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NCAA Round of 16 Battle Goes To The No. 4 Buckeyes As USC Men’s Tennis Falls 4-2 in Columbus

May 14, 2022

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The No. 13 USC men's tennis team cranked up the pressure on No. 4 Ohio State in a battle for a ticket to the NCAA Quarterfinals, but the host Buckeyes were able to capture a couple three-set comebacks in singles to claim a 4-2 win over the Trojans today in Columbus, Ohio. Upended in doubles for the first time in eight matches, USC was on task to fight back in singles. The Trojans claimed first sets on four courts, and got victories from Lodewijk  Weststrate and Bradley Frye, but the Buckeyes got the key wins to get the Round of 16 victory in today's Super Regional. USC wraps the season with a 23-6 overall record after having made its 15th consecutive trip to at least the NCAA Round of 16.

USC's top guns #7 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye came out of the gates hot in doubles, maneuvering ahead of #2 Cash/Vocel 5-0 before the Buckeyes pushed back. That bought Ohio State the time to get things going on courts two and three, picking up 6-1 wins over Trojan pairs to pocket a 1-0 lead for the hosts and bring up singles play. 

The Trojans captured first sets on four courts in singles, although the Buckeyes battled back to take back second sets on three of those. Ohio State's Dustin Boulais topped USC's Ryder Jackson 6-4, 6-1 on court six to get a 2-0 lead on the board for the hosts. Coming through at the opposite end of the venue was USC's #121 Lodewijk Weststrate, who dominated Buckeye James Trotter for a 6-0, 6-4 Trojan victory to get one back at 2-1. In a rare event on court one, USC's #7 Stefan Dostanic was ousted for the first time this year in dual-match play. His 19-match win streak came to a close when Ohio State's #9 Cannon Kingsley battled back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 effort that got the Buckeyes a 3-1 advantage with three-setters raging on three other courts. 

Coming through with the match extender was #105 Bradley Frye, who made his power comeback on court two to topple #13 Matej Vocel 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and get the Trojan back within one, down 3-2. That left the match on the shoulders of two USC freshmen on courts three and four. Both third sets tightened up down the stretch, with the Buckeyes' #122 Jake Van Emburgh getting a late break of USC's Ryan Colby on court four to get in position to serve out the match. That would stand as the clincher, as Van Emburgh's 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback tallying the fourth point of the day for host to ink a 4-2 win in the books for Ohio State.  That  suspended a tense battle on court three between USC freshmen Wojtek Marek and Ohio State's #19 JJ Tracy.

With NCAA team competition now come to a close, the Trojans turn to NCAA Individual action. USC has Stefan Dostanic and Peter Makk locked in for the NCAA Singles draw, while Dostanic and Bradley Frye are  in the mix for NCAA Doubles. Competition runs May 23-28 in Champaign, Ill.

NCAA SUPER REGIONAL

ROUND OF 16
#4 Ohio State 4, #13 USC 2
May 14, 2022 | Columbus, Ohio
DOUBLES
(1) #7 Dostanic/Frye (USC) vs. #3 Cash/Vocel (OHST) - 5-3 susp.
(2) Boulais/Lutschaunig (OHST) def. Marek/Wojtek (USC) - 6-1
(3) Kingsley/Tracy (OHST) def. Jackson/Rubell (USC) - 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 3
Ohio State wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #9 Cannon Kingsley (OHST) def. #7 Stefan Dostanic (USC) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(2) #105 Bradley Frye (USC) def. #13 Matej Vocel (OHST) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
(3) Wojtek Marek (USC) vs. #19 JJ Tracy (OHST) - 7-5, 1-6, 3-4 susp.
(4) #122 Jake Van Emburgh (OHST) def. Ryan Colby (USC) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-4*
(5) #121 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. #46 James Trotter (OHST) - 6-0, 6-4
(6) Justin Boulais (OHST) def. Ryder Jackson (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 2, 4*