Farah and Johnson Boast Back-to-Back Doubles Crowns

Oct. 18, 2009

MALIBU, CALIF. - The top-seeded USC doubles team of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson claimed their second ITA regional title with a dominating 8-3 win today in the final of the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif. The Trojans went up against teams from host Pepperdine in both the semifinal and the final today, and pushed ahead of both to tack up wins and take home another crown.

The owners of the 2008 ITA Regional title, senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson made a relatively smooth journey through this year's competition. The Trojan duo held the top seed for the tourney, and faced a pair of Pepperdine opponents in today's final rounds. First, Farah/Johnson pushed past Waves Clarke/Tearney 8-4 to take a step into the title match. There, the Trojans made no mistake about cruising to the crown with an 8-3 win over Fanselow/Moss.

The doubles championship secures a place for Farah and Johnson in the coming ITA National Indoor Championships in doubles action to go along with the singles slots each have already earned through their efforts at the ITA All-American earlier in the month.

2009 Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships (Malibu, Calif.)

DOUBLES
Round of 32 - Oct. 16
[1] Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Eberhard/Kovalyov (Hawaii) - 8-6
[4] Nguyen/Poldma (USC) def. Lopez/Von Der Ahe (LMU) - 8-4
[3] Ceban/Gomez (SDSU) def. McNaughton/ Sundling (USC) - 8-5

Round of 16 - Oct. 16
[1] Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Kazarian/Suzuki (UCI) - 8-4
[4] Nguyen/Poldma (USC) def. Northcott/Vaidyanathan (UCI) - 8-4

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) def. Clarke/Tearney (PEP) - 8-4

Championship - Oct. 18
[1] Farah/ Johnson (USC) def. Fanselow/ Moss (PEP) - 8-3

SINGLES
First Round - Oct. 15
JT Sundling (USC) - bye
Daniel Nguyen (USC) - bye
Jaak Poldma (USC) - bye
Daniel Gliner (USC) def. Devin Nerenberg (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-3
Jon Kazarian (LMU) def. Ben Lankenau (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Rob Foy (CP) - 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

Round of 64 - Oct. 16
[8] A. Arango (UofA) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
Daniel Gliner (USC) def. G. Vagiletti (SDSU) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
JT Sundling (USC) def. C. Powers (USD) - 3-0 ret.
Nikola Bubnic (USD) def. Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
[5] Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Northcott (UCI) - 6-2, 6-3

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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