Trojans Fight For 4-3 Victory Over Washington
April 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Once again, the third-ranked USC men's tennis team relied on its depth to get past 18th-ranked Washington, 4-3, in a conference-counting match on Friday afternoon in Seattle. The Trojans dropped the doubles point, but won four singles matches at Nos. 3 though 6 to clinch the victory.
The win keeps USC's unblemished conference record in tact. The Trojans improved to 17-2 overall, 4-0 in the Pac-10 and extended their win streak to nine straight. The Huskies fell to 13-7 overall and 1-4 in conference action.
'This match probably posed our biggest challenge yet this season,' said USC head coach Peter Smith. 'Washington was prepared for this match and thought they had an opportunity, but we have just been so solid at certain positions this season.'
The Huskies began the afternoon by winning two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Washington won easily at No. 2 and USC responded with an 8-3 win at No. 3, leaving the doubles point to be decided on center court. At No. 1, USC's Daniel Langre and Drew Hoskins trailed the Huskies' Alex Vlaski and Daniel Chu 7-4 before battling back by winning three-straight points to force a tiebreaker. Vlaski and Chu eventually took the set 9-8, 7-4 in the breaker.
While the majority of the home crowd was at one end of the courts cheering on the efforts of the top two positions, USC was taking control of the lower four matches at the opposite end. Within a few minutes of each other, the Trojans prevailed at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions to take a 3-1 lead in the match.
Following a Washington win at No. 2 singles, Langre was working on a victory of his own at No. 4 over Christoph Palmanshoffer. Langre took the first set 6-2, but trailed 5-2 in the second before breaking serve and embarking on a five-point run. Langre held Palmanshofer, 6-2, 7-5, to clinch the win for USC.
USC returns to action on Saturday, April 10, when it travels to Eugene to face Oregon at 1 p.m.
#3 USC 4, #18 Washington 3
(1) #43 Chu/Vlaski (UW) def. (12) Hoskins/Langre (USC) - 9-8 (4)
(2) Slovic/Weiss (UW) def. Berg/ Parker Collins (USC) - 8-4
(3) Torres/Biasella (USC) def. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) - 8-3
Washington wins doubles point.
(1) #9 Alex Vlaski (Wash) def. #23 Adriano Biasella (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
(2) #42 Alex Slovic (Wash) def. #73 Johan Berg (USC) - 7-5, 6-2
(3) #83 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Daniel Chu (Wash) - 6-2, 6-1
(4) Daniel Langre (USC) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (Wash) - 6-2, 7-5
(5) #95 Ruben Torres (USC) def. Peter Scharler (Wash) - 6-1, 6-3
(6) #94 Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Chris Floyd (Wash) - 6-3, 6-2
*Match clinching victory.
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 2, 4, 1