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No. 24 Arizona Battles Back To Beat No. 14 USC Men's Tennis 4-3

Mar 20, 2022

LOS ANGELES — The No. 14 USC men's tennis team went down to the wire with visiting No. 24 Arizona, with the Wildcats pulling out the comeback in a 4-3 decision today at Marks Stadium. USC had claimed the doubles point, but Arizona found some sparks in singles to net the Pac-12 win. USC goes to 11-5 overall and to 1-1 in Pac-12 play with the loss. 

The Trojans had work cut out for them in doubles, as the Wildcats reeled in USC's Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate on court two. The two Trojans had been up 5-1 before the Wildcats closed the gap to 5-4. But Makk made a stand from the service line, anchoring a 6-4 win to get some wind in USC's sails. In a neck-and-neck battle on court one, USC's #14 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye were all business in their tiebreaker to decide things on court one. Dostanic/Frye peeled out to a 5-0 lead in the breaker and secure the opening point on their 7-6 (3) victory over Arizona's Hoereraal/Ziverts. That left another tiebreaker suspended on court three, and the teams moved on over to singles play. 

Arizona collected first-set wins on the top four courts to put some pressure on the Trojans. On courts five and six, however, USC's Ryan Colby and Lodewijk Weststrate each pulled out respective tiebreak wins to get USC a helpful boost of momentum. On court two, Arizona was able to snag a point when #80 Jonas Ziverts topped #30 Peter Makk 6-4, 6-1. A three-set battle would go the Wildcats' way when #74 Herman Hoeyeraal beat USC's Ryder Jackson 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to lift Arizona ahead 2-1. The Trojans got the equalizer next when freshman Ryan Colby collected a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory on court five over Carlos Hassey, knotting it a 2-2 with three-setters underway on the remaining three courts. At the No. 3 spot, Arizona's #36 Colton Smith saw USC's #116 Bradley Frye fight off three match points before the Wildcat got the win on a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3 decision to nudge Arizona back on top, up 3-2.

In a battle royale at the top spot, USC's #7 Stefan Dostanic completed his comeback with a late rally in his third set to beat Gustav Strom 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and snarl up the score yet again. With things even at 3-3, the decision came down to court six, where Weststrate and Nick Lagaev were duking it out in a third set. Broken serve after broken serve, the third set was wild to the end. Weststrate fought off two match points before Lagaev pulled out a hold to win it 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-5 and clinch the match for the Wildcats at 4-3.

Next week's action brings two more Pac-12 foes to town to face the Trojans. On Friday (March 25), USC hosts Stanford in a rubber match at 3 p.m. Then at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 26), the Trojans take on California at Marks Stadium.

#24 Arizona 4, #14 USC 3
March 20, 2022 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
DOUBLES
(1) #14 Dostanic/Frye (USC) def. Hoeyeraal/Ziverts (ARIZ) - 7-6 (2)
(2) Makk/Weststrate (USC) def. Hassey/Strom (ARIZ) - 6-4
(3) Colby/Jackson (USC) vs. Horwood/Smith (ARIZ) - 6-6 (1-1) susp.
Order of finish: 2, 1
USC wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #7 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) - 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
(2) #80 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) def. #30 Peter Makk (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
(3) #36 Colton Smith (ARIZ) def. #116 Bradley Frye (USC) - 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3
(4) #74 Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ)  def. Ryder Jackson (USC) - 6-3,  2-6, 6-1
(5) Ryan Colby (USC) def. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) - 7-6 (6), 6-2
(6) Nick Lagaev (ARIZ) def. #70 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) - 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-5*
Order of finish: 2, 4, 5, 3, 1, 6*