No. 5 USC Men Sweep San Diego State
Feb. 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC men's tennis team captured its 10th win of the year with a sweep through San Diego State on Tuesday afternoon at Mark Stadium. The Trojans rolled through doubles and singles play with relative ease aside from a pair of tight second-set tiebreakers - both of which USC was able to pull out. The string of straight-set victories got the Trojans a 7-0 win over the No. 67 Aztecs, improving USC's record on the year to 10-1 overall.
Serving held strong for the Trojans in doubles play, as USC pulled out the first point of the match. At No. 1 Robert Farah / JT Sundling got one last break to claim an 8-4 win. Jaak Poldma held serve next to clinch his doubles match alongside partner Peter Lucassen, as the #30-ranked Trojan pair pinned up an 8-6 win at the No. 3 slot to make it 1-0 USC. Soon after, Steve Johnson won out from the service line to get a win at No. 2 with teammate Daniel Nguyen, and the Trojans were off to the races for singles action.
While #27 Robert Farah and Achim Ceban got entrenched in a tiebreak battle in the second set at No. 1, USC's #68 Jaak Poldma pulled through with the first singles point of the match and his eighth straight singles victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Andre Feliz at the No. 3 slot. Now up 2-0, the Trojans continued to push for the win with Matt Kecki's strong 6-4, 6-2 win over Giovanni Vagliette at No. 5. At that point, Farah turned the tide in his tiebreak with Ceban. Farah had trailed Ceban 5-1 in the tiebreaker, but the USC senior rallied back and notched the clinching win for the Trojans with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) final to make it 4-0 USC.
#83 Daniel Nguyen got on the board next for USC, continuing the Trojans' shutout push with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Luis Rattenhuber at the No. 4 position. Freshman JT Sundling secured a 6-2, 6-1 win over Schulz van Endert next to round out the fifth singles match and sixth point of the night for the Trojans, leaving Peter Lucassen and Juan Gomez rattling to a tiebreak decision on court 2. Lucassen took a lead in the tiebreaker, but was forced to fight off set point several times before the USC newcomer finished things off on his marathon tiebreak by pulling ahead to take it 14-12 and register the 6-2, 7-6 (12) victory at No. 2.
USC now turns to take a trip north with a 1 p.m. visit to Cal on Friday (Feb. 26) followed by a clash at Stanford at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 27).
#5 USC 7, #67 San Diego State 0
Feb. 23, 2010 - Marks Stadium
(1) Farah/Sundling (USC) def. Gomez/Rattenhuber (SDSU) - 8-4
(2) Johnson/Nguyen (USC) def. Ceban/Vaglietti (SDSU) - 8-5
(3) #30 Lucassen/Poldma (USC) def. van Endert/Feliz (SDSU) - 8-6
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
(1) #27 Robert Farah (USC) def. Achim Ceban (SDSU) - 6-1, 7-6 (5)*
(2) Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Juan Gomez (SDSU) - 6-2, 7-6 (12)
(3) #68 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Andre Feliz (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-4
(4) #83 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Luis Rattenhuber (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-4
(5) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Giovanni Vaglietti (SDSU) - 6-4, 6-2
(6) JT Sundling (USC) def. Schulz van Endert (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1*, 4, 6, 2