USC defeats Washington to win third straight Pac-12 Men's Tennis Championship
OJAI, Calif. - For the third consecutive time, USC captured the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship tournament title, as the second-seeded and No. 13 nationally ranked Trojans knocked off No. 8 seed and No. 8 seed Washington, 4-1, at Libbey Park on Saturday.
With the program’s sixth Pac-12 Tennis Championship title since the conference began a team tournament in 2012, USC earned the league's automatic NCAA berth and will learn its postseason draw during the NCAA Selection Show on May 2 at 3:00 p.m. PT. With a 21-5 overall record, this marks USC's 15th consecutive ticket to the tournament.
USC rolled through the tournament, defeating No. 7 California in the quarterfinals, 4-0, and No. 3 Stanford in the semifinals, 4-0.
USC kicked off the Championship match by claiming the doubles point with victories from Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye over Washington’s Jack Davis and Ewen Lumsden on top court, 6-1, followed by Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate’s win over Clement Chidekh and Nedim Sukoon court two, 6-3.
Ryan Colby was the first to punch in singles play, defeating Washington’s Han-Chih Lin 6-3, 6-1 to put the Trojans up 2-0. The Huskies responded to a 2 point deficit with Nedim Suko’s straight set win at No. 6 singles over USC’s Sam Rubell (6-1, 6-4), but USC had another straight-set win on the agenda. Playing at the No. 3 spot, Peter Makk remained in victory mode as he took out Ewen Lumsden 6-1, 7-6 (4) to get it to 3-1 USC.
As the eighth-seeded underdogs, Washington fought back to force a third set thanks to yet another impressive performance by freshman Cesar Bouchelaghem, who saved a match point on court five to keep UW in it by winning his second set, 7-5, from 4-5 down.
After losing the first set on both of the top two courts (3-6) and (6-7(3)), Trojans Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye had shifted their momentum to bring up third sets in both of their matches.
Ultimately, USC senior Bradley Frye came through with the clincher for the Trojans. The senior shrugged off a tiebreak loss in the first set before churning out solid performances in the next two. He brought the hammer down from the service line to come through with the clincher, beating fellow senior Jack Davis, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3, from court two to haul in another trophy for his Trojans.
At the time that match ended, USC’s 5th-ranked Stefan Dostanic was at 3-3 in his third set against Washington’s 6th-ranked Clement Chidekh on top court, while sophomore Lodewijk Weststrate was up 3-1 in his third set against freshman Cesar Bouchelaghem.
Final // Sat., April 23 // Libbey Park
No. 2 USC 4, No. 8 WASHINGTON 1
1. Stefan Dostanic/Bradley Frye, USC def. Jack Davis/Ewen Lumsden, WASH - 6,1
2. Peter Makk/Lodewijk Weststrate, USC def. Clement Chidekh/Nedim Suko, WASH - 6-3
3. Sam Rubell/Ryder Jackson, USC v. Cesar Bouchelaghem/Brandon Wong, WASH - 5-2 unf.
Order of finish: 1, 2
1. Stefan Dostanic, USC v. Clement Chidekh, WASH - 3-6, 7-5, 3-3 unf.
2. Bradley Frye, USC def. Jack Davis, WASH - 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-3
3. Peter Makk, USC def. Ewen Lumsden, WASH - 6-1, 7-6(4)
4. Ryan Colby, USC def. Han-Chih Lin, WASH - 6-3, 6-1
5. Lodewijk Weststrate, USC v. Cesar Bouchelaghem, WASH - 6-4, 5-7, 3-1 unf.
6. Nedim Suko, WASH def. Sam Rubell, USC - 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 6, 3, 2