Freshman Ryan Colby Lifts No. 15 USC Men’s Tennis To 4-3 Win Over No. 13 Stanford
LOS ANGELES — The No. 15 USC men's tennis team gutted out a gritty 4-3 win over visiting No. 13 Stanford in a rubber match at Marks Stadium, with freshman Ryan Colby collecting the clincher to net a Pac-12 win for the Trojans. USC had snagged a tight doubles point before moving into a tight singles scene that saw Stanford draw even three times to set up Colby's heroics on court four. The win improves USC to 12-5 overall and to 2-1 in Pac-12 play. The Trojans and Cardinal had split earlier matches this season by 4-1 scorelines before USC broke the season tie with today's victory.
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After USC's Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate captured a 6-4 win on court two over Kopczynski/Sah, the doubles point hung in the balance with two tiebreakers. At the No. 3 spot, Stanford's Basing/Rotsaert found a late gear to claim a 7-6 (1) win over USC's Ryder Jackson and Samuel Rubell to even things up and put all eyes on court one. An all-out battle was underway in that breaker, which tied up five times before USC's #17 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye maneuvered ahead to tack up a 7-6 (9) victory over #51 Fery/Geller and get a 1-0 USC advantage on the board.
Stanford scored a point when Timothy Sah snagged a 6-1, 6-4 win over USC's Paul Barretto on court six, only to see #6 Stefan Dostanic strike right back with a smooth 6-3, 6-4 upset of Stanford's #2 Arthur Fery on court one to sneak the Trojans ahead 2-1. The win marked Dostanic's 13th consecutive singles win. Again, the Cardinal tugged things even, this time netting a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win from #58 Max Basing on court three over USC's #46 Peter Makk.
Next, it was #73 Lodewijk Weststrate who got the Trojans a boost out in front. He churned out a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sangeet Sridhar on court five to nudge USC into position with a 3-2 advantage. Stanford bit back on a three-set win from Axel Geller over #116 Bradley Frye at the No. 2 spot to snarl things up 3-3 and put the pressure on court four. There, it was a freshman-senior bout between USC's newcomer Ryan Colby and Stanford's veteran Alexandre Rotsaert. In order to avert a third set, Colby needed to claim a second tiebreaker against his Cardinal foe. He'd do so with a gutsy effort, pulling off the clincher with his 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) decision to notch a hard-fought 4-3 win for his Trojans.
USC has another Pac-12 clash coming up tomorrow (March 26) in a 1 p.m. matchup against California at Marks Stadium.
#15 USC 4, #13 Stanford 3
March 25, 2022 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) #17 Dostanic/Frye (USC) def. #51 Fery/Geller (STAN) - 7-6 (9)
(2) Makk/Weststrate (USC) def. Kopczynski/Sah (STAN) - 6-4
(3) Basing/Rotsaert (STAN) def. Jackson/Rubell (USC) - 7-6 (1)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
USC wins doubles point.
(1) #6 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #2 Arthur Fery (STAN) - 6-3, 6-4
(2) Axel Geller (STAN) def. #116 Bradley Frye (USC) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
(3) #58 Max Basing (STAN) def. #46 Peter Makk (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-2
(4) Ryan Colby (USC) def. Alexandre Rotsaert (STAN) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
(5) #73 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. Sangeet Sridhar (STAN) - 7-5, 6-4
(6) Timothy Sah (STAN) def. Paul Barretto (USC) - 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 1, 3, 5, 2, 4*