Bradley Frye’s Third-Set Tiebreaker Clinches 4-2 Win For No. 15 USC Men’s Tennis Over Cal
LOS ANGELES — The No. 15 USC men's tennis team took it down to the wire once again at Marks Stadium, with today's clinching heroics coming from Bradley Frye's spot on court two. The senior shrugged off four match points during his third-set tiebreaker and brought the match to close with an impressive finish that gave the Trojans a 4-2 victory over visiting No. 27 California. USC improves to 13-5 overall with the tense win over the Golden Bears, and goes to 3-1 in Pac-12 play.
Not long after Cal captured a 6-3 doubles win on court two, the Trojans fired right back with almost simultaneous finishes for a pair of 6-3 decisions on courts three and one to pocket the doubles point. USC's Ryder Jackson and Samuel Rubell topped Chang/Hjorth at the No. 3 spot, and the Trojans' top guns, #17 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye beat Cal's #28 Kikuchi/Overbeck to pin that 1-0 lead on the board for USC.
Back at the top spot for singles, #6 Dostanic whipped up a speedy 6-1, 6-1 win over Cal's #103 Yuta Kikuchi to make it 2-0 Trojans. On court three, #46 Peter Makk boosted USC to a 3-0 advantage on a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sean Hill to get the freshman back in the win column in singles action. Competition would tighten up from there, though, and the Golden Bears began to reel in the Trojans. Derrick Chen pinned the first point on the board for Cal when he worked his way out of reach of USC's #73 Lodewijk Weststrate for a 7-6 (6), 6-3 decision on court five. Next, Carl Emil Overbeck would fend off USC freshman Ryan Colby in two tiebreakers to capture another point for the Bears on a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) win that made it 3-2.
With three-set battles raging on courts two and six, the momentum looked to be swaying in Cal's favor. Lucas Magnaudet had battled back against USC's Paul Barretto on court six to lead it in their third set. But USC's #116 Bradley Frye still had just enough firepower left in his third-set tiebreaker against Cal's Philip Hjorth. Hjorth got ahead 6-3 in the breaker to look poised for victory, but Frye had other ideas. The USC senior clipped down that margin to sidestep match point and pull even at 6-6. Again, Hjorth got a leg up and was in position for a win with an 8-7 advantage, only to see Frye fight through and tally the last two points to take home an epic 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7) win that gave USC the 4-2 win and suspended action on court six with match point in the balance for Cal there.
USC continues its path through conference play next week with trips to Oregon and Washington. The Trojans will visit the Ducks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 1) before heading to face the Huskies in a 12 p.m. match on Sunday (April 3).
#15 USC 4, #27 California 2
March 26, 2022 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) #17 Dostanic/Frye (USC) def. #28 Kikuchi/Overbeck (CAL) - 6-3
(2) Hill/Magnaudet (CAL) def. Makk/Weststrate (USC) - 6-3
(3) Barretto/Jackson (USC) def. Chang/Hjorth (CAL) - 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
USC wins doubles point.
(1) #6 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #103 Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) - 6-1, 6-1
(2) #116 Bradley Frye (USC) def. Philip Hjorth (CAL) - 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7)*
(3) #46 Peter Makk (USC) def. Sean Hill (CAL) - 7-5, 6-2
(4) Carl Emil Overbeck (CAL) def. Ryan Colby (USC) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7)
(5) Derrick Chen (CAL) def. #73 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) - 7-6 (6), 6-3
(6) Paul Barretto (USC) vs. Lucas Magnaudet (CAL) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), 3-5 susp.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5, 4, 2*