No. 4 USC Men Swing Past Cal 6-1

April 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team posted a 6-1 victory today over visiting No. 17 California at Marks Stadium. After picking up the doubles point, the Trojans went on to win five of the six singles matches, with the clincher coming from freshman JT Sundling. The win improves the Trojans to 18-2 overall and bumps their Pac-10 mark to 4-0 after this week's victorious home stand.

In doubles action, USC's team of Nguyen/Sundling struck first as they defeated McLachlan/Katsarov 8-4 on court two. After going up 3-2, Nguyen/Sundling were able to break their opponents to take the lead 4-2. That momentum carried them through to win the first doubles match. #8 Farah/Johnson finished next to earn themselves an 8-3 victory over Andrews/Konigsfeldt. Farah/Johnson broke Andrews/Konigsfeldt in the sixth game to go up 4-2, which helped the duo to their 8-3 win. With the doubles point decided and in Trojan hands, court three went on to an exciting finish as USC's Lucassen/Poldma fell to Cal's Dahan/Lovill in a tiebreaker in a 7-6 (4) decision. Dahan/Lovill came away with the first break of the match to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Bears, but Lucassen/Poldma jumped right back and broke their opponents the very next game. Both teams held serve the next two games making it 6-6. Ultimately, Dahan/Lovill won the tiebreaker 7-4, earning themselves a 7-6 to close out doubles play.

Singles action began with a win and point earned by top-ranked Steve Johnson as he went on to beat #116 Jonathan Dahan 6-4, 6-1 on court two. Dahan was broken first, giving Johnson a 3-1 lead. He then rallied back to win the next two games making it a 3-3 tie. Both players held serve from there until the last game of the set when Johnson was able to break his opponent, taking the first set 6-4. Johnson then went on to win the second set 6-1.

Court four finished next as #83 Daniel Nguyen defeated Bozhidar Katsarov 6-3, 6-2. Nguyen broke Katsarov to go up 4-1 and did it one more time to close out the first set, earning a 6-3 win. He went up 3-0 early in the second set, which helped carry him to a 6-2 win. From there, #123 freshman JT Sundling clinched the match for the Trojans when he defeated Sky Lovill 6-4, 6-2. The first set went back and forth as both Sundling and Lovill continued to hold serve. It wasn't until late in the set that Sundling was able to break Lovill to go up 6-4 and win the match.

Not long after, court one finished up as #15 Robert Farah defeated #71 Christoffer Konigsfeldt 6-3, 6-4. Farah wrapped up the first set after breaking Konigsfeldt to go up 5-3 and then coming up with a hold to end the set with a 6-3 win. In the second set, after being tied up at 3-3, Farah came away with a huge break. He held for his next serve giving himself a 5-3 lead. Both players held for the next two games and Farah was able to win the second set 6-4.

Cal's only point came from Nick Andrews as he upset #73 Jaak Poldma in a 10-point tiebreak to decide the third set. In the first set, Andrews pulled out the tiebreak to win 7-6 (5), but Poldma rallied back, defeating Andrews 6-2 in the second set. But Andrews, with persistence, was able to defeat Poldma in the third-set's tiebreaker 10-7, earning the Bears a point on the scoreboard.

The Trojans wrapped up the day on court five when Jason McNaughton defeated Riki McLachlan in his own 10-point tiebreak victory, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7). After winning the first set, McNaughton conceded the second set to McLachlan to bring up the third-set tiebreaker. McNaughton went up 4-1 early on, but McLaughlan wouldn't go away easily and eventually tied it at 4-4. Finding himself in a 7-7 tie, McNaughton broke McLachlan to go up 8-7 and then held for the next two serves, resulting in a 10-7 tiebreaking victory.

USC's next competition takes the Trojans on the road for a single-match swing through Arizona. USC will face the Wildcats at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday (April 10) in Tucson, Ariz.

#4 USC 6, #17 California 1
April 3, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) #8 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) - 8-3
(2) Nguyen/Sundling (USC0 def. McLachlan/Katsarov (CAL) - 8-4
(3) Dahan/Lovill (CAL) def. Lucassen/Poldma (USC) - 7-6 (4)
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
SINGLES
(1) #15 Robert Farah (USC) def. #71 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) - 6-3, 6-4
(2) #1 Steve Johnson (USC) def. #116 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) - 6-4, 6-1
(3) Nick Andrews (CAL) def. #73 Jaak Poldma (USC) - 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)
(4) #83 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) - 6-3, 6-2
(5) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Riki McLachlan (CAL) - 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
(6) #123 JT Sundling (USC) def. Sky Lovill (CAL) - 6-4, 6-2*
Order of finish: 2, 4, 6*, 1, 3, 5

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