Singles Sweep For USC Men In Napa
Sept. 8, 2007
Andrew Piotrowski hit his first career USC singles win the previous day, and freshmen Jaak Poldma and Jack Levis followed suit on the second day of action at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic. The pair teamed up in doubles competition as well, grabbing a win there before tacking up a singles victory apiece on the day. All told, all six Trojans grabbed singles wins in their Saturday matches against North Carolina opponents.
USC's #21-ranked doubles duo of Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof eked out a tiebreaker win over UNC's Baker/Gullan with a 9-8 (4) decision for the Trojan pair's second win of the fall season. Meanwhile, the new pair of redshirt freshman Jack Levis and true freshman Jaak Poldma pinned up an identical score with a win over Tar Heels Carlotti/Stone. Gary Sacks and Andrew Piotrowski were tripped up in their doubles match with an 8-4 loss to UNC's Kearney/Donato to round out doubles play.
Poldma endured the longest battle of the day in singles play, bouncing back from a first-set deficit to beat David Stone 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in a gutsy effort for his first career singles win at Troy. Joining him in the first career win column was Levis, who had a relatively easy win over Tristan Heinrich with a 6-4, 6-3 decision. USC's third fresh face in the lineup is Piotrowski, who tallied his second USC singles win with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lenny Gullan. Returning USC stars Kaes Van't Hof and Gary Sacks both pinned up straight-set wins, as Van't Hof dispatched Kyle Baker 6-0, 6-2, and Sacks topped Clay Donato 6-1, 7-6 (7). Sophomore Robert Farah also got a win on the day, outlasting Chris Kearney in a three-setter that Kearney retired from with Farah ahead 6-4, 4-6, 5-2.
USC closes out action in Napa tomorrow with the Trojans face players from fellow Pac-10 power California.
DAY TWO RESULTS
#21 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Baker/Gullan (UNC) -- 9-8 (4)
Kearney/Donato (UNC) def. Sacks/Piotrowski (USC) -- 8-4
Levis/Poldma (USC) def. Carlotti/Stone (UNC) -- 9-8 (4)
#116 Andrew Piotrowski (USC) def. Lenny Gullan (UNC) -- 6-4, 6-3
Jack Levis (USC) def. Tristan Heinrich (UNC) -- 6-4, 6-3
Gary Sacks (USC) def. Clay Donato (UNC) -- 6-1, 7-6 (7)
#125 Robert Farah (USC) def. Chris Kearney (UNC) -- 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 ret.
#112 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. (UNC) David Stone -- 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
#43 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Kyle Baker (UNC) -- 6-0, 6-2