Full Day Of Title Matches For USC Freshmen In Ojai

April 26, 2009

OJAI, CALIF. - USC freshman Steve Johnson had made an impressive run to the Pac-10 Singles Championship game in his first year as a Trojan. To get to today's title match, Johnson served up a pair of upsets, including a semifinal win over the nation's #20 player. Up against another Stanford opponent in the singles final, Johnson came up short of the conference crown, however, falling 7-6 (4), 6-4 to #48 Bradley Klahn this morning in Ojai, Calif.

Johnson was far from the only USC freshman in the spotlight on the Pac-10 Championships' final day of play. While #67 Johnson was battling it out for the Pac-10 Singles Championship against Stanford's Klahn, three other freshman Trojans were in title matches in the Invitational brackets in Ojai.

On the Invitational side of the Pac-10 action, however, Johnson's fellow freshman Daniel Nguyen motored his way to the Pac-10 Invitational Singles title with a smooth 6-3, 6-1 win over UCLA's Eugen Brazdil in his championship match. Nguyen had had to pass up his own teammate the previous day in the semifinals against another Trojan freshman Andrew Kells. Kells proved to be Nguyen's toughest competition in the tournament, as he served up straight-set wins over all other opponents in his run to the Invitational championship.

Kells was still within reach of an Invitational title of his own, teaming up with fellow freshman Matt Kecki in the Pac-10's Invitational Doubles Championship match. Kecki/Kells faced off against Stanford's Hirshman/Zeller around midday, but fell in a close one 8-6 to round out competition in Ojai for the Trojans.

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): lost to #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-2, 7-5

#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): def. #20 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 6-4, 6-3
Championship (April 26): lost to #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 7-6 (4), 6-4

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): lost to Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

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): def. Andrew Kells (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Championship (April 26): def. Eugen Brazdil (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-1

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): lost to Look/Brazdil (UCLA) - 8-3

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket

Kecki/Kells
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Higuchi/Myrhed (ORE) - 8-4
Semifiinals (April 25): def. Izquierdo/Mortera (ORE) - 8-5
Championship (April 26): lost to Hirshman/Zeller (STAN) - 8-6

Gliner/McNaughton
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Bator/Stith (WASH) - 8-2
Semifinals (April 25): lost to Hirshman/Zeller (STAN) - 8-1

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