Farah and Johnson Advance To ITA Regional Semis

Oct. 17, 2009

MALIBU, CALIF. -- The USC doubles duo of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson are making a push to defend their ITA Regional doubles title after a quarterfinal win today at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif. Farah/Johnson are the top seed in the tournament, and go up against a team from host Pepperdine tomorrow in the semifinals at 10 a.m.

Farah/Johnson took their semifinal step with an 8-6 win over Arizona's Arango/Hazi today in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, fellow Trojans Daniel Nguyen / Jaak Poldma fell in their quarterfinal match with an 8-5 loss to the Pepperdine pair of Clarke/Tearney, whom Farah/Johnson will face tomorrow.

In singles play, Jaak Poldma had a busy day, coupling his doubles duties with a push to the singles ROund of 16. Poldma opened the day with a 6-2, 6-3 Round of 32 win over Eberhard of Hawai'i, but fell in the Round of 16 later in the day to UCLA's Inbar 6-1, 6-2. Fellow Trojans Daniel Gliner and JT Sundling were both dealt losses in the Round of 32. Gliner fought through another three-setter, falling 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 to Hawaii's Lajola, and Sundling was engaged in a three-set match of his own, taking a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 loss to LMU's Lopez.

Wilson/ITA Swouthwest Regionals (Malibu, Calif.)

Quarterfinals - Oct. 17
[1] Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Arango/Hazi (UofA) 8-6
Clarke/Tearney (PEP) def. [4] Nguyen/Poldma (USC) 8-5

Semifinals - Oct. 18
[1] Farah/Johnson (USC) vs. Clarke/Tearney (PEP) - 10 a.m.

Round of 32 - Oct. 17
[5] J. Poldma (USC) def. P. Eberhard (Hawaii) 6-2, 6-3
D. Lajola (Hawaii) def. D. Gliner (USC) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
I. Lopez (LMU) def. JT Sundling (USC) 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

Round of 16 - Oct. 17
[9] A. Inbar (UCLA) def. [5] Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-1, 6-2

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