Men's Tennis
    Trojans Wind Down In ITA Semifinals
    Robert Farah took on the No. 2 seed today in Tulsa.
    Robert Farah took on the No. 2 seed today in Tulsa.

    Oct. 10, 2009

    TULSA, OKLA. -- The USC men's tennis team has come up just short of an all-Trojan final at the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., after tough semifinal losses ended runs by Steve Johnson and Robert Farah in the tournament. The two Trojans now boast a 4-1 start to the 2009-10 tennis action.

    Tiebreakers and three-set matches may have caught up to USC sophomore Steve Johnson by the time he hit this afternoon's semifinal match against Andrei Daescu of Oklahoma. Johnson held tight with Daescu throughout, but fell behind in tiebreakers to take a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) loss to close out the sophomore's impressive run at the tournament.

    Senior Robert Farah had a tough draw for his semifinal match, as the No. 3 seeded Trojan was up against the No. 2 seed, John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee. Farah got ahead in the face-off by taking the first set, but Smith countered with a comeback push and grabbed a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Farah to take the spot in tomorrow's singles final.

    D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships - Tulsa, Okla.

    MAIN DRAW - SINGLES
    First Round (Oct. 8)
    Jordan Rux (Baylor) def. Jaak Poldma (USC) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
    Steve Johnson (USC) def. [8] Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) - 6-4, 6-1
    [3] Robert Farah (USC) def. Alex Stamchev (Auburn) - 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
    [2] John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee) def. Matt Kecki (USC) -- 6-1, 3-0 def.

    Second Round (Oct. 9)
    Steve Johnson (USC) def. Mortiz Baumann (Wisconsin) -- 7-6 (2), 6-3
    [3] Robert Farah (USC) vs. Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) -- 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

     

     

    Round of 16 (Oct. 9)
    Steve Johnson (USC) def. Bradley Klahn (Stanford) -- 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
    [3] Robert Farah (USC) def. Ionut Beleleu (Oklahoma) -- 7-6 (3), 6-4

    Quarterfinals (Oct. 10)
    Steve Johnson (USC) def. Alex Lacroix (Florida) -- 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
    [3] Robert Farah (USC) def. Jason Jung (Michigan) -- 7-5, 6-3

    Semifinals (Oct. 10)
    Andrei Dauescu (Oklahoma) def. Steve Johnson (USC) -- 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0)
    [2] John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee) def. [3] Robert Farah (USC) -- 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

    MAIN DRAW - DOUBLES
    First Round (Oct. 8)
    Barrick/Shabaz (UVA) def. Kecki/Poldma (USC) - 8-5
    Conkic/Smith (Tennessee) def. [2] Farah/Johnson (USC) - 9-7