USC Men Swing To Pac-10 Quarterfinals

April 22, 2010

OJAI, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC men's tennis team pushed three players through to singles quarterfinals with wins in the opening rounds today at the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships in Ojai, Calif. In the main draw of singles action, USC's Robert Farah, Daniel Nguyen and Peter Lucassen each rolled through a pair of straight-set wins to punch tickets to tomorrow's quarterfinal round. On the invitational side, Daniel Gliner and JT Sundling also have quarterfinal appearances set up for the day after Round of 16 wins today. Doubles competition begins tomorrow.

In Pac-10 Singles action, top-seeded Robert Farah plowed through a first-round win over Arizona's Pat Metham, 6-2, 6-1 before taking down Washington's Tobi Obenaus 6-3, 6-0 in the Round of 16. In similarly dominant fashion, sophomore Daniel Nguyen - the No. 8 seed in this year's tourney - pinned up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bozhidar Katsarov 6-3, 6-3 and then snagged a 6-2, 7-5 win over Washington's Kyle McMorrow. In the most decisive winning efforts of the day by a Trojan, Peter Lucassen gave up only three games in two matches. He rolled over Cal's Bijan Hejazi 6-0, 6-1 in the first round before depositing a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 6 seed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of Washington. Also competing in the Pac-10 main draw was sophomore Matt Kecki, who has been sidelined by injury but stepped into singles play today to face Washington's Martin Kildahl in the first round. Kildahl got the win in a tough three-setter, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

In Pac-10 Invitational singles play, Trojans Joel Giger and Ben Lankenau were unable to pick up wins, although their teammates JT Sundling and Daniel Gliner were victorious in their Round of 16 matches. Freshman Sundling pulled out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 win over UCLA's Jeff Gast to move on, while Gliner topped Washington's Matt Stith 6-4, 6-3 for his place in tomorrow's Invitational quarterfinals.

Full USC singles results and doubles schedule are listed below.

2010 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships - Ojai, Calif.

SINGLES - Championship Bracket
[1] Robert Farah
First Round (April 22): def. Pat Metham (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Tobi Obenaus (WASH) - 6-3, 6-0
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Alex Cornelissen (ORE) - 12 p.m.

Matt Kecki
First Round (April 22): lost to Martin Kildahl (WASH) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

[8] Daniel Nguyen
First Round (April 22): def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) - 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Kyle McMorrow (WASH) - 6-2, 7-5
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) - 12 p.m.

Peter Lucassen
First Round (April 22): def. Bijan Hejazi (CAL) - 6-0, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 22): def. [6] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) - 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Max Tabatruong (UCLA OR [2] Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 12 p.m.

SINGLES - Invitational Bracket
JT Sundling
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Jeff Gast (UCLA) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Walker Kehrer (STAN) - 11 a.m.

Joel Giger
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): lost to Aaron Clissold (ORE) - 7-6, 6-4

Daniel Gliner
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Matt Stith (WASH) - 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Alex Brigham (UCLA) - 11 a.m.

Ben Lankenau
First Round (April 22): lost to Sho Higuchi (ORE) - 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4

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DOUBLES - Championship Bracket
[1] Robert Farah / Steve Johnson
First Round (April 23): vs. Kandath/Lin (STAN) - 10 a.m.

Daniel Nguyen / JT Sundling
First Round (April 23): vs. Hazi/Malo (ARIZ) - 9 a.m.

Peter Lucassen / Jaak Poldma
First Round (April 23): vs. [2] Klahn/Thacher (STAN) - 10 a.m.

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket
Joel Giger / Ben Lankenau
First Round: BYE
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Obenaus/Rosinski (WASH) - 4 p.m.

Daniel Gliner / Matt Kecki
First Round: BYE
Quarterfinals (April 23): vs. Clissold/Mayeda (ORE) - 4 p.m.

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