USC's Farah, UCLA's Schnack Take Home Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Titles
April 25, 2010
OJAI, Calif. -- USC senior Robert Farah and UCLA Yasmin Schnack captured both the 2010 singles and doubles championships in the final day of action in Ojai, Calif.
On the men's side, USC Farah became the fifth Trojan and first since 2008 to win the single's Pac-10 title, joining Kaes Van't Hof (2008), Ryan Moore (2001), Adam Peterson (1996) and Wayne Black (1994). The senior from Cali, Colombia, was dominate in the first set, defeating Stanford's Bradley Klahn, last year's Pac-10 singles champion, 6-2. In the second set, which saw the top two seeded players trading point for point, it was Farah who came out victorious, winning the second set, 7-6(5).
In doubles action, USC's duo of Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson became the seventh pair in Trojans history to win the Pac-10 doubles title. For Farah, it is his second-career doubles championships. He also won in 2008 as a sophomore with teammate Kaes Van't Hof. In the first set, Farah/Johnson UCLA's Amit Inbar and Nick Meister won 6-3. In the second set, the top-seeded Farah/Johnson were able to hold off a rally from the Bruins to win 7-6(4).
Other Trojans who have won the doubles titles in Ojai, Calif., include Parker Collins/Daniel Langre (2003), Brett Hansen/Fernando Samayoa (1995), Wayne Black/Jon Leach (1994) and Scott Melville/Eric Amend (1988).
On the women's side, UCLA's Schnack became the sixth Bruin and first since 2008 to win the single's Pac-10 title, joining Jane Thomas (1987), Keri Phebus (1995), Annica Cooper (1998), Sara Walker (2000) and Riza Zalameda (2008). The senior from Sacramento, Calif., was able to break Stanford's Hilary Barte's to win the first set 6-4. Schnack battled back in the second set after being down 3-1 to win the set 7-5.
In doubles action, UCLA's pair of Schnack and Andrea Remynse became the sixth tandem in Bruins history to win the Pac-10 doubles championship. For Schnack, it marks her second-career doubles championships as she won the title as a freshman with Riza Zalameda in 2007. Schnack/Remynse were flawless in their doubles match against Stanford's Barte/Lindsay Burdette. In a match that lasted a little over 30 minutes, the Bruins won the first set, 6-1, then followed it up with a 6-0 second set.
With the singles and doubles titles, Schnack becomes the first Bruin in UCLA history to sweep the awards in a single season.
Other Bruins who have won the doubles titles in Ojai, Calif., include Mariko Fritz-Krockow/Sara Walker (2001), Keri Phebus/Paige Yaroshuk (1996), Kimberly Po/Stella Sampras and Sampras/Mamie Ceniza (1989).
Up next for Pac-10 teams are the selections for the NCAA Tournament. First and second action will take place at campus sites, while Georgia will host both the men's and women's championships in Athens, Ga., May 20-31.
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