No. 1 USC Men Snag 4-1 ITA Kick-off Win Over Vanderbilt

Jan. 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The top-ranked USC men's tennis team rolled smoothly past No. 49 Vanderbilt for a 4-1 victory in the Trojans' opening match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend at Marks Stadium. That win puts USC up against Yale tomorrow in the championship match at 1 p.m. Yale passed up Radford late in the match to grab a 4-3 win thanks to comeback efforts from Daniel Hoffman at the No. 5 position. Radford and Vanderbilt will face off at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the consolation match.

The Trojan men made a quick step forward with a pair of doubles wins to move into singles action. Jason McNaughton / Daniel Nguyen tacked up a solid 8-2 win at the No. 2 slot just before #13 Robert Farah / Steve Johnson grabbed an 8-5 win at No. 1 to register USC's first point of the match.

Singles play saw the Trojans jump ahead 3-0 on a 6-3, 6-2 win from #1 Steve Johnson over Vanderbilt's #29 Ryan Lipman at the top spot. #116 Jaak Poldma followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Bryant Salcedo to pad USC's lead. Vanderbilt got its lone point of the match with Alex Zatov's 6-4, 6-2 win over #47 Matt Kecki at No. 6, but USC's #14 Robert Farah came through with the clincher on his 6-3, 6-1 win over #71 Vijay Paul at No. 2 to close things down on a 4-1 win for the Trojans.

USC improves to 3-0 on the year with today's win over Vanderbilt.

ITA Kick-off Weekend
MATCH 1
#73 Yale 4, #70 Radford 3
Jan. 30, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Salec/Watson (Rad) vs. Bluenkranz/Samaha (Yale) - 7-8 susp.
(2) Ogizek/Dehaen (Rad) def. Huang/Powers (Yale) - 8-6
(3) Finkenbrink/Johnson (Rad) def. Bennett/Hoffman (Yale) - 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3
Radford wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) Marc Powers (Yale) def. #66 Ivan Selec (Rad) - 6-2, 7-6
(2) Thomas Dehaen (Rad) def. John Huang (Yale) - 6-4, 6-3
(3) Calvin Bennett (Yale) def. Igor Ogrizek (Rad) - 6-7, 7-5, 6-0
(4) Zack Watson (Rad) def. Joel Samaha (Yale) - 6-1, 6-2
(5) Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Erik Finkenbrink (Rad) - 7-6, 3-6, 6-4*
(6) Erik Blumenkranz (Yale) def. Michael Johnson (Rad) - 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 3, 5*

MATCH 2
>#1 USC 4. #49 Vanderbilt 1
Jan. 30, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) #13 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Baker/Zotov (Van) - 8-5
(2) McNaughton/Nguyen (USC) def. Jones/Lipman (Van) - 8-2
(3) Lucassen/Poldma (USC) vs. #57 Paul/Salcedo (Van) - 6-5 susp.
Order of finish: 2, 1
USC wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #1 Steve Johnson (USC) def. #29 Ryan Lipman (Van) - 6-3, 6-2
(2) #14 Robert Farah (USC) def. #71 Vijay Paul (Van) - 6-3, 6-1
(3) #116 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Bryant Salcedo (Van) - 6-2, 6-3
(4) Peter Lucassen (USC) vs. #53 Charlie Jones (Van) - susp.
(5) #78 Daniel Nguyen (USC) vs. Adam Baker (Van) - susp.
(6) Alex Zatov (Van) def. #47 Matt Kecki (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 6, 2*

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