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No. 1 USC Men's Tennis Falls 4-3 To No. 3 TCU

Feb 14, 2021

URBANA, ILL. — The No. 1 USC men's tennis team had another indoor match unravel in Illinois as the Trojans took a 4-3 loss to No. 3 TCU today in their final consolation match at ITA National Team Indoor Championship. USC had gripped a 3-1 lead before the Horned Frogs made their winning move to beat the Trojans. USC goes to 7-3 overall with the loss.

The doubles point would come down to the wire after TCU snagged a win on court three and USC's Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye fired back with a 6-3 victory on court two. With eyes on the top spot, USC's top-ranked Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith caught a late break and held to pocket the point for USC on their 7-5 win.

TCU fired back first in singles. On court four, TCU's Tomas Jirousek dealt out the first loss of the season to freshman Lodewijk Weststrate in a 6-3, 6-3 decision that put a point on the board for the Horned Frogs. On court five, though, USC's Bradley Frye gave USC a boost back ahead with his 6-3, 7-6 (9) win over Tadeas Paroulek. Later, USC's #104 Stefan Dostanic put the Trojans in the driver's seat with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory on court three over TCU's #113 Sanders Jong, making it 3-1 USC.

TCU would tuck back in, though. At the No. 2 spot. #47 Luc Fomba pulled out breakers in both sets to beat #19 Riley Smith 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) and get TCU back in the match at 3-2. Juan Martin on court six leveled the match at 3-3 when he topped USC"s Jake Sands 5-1, 5-7, 6-3, putting the decider on court one. There, USC's #1 Daniel Cukierman was in a third-set battle with TCU's #21 Alastair Gray. Gray would dig in in the third and manage the clincher for the Horned Frogs with his 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5 win over Cukierman to net the 4-3 win for TCU.

ITA NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (Urbana, Ill.)

CONSOLATION MATCH
#3 TCU 4, #1 USC 3
Feb. 14, 2021 | Atkins Tennis Center (Urbana, Ill.)
DOUBLES
(1) #1 Cukierman/R. Smith (USC) def. Gray/Fomba (TCU) - 7-5
(2) Dostanic/Frye (USC) def. Fearnley/Krugere (TCU) - 6-3
(3) Jong/Kurzban (TCU) def. C. Smith/Weststrate (USC) - 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
USC wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #21 Alastair Gray (TCU) def. #1 Daniel Cukierman (USC) - 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5*
(2) #47 Luc Fomba (TCU) def. #19 Riley Smith (USC) - 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6)
(3) #104 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #113 Sander Jong (TCU) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
(4) Tomas Jirousek (TCU) def. Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) - 6-3, 6-3
(5) Bradley Frye (USC) def. Tadeas Paroulek (TCU) - 6-3, 7-6 (9)
(6) Juan Martin (TCU) def. Jake Sands (USC) - 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 2, 6, 1*