Day One at the Pac-10 Tennis Championships in Ojai

April 22, 2010

Ojai, Calif. -- At the first day at the Pac-10 Tennis Championships, rain was factor as it caused two rain delays that totaled 30 minutes. With grey skies over head for most of the day, USC’s Robert Farah and Stanford’s Hilary Barte, the highest-ranked men’s and women’s singles players at this year’s championships, won both of their singles matches in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the individual championships, taking place Friday morning.

On the men’s side, USC, the 2010 Pac-10 Champions, leads the way with three players advancing to the third round of the tournament. Sophomore Daniel Nguyen defeated California’s Bozhidar Katsarvo in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. In the second round, the Oxnard, Calif., native had a hard fought match with Washignton’s Kyle McMorrow, but prevailed with a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Farah breezed into the quarterfinals with a first round sweep over Arizona’s Pat Metham (6-2, 6-1). Next up for the Cali, Colombia native was Washington’s Tobi Obenaus. Farah won 6-3, 6-0. Farah will face Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen tomorrow afternoon. Cornelissen earned the right to face the top-seed after beating Amit Inbar in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

Peter Lucassen beat Bijan Hejazi of California 6-0, 6-1, then defeated Washington’s Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-1, 6-1.

Last year’s Pac-10 singles champion, Stanford’s Bradley Klahn also advanced to the quarterfinals. Klahn opened with Oregon’s Nico Bjerke and defeated him 6-2, 6-1. In the second round, the reigning ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year came back and beat UCLA’s Ta Ba Troung in three sets, 4-6, 7-6(10), 6-2

Friday’s singles match-ups include Farah (USC) versus Cornelissen, Meister (UCLA) taking on Thacher (STAN), Nguyen (USC) against Brooklyn (UCLA) and Peter Lucassen  (USC) taking on the Bradley Klahn (STAN). 

On the women’s side, top seed Barte drew Washington’s Lina Xu and defeated her 6-1, 6-2. Next in the second round, Barte played Luda Vasilieva of Washington State and won easily in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. 

Stanford, California and Arizona State all have two players in the quarterfinals. UCLA’s Yasmin Schnack, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, is the only Bruin to advance to the third round. Schnack beat Ksenia Googe of Washington State in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, then defeated Arizona sophomore Natasha Marks, last season’s Pac-10 singles runner-up, 6-4,6-4.

Friday’s singles match-ups include Schnack (UCLA) versus Hein (ASU), James (ASU) taking on Andersson (CAL), Fournier (WSU) against Cossou (CAL) and Stacey Tan (STAN) taking on temmate Hilary Barte.

Friday also marks the beginning of the doubles championships, as 16 men’s and women’s teams battle for the right to play for the Pac-10 title. Both the singles and doubles championships will be crowned on Sunday, April 25.

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