The Trojans Mix It Up at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships|
March 10, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Over the weekend, the USC men's tennis team competed in the 126th Annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. This tournament welcomed a wide variety of players including juniors, professionals, and collegiate teams. The only matches that counted towards USC's records were those played against a current collegiate doubles team.
The Trojan duo of Roberto Quiroz and Thibault Forget had an impressive performance over the three days. They won five matches in the open bracket to take them all the way to the championship match. On the way to the finals, Quiroz and Forget beat Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg and Jurence Mendoza 7-5, 6-4 and UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. They also were victorious over non-collegiate opponents.
In the championship match, Quiroz and Forget took on Oklahoma State's other pair of Nicolai Ferrigno and Lucas Gerch. The Trojans fell to the Cowboys 6-3, 6-4 to claim second place in the men's open doubles bracket.
USC had three other pairs competing in the tournament. Rob Bellamy and Connor Farren paired up and faced three collegiate teams. The Trojans halted Villanova's Bradley Noyes and Chris Seitz 8-5 and Pepperdine's Guilherme Hadlich and Rakshay Thakkar 8-5, but lost to Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz and Tom Fawcett 6-4, 7-5 in the Round of 16.
USC's Jonny Wang and Tanner Smith competed against non-collegiate opponents and Henry Ji and David Laser took on San Diego State's Santiago Cevallos and Saxon Buehning, but fell short as they lost 8-4.
Head coach Peter Smith also competed in the tournament. Smith paired with former Trojan Kaes Vant'Hof. Vant'Hof was the 2008 NCAA Doubles Champion with partner Robert Farah. Even though Smith and Vant'Hof were knocked out of the open bracket in the Round of 64, they made it to the consolation bracket finals, where they came in second place.
USC's next match will have the No. 5 Trojans defending their home court and facing off against crosstown rivals, No. 14 UCLA. This match, which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network, will take place on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m.