No. 34 USC Drop Tight Match To No. 4 Duke, 4-3

March 13, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 34-ranked USC men's tennis team took on its third top-10 team in a row and posted a strong performance, only to fall 4-3 to visiting No. 4 Duke on Monday at Marks Stadium. The Trojans battled to a doubles sweep to start the nonconference dual match and gots singles victories from Jamil Al-Agba and Chong Wang in singles action. The loss drops the Trojans to 6-7 in dual match play this season.

USC's doubles play was the highlight of the match, with both the No. 1 duo of Jamil Al-Agba / Dejan Cvetkovic and the No. 2 tandem of Kaes Van't Hof / Jeff Kazarian digging out of deficits to post 8-6 wins. Van't Hof delivered a scalding ace to put the finishing touches on Duke's No. 2 doubles pair to tack up the 8-6 win. Meanwhile, #60 Adam Loucks / Garrett Snyder warded off comeback attempts by their Duke opponents to win the No. 3 doubles match 9-8 after a 9-7 tiebreaker.

In singles action, Al-Agba tallied his first singles win of the year with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 winning performance over Duke's #28 Jonathan Stokke. Kept out of competition with injuries, Al-Agba had fallen in his first two singles matches for the Trojans this year before posting today's victory at No. 2 singles. USC was unable to post another singles win in the match, however, until Chong Wang took to the court at No. 6. Wang made quick work of Ned Samuelson for a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Dejan Cvetkovic battled fourth-ranked Ludovic Walter into three sets, but was unable to pull out the win, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Van't Hof and Kazarian also faced ranked opponents at the No. 3 and No. 5 singles slots, respectively, but both Trojans lost in two sets.

USC next travels to Illinois to face the Fighting Illini at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 16).

#4 Duke 4, #34 USC 3

DOUBLES(1) Al-Agba/Cvetkovic (USC) def. #22 Atas/Stokke (DU) -- 8-6(2) Van't Hof/Kazarian (USC) def. Armitraj/Rodrigues (DU) -- 8-6(3) #60 Loucks/Snyder (USC) def. Walter/Samuelson (DU) -- 9-8 (9-7) USC wins doubles point.

SINGLES(1) #4 Ludovic Walter (DU) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-2(2) Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. #28 Jonathan Stokke (DU) -- 6-2, 6-7, 6-2(3) #58 Peter Rodrigues (DU) def. Kaes Van't Hof (USC) -- 7-6, 6-2(4) Joey Atas (DU) def. Adam Loucks (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2(5) #98 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. Jeff Kazarian (USC) -- 6-2, 6-1(6) Chong Wang (USC) def. Ned Samuelson (DU) -- 6-1, 6-2

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