No. 1 USC Blanks No. 3 Bruins 4-0 At ITA National Indoors
Feb. 14, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- The No. 1 USC men's tennis team bounced back from taking its first loss of the year yesterday with a powerful effort against No. 3 UCLA today at the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Trojans pulls out of a tight doubles point and streaked to the win with a set of strong singles victories over the Bruins, improving USC's overall record to 8-1 on the year.
At the No. 3 doubles position, USC's Peter Lucassen / Jaak Poldma teamed up for an 8-6 upset win over #36 Brooklyn/Stewart to give USC an early lift. UCLA countered by taking the No. 2 doubles match 8-6 as Farah/McNaughton fell, but the Trojans secured the point on a tense tiebreaker with Daniel Nguyen / JT Sundling winning 9-8 (4) at No. 1 over Abid/Seguso to make it 1-0 USC.
In singles, #14 Robert Farah got a win after going ahead 6-1 against Haythem Abid, who retired from the match before the second set. At No. 3, #116 Jaak Poldma put USC in good position with a smooth 6-0, 6-3 win over #118 Nick Meister for a 3-0 USC advantage. And locking down the win for USC was Peter Lucassen -- playing in his first rivalry match as a Trojan -- who upended Matt Brooklyn 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4. That rounded out the win for the Trojans, who avenged a loss to the last team to beat USC last season before the Trojans went on to win the 2009 NCAA Championships.
ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Charlottesville, Va.)
Feb. 14, 2010
#1 USC 4, #3 UCLA 0
(1) Nguyen/Sundling (USC) def. Abid/Seguso (UCLA) -- 9-8 (4)
(2) Inbar/Meister (UCLA) def. Farah/McNaughton (USC) -- 8-6
(3) Lucassen/Poldma (USC) def. #36 Brooklyn/Stewart (UCLA) -- 8-6
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
(1) #14 Robert Farah (USC) def. Haythem Abid (UCLA) -- 6-1 ret.
(2) #1 Steve Johnson (USC) vs. Holden Seguso (UCLA) -- 6-4, 4-3 susp.
(3)#116 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. #118 Nick Meister (UCLA) -- 6-0, 6-3
(4) Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) -- 6-3, 6-1*
(5) #78 Daniel Nguyen (USC) vs. Amit Ingbar (UCLA) -- 6-3, 4-1 susp.
(6) #47 Matt Kecki (USC) vs. Maxime Ta Ba Truong (UCLA) 5-7, 4-1 susp.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 4
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