller (STAN) - 6-1, 6-4
Semifinals (April 25): vs. Andrew Kells (USC) - 9:30 a.m.

DOUBLES - Championship Bracket

#2 Farah/Johnson
First Round (April 24): def. MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo (ORE) - 8-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): lost to #45 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) - 8-6

Magdas/Nguyen
First Round (April 24): lost to Andrews/Katsarov (CAL) - 8-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. #35 Muller/Wire (STAN) - 9-8 (4)
Semifinals (April 25): vs. Look/Brazdil (UCLA) - 3:30 p.m.

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket

Kecki/Kells
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Higuchi/Myrhed (ORE) - 8-4
Semifiinals (April 25): Izquierdo/Mortera (ORE) - 2 p.m.

Gliner/McNaughton
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Bator/Stith (WASH) - 8-2
Semifinals (April 25): vs. Hirshman/Zeller (STAN) - 2 p.m.

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