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No. 15 USC Men’s Tennis Wins Fifth Straight Match Over UCLA, Beating The Bruins 4-2 In Westwood.

Apr 9, 2022

WESTWOOD, CALIF. — The No. 15 USC men's tennis team captured its fifth straight victory over rival UCLA with a comeback effort to beat the Bruins 4-2 today in Westwood. After UCLA took a 2-0 lead, the Trojans rattled off four straight-set singles wins to pocket the road win. In their first matches in Bruin territory, freshmen Peter Makk and Ryan Colby made themselves right at home in tacking up the last two singles victories today for the Trojans, who improve to 16-5 overall and to 6-1 in Pac-12 play.

UCLA edged out USC in doubles action with a tiebreaker on court one. The Bruins collected a 6-3 win on court two over Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate for an early leg up, only to have USC's Ryder Jackson and Samuel Rubell fire back with a 6-4 win on court three. That heaped the pressure on court one, where UCLA's Hoogmartens/Pereira had pulled even with USC's #6 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye. The Bruin duo would push through in the tiebreaker and tack a 1-0 lead on the board for the hosts with that 7-6 (4) decision. UCLA's doubles point win  interrupted a 10-match streak of such wins by the Trojans this season.

The Bruins would nudge ahead 2-0 with Bryce Pereira's win over Samuel Rubell on court six, but the Trojans were undeterred. On court one, #2 Stefan Dostanic found some vengeance with a 7-5, 6-1 win over #23 Alexander Hoogmartens to get a point on the board for USC. At the No. 5 spot, #116 Lodewijk Weststrate found a finishing touch against Eric Hahn for a 6-2, 6-4 win that snarled things up at 2-2. Edging his Trojans into the lead was #52 Peter Makk, who regrouped and took out Giacomo Revelli 6-3, 7-5 to make it 3-2 USC. That left Bradley Frye in a third set on court two, while Ryan Colby fixed his eyes on a clincher at the No. 4 slot. The freshman closed things out on UCLA's Karl Lee with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win that sealed the comeback rivalry win for USC at 4-2 and suspended action on court two. 

The Trojans have their last two regular-season matches on the docket next week, staring with a nonconference bout with San Diego at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (April 13) at Marks Stadium. That match will also feature a Senior Day ceremony to honor USC's three departing Trojans — Paul Barretto, Mor Bulis and Jake Sands. USC wraps up conference play with a road trip to Utah, where the Trojans take on the Utes at 3 p.m. MT on Friday (April 15) in Salt Lake City.

#15 USC 4, UCLA 2
April 9, 2022 | Los Angeles Tennis Center (Westwood, Calif.)
(1) Hoogmartens/Pereira (UCLA) def. #6 Dostanic/Frye (USC) - 7-6 (4)
(2) Revelli/Zahraj (UCLA) def. Makk/Weststrate (USC) -  6-3
(3) Jackson/Rubell (UCLA) def. Fradkin/Lee (UCLA)- 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
UCLA  wins doubles point.
(1) #2 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #23 Alexander Hoogmartens (UCLA) - 7-5, 6-1
(2) Bradley Frye (USC) vs. Patrick Zahraj (UCLA) - 6-3, 3-6. 2-2 susp.
(3) #52 Peter Makk (USC) def. Giacomo Revelli (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-5
(4) Ryan Colby (USC) def. Karl Lee (UCLA) - 7-6 (5), 6-4*
(5) #116 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. Eric Hahn (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-4
(6) Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. Samuel Rubell (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 3, 4*