No. 5 USC Men Top No. 6 UCLA
March 3, 2010
WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC men's tennis team recorded its first back-to-back wins against crosstown rival UCLA since 1991 with the Trojans' 6-1 win over the Bruins today at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. USC had claimed a 4-0 win over UCLA earlier this year at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, and this second look at UCLA was a similarly decisive victory for the Trojans. USC captured the doubles point and then worked ahead with the clincher coming from Matt Kecki to make it a 4-1 USC lead from his No. 6 singles slot. USC improves to 12-1 with today's win, while UCLA goes to 6-3.
"It's a great day to be a Trojan," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "We won this one for all the Trojan tennis teams that have struggled at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The atmosphere for the doubles point was electric and to win it was a great start to the match."
After the teams traded wins in the first two doubles matches to finish, USC won the first point on an 8-6 victory from Trojans Lucassen/Poldma at the No. 3 position to get USC some momentum for singles.
#3 Steve Johnson tacked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Holden Seguso to start singles up from his No. 2 slot, although the Bruins would make it 2-1 with Nick Meister's win over Peter Lucassen at No. 5. The Trojans were not phased by the UCLA push to close in, however. Three-setters were the story down the line, but #93 Jaak Poldma padded USC's lead to 3-1 on a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 3 over #92 Amit Inbar next. That set up Matt Kecki for his 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win over Maxime Tabatruong at No. 6, and the Trojans had their second straight win over the Bruins in hand. Rounding out the win for good measure were #9 Robert Farah and #114 Daniel Nguyen. Farah topped #40 Haythem Abid 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot, and Nguyen took down #50 Matt Brooklyn 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in a smooth comeback to finish off the Trojan victory.
"I was really proud of my guys for gutting out some tough three setters," Smith said. "We realize we have a long way to go, but we earned the right to enjoy the weekend."
USC's next competition comes next week with Wake Forest coming to town in a 1:30 p.m. match at Marks Stadium on March 10.
#5 USC 6, #6 UCLA 1