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No. 12 USC Men’s Tennis Blanks Grand Canyon In NCAA First Round

May 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES — In its 14th consecutive NCAA appearance, the No. 12 USC men's tennis team chalked up another NCAA First Round victory on home turf, scoring a spot in tomorrow's Second Round with the Trojans' 4-0 sweep of Grand Canyon at Marks Stadium. USC collected a swift doubles point before a run of straight-set singles victories to lock in the win and improve to 21-6 overall.

USC drummed up the doubles point with wins on the top courts. Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye teamed up for a  6-3 win on court two to tee up top guns Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith on court one. The  #10 Trojan pair pocketed the first point for USC with a 6-4 win, and USC shifted gears for singles play with a 1-0 advantage on the board.

Bradley Frye got right back down to business in singles, clocking a speedy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jiri Novak on court one to bump USC ahead 2-0. At the top spot, #49 Daniel Cukierman stayed the course and made it a winning day as well in following his doubles win with a singles victory on a 6-1, 6-1 decision over GCU's Valentin Lang. Up 3-0, the Trojans had a trio closing in on potential finishers. At the No. 6 spot, Ryde Jackson hit the finish line first. He'd haul in a 6-3, 6-1 clincher over Loic Van Zeggelaar to plug a 4-0 win on the board for the Trojans. 

USC now heads to the NCAA Second Round tomorrow (May 8) for a 1 p.m. rematch against visiting No. 28 Pepperdine. That match will determine who gets a ticket to Orlando with a place in the NCAA Round of 16.

2021 NCAA FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS

FIRST ROUND
[12] #12 USC 4, Grand Canyon 0
May 7, 2021 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
DOUBLES
(1) #10 Cukierman/R. Smith (USC) def. Lang/Novak (GCU) - 6-4
(2) Dostanic/Frye (USC) def. Argote/Cvitanovic (GCU) - 6-3
(3) Jackson/Sands (USC) vs. Grant/Van Zeggelaar (GCU) - 5-4 susp.
Order of finish: 2, 1
USC wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #49 Daniel Cukierman (USC) def. Valentin Lang (GCU) - 6-1, 6-1
(2) #52 Riley Smith (USC) vs. Mariano Argote (GCU) - 6-7 (2) susp.
(3) #116 Stefan Dostanic (USC) vs. Justin Cvitanovic (GCU) - 6-1, 5-2 susp.
(4) Bradley Frye (USC) def. Jiri Novak (GCU) - 6-1, 6-2
(5) Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) vs. Freddie Grant (GCU) - 6-2, 5-1 susp.
(6) Ryder Jackson (USC) def. Loic Van Zeggelaar (GCU) - 6-3, 6-1*
Order of finish: 4, 1, 6*

#28 Pepperdine 4, UC Santa Barbara 1
May 7, 2021 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
DOUBLES
(1) #71 Den Ouden/Oetzbach (PEP) def. Tsorotiotis/Vedri (UCSB) - 6-1
(2) Summaria/Zeitvogel (PEP) def. Krustev/Rotheram (UCSB) - 6-2
(3) Brady/Guillin (UCSB) def. De Jonge/Fellin (PEP) - 6-2
Order of finish:  3, 1, 2
Pepperdine wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. #119 Adrian Oetzbach (PEP) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(2) Guy Den Ouden (PEP) vs. Stefano Tsorotiotis (UCSB) - 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-3 susp.
(3) Daniel De Jonge (PEP) vs. Victor Krustev (UCSB) - 4-6, 6-3, 5-2 susp.
(4) Tim Zeitvogel (PEP) def. Pablo Masjuan (UCSB) - 6-3, 7-6 (4)
(5) Corrado Summaria (PEP) def. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) - 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0*
(6) Pietro Fellin (PEP) def. Kai Brady (UCSB) - 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 6, 4, 1, 5*