No. 6 USC Men Complete Sweep Of No. 18 USC
April 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. The No. 6 USC men's tennis team plowed through No. 18 Arizona for the Trojans sixth straight win and fifth consecutive Pac-10 victory, helping USC up to an 18-4 overall record and 5-0 mark in Pac-10 matches. Today's 7-0 win over the Wildcats was sparked by a doubles sweep and a string of straight-set singles wins at the bottom of the lineup to key victory for USC. Clinching the match in singles was freshman Daniel Nguyen's 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 5 slot. The win puts USC within reach of the Pac-10 title with one last dual match remaining against crosstown rival UCLA. Undefeated in the Pac-10 standings, the Trojans go up against the Bruins at 1:30 p.m. next Friday (April 17) in Westwood.
USC had Robert Farah back in the lineup after being sidelined by injury, and the junior pushed through two battles at the No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles positions. He and Steve Johnson were reunited as the nation's #4 doubles team, and the pair secured the doubles point for USC with an 8-6 win over Arizona's #80 Metham/VanderMerwe. Matt Kecki / Jaak Poldma had given USC the early edge with their 8-3 win over Goldman/Hazi at the No. 3 doubles position to start the action, and at No. 2 Abdullah Magdas / Daniel Nguyen wrapped things up by taking a 7-4 advantage over Arango/Carrasco to bring up the singles play.
USC's singles push was kicked off by a dominating 6-0, 6-1 quick finish by Matt Kecki at No. 4 over Arizona's Ravid Hazi. Up 2-0 in the match, USC pressed on when Jason McNaughton served up a similarly decisive win with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Ola Bakke at No. 6. At No. 5, Daniel Nguyen wasn't far behind, as the freshman pinned up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Pat Metham to clinch another Pac-10 win for the Trojans.
With the match in hand, the remaining singles matches wound up in 10-point tiebreaks. At the top two singles slots, USC slipped in second-set tiebreakers to go into a third. Meanwhile, at No. 3, #67 Steve Johnson rallied back from dropping the first set to work his way into a deciding third. #3 Robert Farah finished up first from his No. 1 position. After sitting out singles in USC's past six matches, Farah generated a victorious return and pounded out a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-4) win over #68 Jay Goldman to make it a 5-0 USC lead in the match. Johnson finished off his Wildcat opponent next with a 10-6 win in the third set to claim a 5-7, 6-5, 1-0 (10-6) comeback from No. 3. #83 Abdullah Magdas rounded out the sweep for USC, although it did not come easily as he fought off match point in the third set tiebreak and got the 14-12 win to tack up a final 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (14-12) win over Andres Arango at No. 2
#6 USC 7, #18 Arizona 0
April 10, 2009 - Marks Stadium
(1) #4 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. #80 Metham/VanderMerwe (ARIZ) - 8-6
(2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Arango/Carrasco (ARIZ) - 7-4
(3) Kecki/Poldma (USC) def. Goldman/Hazi (ARIZ) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
(1) #3 Robert Farah (USC) def. #68 Jay Goldman (ARIZ) - 6-1, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-4)
(2) #83 Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Andres Arango (ARIZ) - 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (14-12)
(3) #67 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Andres Carrasco (ARIZ) - 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(4) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Ravid Hazi (ARIZ) - 6-0, 6-1
(5) Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Pat Metham (ARIZ) - 6-4, 6-4*
(6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Ola Bakke (ARIZ) - 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 6, 5*, 1, 3, 2
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