No. 9 USC Men Burn By No. 30 Washington
March 30, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 9 USC men's tennis team cruised to its first Pac-10 win of the year, topping visiting No. 30 Washington 7-0 on Friday afternoon at Marks Stadium. A smooth doubles point gave way to a singles sweep for the Trojans, who snap a three-match losing slump to the Huskies and improve to 15-1 overall and take a 1-0 mark in Pac-10 action with the victory. Washington moves to 12-4, 1-1.
Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof set the tone for the match with a swift 8-3 doubles win at the No. 2 position, marking the Trojan pair's 15th win of the year and 10th at the No. 2 slot. Jamil Al-Agba / Garrett Snyder struck next with a matching score, winning 8-3 at the No. 3 position to secure the doubles point and a 4-0 record for the duo. At No. 1, Dejan Cvetkovic / Gary Sacks also kept their doubles mark together perfect by pulling out the tiebreaker for an 8-7 (2) decision that holds the pair undefeated at 4-0 on the year. Cvetkovic/Sacks upset #31-ranked Chu/Slovic to push USC on into singles play.
With momentum built in doubles, the Trojans powered on. #117 Kaes Van't Hof opened the action with a solid 6-2, 6-4 win over Andy Kuharsky at the No. 3 position, and Gary Sacks upended Derek Drabble 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 next to put USC a point away from clinching the match. Jamil Al-Agba finished off the Huskies' hopes with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Daniel Chu at the No. 2 position, getting USC ahead 4-0 in the match. Jason McNaughton added to the edge with his 6-4, 6-2 defeat of David Chu, leaving two matches raging on.
Dejan Cvetkovic saw his No. 1 singles match get pushed into a third set, and then his 4-0 lead in the third was eclipsed as his Washington opponent Alex Slovic fought back. Cvetkovic regrouped and regained control, however, putting away the match for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 decision just a breath before Robert Farah put the finishing touches on his hard-fought No. 4 match. Farah fought through a tense first-set tiebreaker, battling out a key point that saved the set with him down 5-6. The freshman roared back and won the tiebreaker 8-6, then pieced together some second-set heroics to lock down the win. Down 3-5 in the second set, Farah motored ahead, breaking Patrik Fischer to lead 6-5 before holding serve - dealing out a pair of aces along the way - to close out his match with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory to round out the winning day for the Trojans.
USC continues Pac-10 action tomorrow with a 1 p.m. Saturday match against Oregon at Marks Stadium.
#9 USC 7, #30 Washington 0
March 30, 2007 - Marks Stadium
(1) Cvetkovic/Sacks (USC) def. #31 Chu/Slovic (UW) - 8-7 (2)
(2) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Fischer/Ricks (UW) - 8-3
(3) Al-Agba/Snyder (USC) def. Drabble/Kuharszky (UW) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
(1) #42 Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. Alex Slovic (UW) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
(2) #64 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) def. Daniel Chu (UW) - 6-3, 6-2*
(3) #117 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Andy Kuharsky (UW) - 6-2, 6-4
(4) Robert Farah (USC) def. Patrik Fischer (UW) - 7-6 (6), 7-5
(5) Gary Sacks (USC) def. Derek Drabble (UW) - 6-4, 6-4
(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. David Chu (UW) - 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2*, 6, 1, 4