Pac-10 Tennis Championships - Day Three Recap

April 26, 2008

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Ojai, Calif. -- The top men's seeds, Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof, both from USC, advanced to the men's final while on the women's side a traditional rivalry takes center stage as USC's Amanda Fink will face UCLA's Riza Zalameda as the finals of the Ojai Tournament are set after day three.

With the Trojans holding every spot in the men's semifinals, both Van't Hof and Farah were forced to down teammates in the semifinals. While Farah rolled through Jaak Poldma, 6-2, 6-4, Van't Hof was taken to three sets by Gary Sacks, but ultimately picked up the 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(2) victory.

'Kaes and Robert go at each a lot in practice, but they've never faced each other in a match,' USC Head Coach Peter Smith said. 'It should be quite the show for the people that are here because Kaes is a senior with a lot of tradition here [having played in four singles title matches] while Robert is a top player as an underclassman.'

Farah and Van't Hof also advanced to the double final as they defeated California's Geoff Chizevar and Pedro Zerbini, 8-4.

They will face Arizona State's pair of Matt Brooklyn and T.J. Bellama as they bested Arizona's Claudio Christen and Bruno Alcala, 8-3.

On the women's side, Fink bested Arizona State's Nadia Abdala in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 while Zalameda earned her spot in the finals defeating California's Claire Ilcinkas in straight sets as well, 6-4, 7-6(6).

Fink will also appear in the women's doubles championship as she and partner Gabriela Niculescu bested California's Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano, 8-4.

They will face the California pair of Ilcinkas and Marina Cossou who defeated Arizona State's pair of Wendy Pilecka and Jessica Leitch in a very tightly contested and passionate match, 9-8(5).

The women's singles championship will take place tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men's singles final at approximately 11 a.m. The doubles championships will take place afterwards, with the women taking the court at approx. 12:30 p.m. and the men following at 2 p.m.

Pac-10 Men's Championship Singles -- Day Three Semifinals
(1) Robert Farah d. Jaak Poldma 6-2; 6-4
(2) Kaes Van't Hof d. Gary Sacks 4-6; 6-1; 7-6(2)

Pac-10 Men's Championship Doubles -- Day Two Semifinials
(2) Bellama/Brooklyn d. Alcala/Christen 8-3
(1) Farah/Van't Hof d. (4) Chizever/Zerbini 8-4

Pac-10 Women's Championships Singles -- Day Three Semifinals
(2) Amanda Fink d. (7) Nadia Abdala 6-3; 6-2
(4) Riza Zalameda d. Claire Ilcinkas 6-4; 7-6(6)

Pac-10 Women's Championship Doubles -- Day Two Semifinals
(2) Fink/Niculescu d. (4) Babos/Kusano 8-4
Cossou/Ilcinkas d. Leitch/Pilecka 9-8(5)

Pac-10 Men's Invitational Singles -- Day Three Semifinals
(2) Bozhidar Katsarov d. Josh Miller 6-2; Ret (inj)
(4) Wes Miller d. David Chu 6-3; 6-1

Pac-10 Men's Invitational Doubles -- Day Two Semifinals
(3) Dahan/Katsarov d. Gallardo/Wiechert 8-4
Levis/McNaughton d. (4) Kildahl/Obenaus 8-5

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Singles -- Day Three Semifinals
Wendy Pilecka d. (2) Lauren Megale 6-0; 3-6; 6-1
(4) Alex McGoodwin d. (3) Micaela Hein 7-5; 7-5

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Doubles -- Day Two Semifinals
(4) McGoodwin/Remynse d. (1) Andrews/Sanchez 8-3
Dillon/Moore d. Cekic/Stefanova 8-6

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