No. 10 USC Men Double Up With Wins Over UC Riverside And UC Irvine|
Jan. 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 10 USC men's tennis team locked up two more wins in a well-rounded performance by the Trojans in a doubleheader at Marks Stadium. USC kicked off the day's action with a 7-0 sweep of UC Riverside, with the clincher notched by Jens Sweaney in that one. A couple hours later, the Trojans took on UC Irvine and posted a 6-1 win, claiming the first six points of the match and seeing Jack Jaede tally the clinching victory during that run. USC is now 3-0 on the year as the 2017 campaign unfurls.
USC kicked out to a strong start in opening the day with a swift move through doubles play against the Highlanders. A 6-1 win on court two from Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine set the course for the Trojans, as Thibault Forget and Jack Jaede combined forces on court three next for a speedy 6-2 finish. That tacked up the first point of the match in USC's column as singles action got underway. In that next stretch, USC remained all business. The Trojans would not surrender a set to their UC Riverside opponents. Senior Rob Bellamy wouldn't even give up a game to his Highlander foe as he rang up the opening singles win with a smooth 6-0, 6-0 decision over Gilbert Chung from court four. Freshman Riley Smith almost replicated that effort with a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot over Nabil Abdallah to net a 3-0 lead for the Trojans. That set up Jens Sweaney for the first match-clinching singles win of his Trojan career. With a 6-3, 6-1 decision from court six, Sweaney secured victory for his Trojans with a 4-0 lead on his victory over Olivier Kigotho. The remaining singles matches were played out, and USC emerged victorious down the stretch to round out the 7-0 sweep on wins from Laurens Verboven, Logan Smith and finally Brandon Holt with the capper from court one.
In the second match, UC Irvine forced the issue in doubles by following up a win from USC's Brandon Holt and Riley Smith on court one with an Anteater victory on court three. That heaped pressure on the court two match, which stretched into a tiebreaker to decide the first point of the match. Trojans Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven made the first move in the breaker and would fend off Anteaters Man-Son-Hing/Marquard to post a 7-6 (4) win that slotted a 1-0 lead for host USC in the match.
In singles, Thibault Forget streaked on through to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep on court three to pick up a 2-0 lead for the Trojans, silencing Derek Chen to move USC ahead. The next two Trojan wins finished up within seconds of each other. Jake DeVine delivered a 6-1, 6-1 win over Vatsal Bajpai just moments before Jack Jaede locked in on the clincher with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mason Hansen at the No. 5 spot. That secured the 4-0 lead for the Trojans, and a third straight dual-match win for USC. But the match played on. On court two, #88 senior Nick Crystal whipped up a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Luca Marquard to make it 5-0 Trojans, leaving to closer matches raging on. At the No. 6 spot, Henry Ji dug in and put the finishing touches on his win topping Bruce Mah-Son-Hing 6-2, 6-4 to put eyes all on court one. That's where UC Irvine would notch its only point of the match, as #28 Logan Smith forced the match into a deciding 10-point tiebreaker only to see UC Irvine's Sebastian Heim pull out the win with a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4) decision that capped the day's competition.
Now 3-0 on the year, the Trojans will set up to host ITA Kick-Off Weekend play next week. On Jan. 28, San Diego and Virginia Tech do battle first in a 10 a.m. matchup before USC takes on East Tennessee State at 1 p.m. at Marks Stadium. On Jan. 29, Saturday's losing teams square off in a 10 a.m. consolation bout before a 1 p.m. championship match between Saturday's winning teams to decide who gets the ticket to ITA National Team Indoors in February.
#10 USC 7, UC Riverside 0
#10 USC 6, UC Irvine 1