Trojans Freeze Fresno State 4-0
Feb. 12, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The No. 1 USC men's tennis team stepped indoors and made quick work of fellow California squad Fresno State in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., today. The top-seeded Trojans cruised to a swift 4-0 win over the No. 16 seeded Bulldogs, earning USC a spot in tomorrow's quarterfinals against No. 8 seed Texas. USC faced Texas last year at the ITA Team Indoors as well, with the Trojans notching a 4-1 upset over the then-No. 2 ranked Longhorns. Today's win improves USC's record to 7-0 overall.
USC jumped ahead early with a couple quick wins in doubles, highlighted by the pairing of Robert Farah / Jason McNaughton who upended Fresno State's #20 ranked duo Leiby/Zapletal in an 8-3 decision to clinch the doubles point for the Trojans. Singles play gave way to a string of straight-set wins by the Trojans led by #47 Matt Kecki's smooth 6-1, 6-1 win over #83 David Ayoun at the No. 5 slot. #14 Robert Farah followed that with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Mirko Zapletal at the top spot, and Peter Lucassen clinched things for USC on a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 3 over Rikus DeVilliers.
Farah and Lucassen both ran their singles win streaks out to six straight with today's victories, while Kecki captured his fourth consecutive singles win.
ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Charlottesville, Va.)
FIRST ROUND - Feb. 12, 2010
#1 USC 4, #26 Fresno State 0
(1) Nyugen/Sundling (USC) vs. #36 Boutillier/DeVilliers (FSU) - 4-7 susp.
(2) Farah/McNaughton (USC) def. #20 Leiby/Zapletal (FSU) - 8-3
(3) Lucassen/Poldma (USC) def. Alapati/Veerepalli (FSU) - 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2
(1) #14 Robert Farah (USC) def. Mirko Zapletal (FSU) - 6-3, 6-3
(2) #116 Jaak Poldma (USC) vs. Tejesvi Veerepalli (FSU) - 6-4, 4-1 susp.
(3) Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Rikus DeVilliers (FSU) - 6-1, 7-5*
(4) #78 Daniel Nguyen (USC) vs. Remi Boutillier (FSU) - 6-3, 1-5 susp.
(5) #47 Matt Kecki (USC) def. #83 David Ayoun (FSU) - 6-1, 6-1
(6) #65 JT Sundling (USC) vs. Siddharth Alapati (FSU) - 6-4, 2-3 susp.
Order of finish: 5, 1, 3