No. 10 USC Serves Up Upset Of No. 7 Baylor
March 21, 2009
WACO, TEXAS -- The No. 10 USC men's tennis team pulled off a comeback upset over host No. 7 Baylor on Saturday afternoon as the Trojans fought out of an 0-3 hole to claim a 4-3 road win and improve to 13-4 on the year. USC surrendered the doubles point before falling in the first two singles matches, only to get a string of straight-set wins from freshmen Matt Kecki, Steve Johnson, Daniel Nguyen and senior Abdullah Magdas to overtake the Bears and claim victory.
In doubles play, USC's Kecki/Poldma grabbed the first win of the day for the Trojans, but Baylor responded by taking doubles wins at the No. 1 and 2 slots to take a 1-0 lead. The Bears followed that with back-to-back singles wins to take a commanding 3-0 lead, as Jason McNaughton was upended at No. 5 by Baylor's Dominik Mueller 6-1, 6-2 and #101 Jaak Poldma took a 6-4, 6-1 loss to a powerful #6 Denes Lukacs at No. 1.
In the remaining matches, however, USC ensured it would not come down to three-set battles like in the Trojans' previous dual match at Texas A&M. Sparked by a 6-1, 6-4 win from freshman Matt Kecki at No. 4 over Attila Bucko, USC began to mount its comeback. Two more USC freshmen came up big next to pull the Trojans even in the match. #92 Steve Johnson served up an upset of Baylor's #49 Jordan Rux with a solid 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2. Next, Daniel Nguyen claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maros Horny at No. 6, and the match was tied up 3-3.
That left the deciding match on the shoulders of USC senior #75 Abdullah Magdas. Magdas gutted out two tight sets with his opponent David Galic, and tacked up the clincher thanks to a strong second-set tiebreak to win 7-5, 7-6 (3).
USC's next competition takes the Trojans into their first Pac-10-counting matches of the year with a trip to the Bay Area. USC will face California at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 27) in Berkeley before heading to Stanford for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday (March 28).
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