No. 5 USC Wins Seventh Straight, Tops Stanford 6-1
April 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC men's tennis team took a strong stand against No. 25 Stanford, capturing a 6-1 win over the visiting Cardinal behind a sweep of doubles and five straight singles wins. Jason McNaughton clinched the match with USC's third consecutive straight-set singles win of the day, beating Phil Kao 6-3, 6-1 from the No. 6 position to get the Trojans their seventh straight dual match win. Highlighting the match was #7 Robert Farah's decisive upset of the nation's #2 player Alex Clayton, who saw the Trojan tally a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 1 position. USC improves to 16-3 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play with the dual match victory.
USC trounced the Cardinal in the doubles action, cruising to three wins to fasten down the first point of the match. Abdullah Magdas/Gary Sacks topped Stanford/s Clayton/Morrissey quickly with an 8-2 win at No. 2, and then Andrew Piotrowski/Jaak Poldma secured things from No. 3 with an 8-3 win over HirshmanWire. Closing things down on doubles was #2 Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof with an 8-4 win over Muller/Bruch at the No. 1 spot to bring up singles play.
At No. 3, #87 Jaak Poldma left opponent Blake Muller behind quickly, tallying a fast 6-1, 6-1 win to make it 2-0 USC. The Trojans won the first set across the board in the remaining matches, set off on its path to victory with Poldma's win. Two more straight-set wins followed, as #34 Kaes Van't Hof beat #67 Matt Bruch 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 position and then Jason McNaughton powered past Phil Kao 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 to get USC the clincher up 4-0. After dropping the second set at his No. 5 slot, Abdullah Magdas jumped out to claim the third set tiebreaker decisively, tallying a 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4) win over Greg Hirshman. Robert Farah's upset heroics came next, as the #7 ranked sophomore took down #2 Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-4 after pushing the final game to deuce and then putting the finishing touches with an ace to hold and win. Still battling at the No. 4 position was #53 Gary Sacks and #95 Richard Wire in a match that went to a third set tiebreaker. Wire was able to pull out the win and tally Stanford's lone point of the match with a 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8) decision over Sacks to close out the day's action.
USC's Pac-10 competition continues tomorrow with a 12 p.m. match at Marks Stadium against No. 31 California.
#5 USC 6, #25 Stanford 1
(1) #2 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Muller/Bruch (STAN) - 8-4
(2) Magdas/Sacks (USC) def. Clayton/Morrissey (STAN) - 8-2
(3) Piotrowski/Poldma (USC) def. Hirschman/Wire (STAN) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
(1) #7 Robert Farah (USC) def. #2 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #34 Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #67 Matt Bruch (STAN) - 6-4, 6-1
(3) #87 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Blake Muller (STAN) - 6-1, 6-0
(4) #95 Richard Wire (STAN) def. #53 Gary Sacks (USC) - 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8)
(5) Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Greg Hirshman (STAN) - 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Phil Kao (STAN) - 6-3, 6-1*
Order of finish: 3, 2, 6*, 5, 1, 4