Men's Tennis
    No. 13 USC Men's Tennis Finishes Off Tulsa
    Freshman Steve Johnson won in doubles and singles today against Tulsa.
    Freshman Steve Johnson won in doubles and singles today against Tulsa.

    March 16, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 13 USC men's tennis team beat No. 29 Tulsa with a 5-2 score on Monday (March 16) afternoon at Marks Stadium. The win brings the Trojans up to 12-3 overall and drops Tulsa to 13-7. The Trojans were led by the #4 combination of Robert Farah/Steve Johnson in doubles and Steven Johnson and Jaak Poldma in singles.

    The Trojans swept the Golden Hurricanes in doubles, with #4 Robert Farah/Steve Johnson coming out of the No. 1slot to beat # 3 Arnau Brugues/Philip Stephens 8-3. Next to finish and clinch the doubles point for USC was No. 2 Abdullah Magdas/Daniel Nguyen who were down early in the match to Ross Cunningham/Ashley Watling but fought back to an 8-5 win. Rounding out the sweep was No. 3 Matt Kecki/Jaak Poldma who beat Victor Kolik/James Seagraves, 8-6.

    In singles, #86 Steve Johnson, coming out of the No. 3 slot beat Victor Kolik 6-2, 6-3 to start the Trojans off with a win and bring the score to 2-0, Trojans. Next to finish was #1 Robert Farah, who lost to #3 Arnau Brugues 6-3, 6-2 from the No. 1 spot. No. 6 Jason McNaughton took the first set from Tulsa's Ross Cunningham 6-1, dropped the second set 6-4, and came out strong in the third set 6-1 to take the point for the Trojans and giving them a 3-1 match lead. No. 2 Jaak Poldma finished off Alberto Sottocorno 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Trojans, 4-1. Finishing off singles, No. 4 Abdullah Magdas won the first set 6-3 over Philip Stephens, but then dropped the last two sets 6-1, 6-3, putting the score at 4-2. No. 5 Matt Kecki won the first set over Ashley Waitling 6-3, lost the second set 6-4, but came back strong 6-3 to get the win and put the final score at 5-2, USC.

     

     

    Next up for the Trojans is a difficult road trip, beginning with a match against No. 18 Texas A&M on Thursday (March 19). USC will then move on to No. 11 Baylor to face the Bears on Saturday (March 21) at 1 p.m.

    #13 USC 5, #29 Tulsa 2

    DOUBLES

    (1) #4 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. #3 Brugues/Stephens (TUL) - 8-3

    (2) Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Cunningham/Watling (TUL) - 8-5

    (3) Kecki/Poldma (USC) def. Kolik/Seagrave (TUL) - 8-6

    USC wins doubles point.

    Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

    SINGLES

    (1) #3 Arnau Brugues (TUL) def. #1 Robert Farah (USC) - 6-3, 6-2

    (2) #102 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Alberto Sottocorno (TUL) - 7-5, 6-3*

    (3) #86 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Victor Kolik (TUL) - 6-2, 6-3

    (4) Philip Stephens (TUL) def. #57 Abdullah Magdas (USC) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

    (5) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Ashley Watling (TUL) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

    (6) Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Ross Cunningham (TUL) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

    Order of finish: 3, 1, 6, 2*, 4, 5