Trojans Remain Undefeated As USC Secures Two Wins In Doubleheader|
Feb. 6, 2016
LOS ANGELES - It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles, Calif. as the Trojans went undefeated in their doubleheader versus Grand Canyon and Loyola Marymount. USC defended its home court as it defeated GCU and LMU both with 6-1 scores on Feb. 6 in Marks Stadium. Trojan tennis fans had the opportunity to see a plethora of faces as USC’s entire 11-man roster competed throughout the day. The Trojans improve to 5-0 on the season.
“It was great to see us respond to the challenges presented to us today,” said head coach Peter Smith. “We are now looking forward to the ITA National Indoors.”
With laser focus, USC’s David Laser and Logan Smith claimed the first win of the day as they triumphed over Grand Canyon’s Ounanian/Rajaonah 6-2 on court three. Shortly thereafter, court two’s match came to a close as the Trojan duo of Thibault Forget and Tanner Smith beat the Lopes pair of Legarreta/Maroscher 6-2 to claim the doubles point.
Singles play began and USC’s No. 41 Nick Crystal was locked in on court one. He blasted through his match to claim a decisive win over his opponent Mitch Maroscher with a score of 6-2, 6-4. Not far behind was Trojan Thibault Forget on court four. Forget ran away with his match with a 6-3, 6-3 score over Grand Canyon’s Mathieu Rajaonah. As battles continued on the remaining courts, USC’s Jack Jaede would decide the match. On court five, Jaede’s 6-4, 6-4 victory clinched the match for the Trojans over Grand Canyon’s Meidy Chazeau.
Although USC’s four points had already secured them the win, the rest of courts would continue to play out their matches. All of the matches were close and each court would have to compete in a third set tiebreaker to 10 points. On court two, Trojan No. 69 Logan Smith fought hard to nab his win. After quickly defeating LMU's Felix Schueller 6-2 in the first set, L. Smith fell 4-6 in the second. In the tiebreaker, L. Smith grinded Schueller back and forth across the court and came out on top with a 10-8 win. On court three, USC’s Laurens Verboven lost his first set 3-6 to Grand Canyon’s Alexander Roggenkamp, but came back to flip the score in the second set and win 6-3. Unfortunately, Verboven fell to Roggenkamp 10-8 in the third set tiebreaker to give the Lopes their only win of the day. USC’s Henry Ji would have the final word of the match. After collecting a close 7-6 (4) win in the first set, Grand Canyon’s Adrian Legarreta sliced his way back to snag the second set 6-2. As the third set tiebreaker began, the Trojans gathered around court six to cheer on their teammate. Ji gained a slight 3-2 lead to open the tiebreaker, but then sprinted ahead to capture a 10-4 tiebreak win for Troy.
After an hour-long break, it was game time once again as the Trojans took on the Loyola Marymount Lions. On court one, USC’s duo of Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede hustled through their match to grab the first doubles win over LMU’s Farah/Smith with a 6-2 score. Courts two and three were neck in neck and had almost identical scores throughout their respective matches. The Trojan pair of David Laser and Tanner Smith closed out their match against LMU’s Rivera/Thorp with a winning score of 6-4 on court three to nab the doubles point. Almost immediately after their win, USC’s Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine won their match versus LMU’s Bohuslav/Moenter with a 6-4 score.
USC entered the singles portion of the match with a 1-0 advantage. USC’s Jack Jaede took no prisoners on court six as he posted a decisive 6-0, 6-1 victory over LMU’s Alex Bourgeois. On court one, Trojan No. 115 Max de Vroome wasted no time by blowing through his match with ease as he defeated LMU’s Cristobal Rivera 6-2, 6-2.
The rest of the afternoon’s matches were hard-fought battles to three sets. After losing his first set 3-6 to LMU’s Lukas Moenter, USC’s No. 69 Logan Smith battled back on court three to clinch the match for the Trojans with winning set scores of 6-2 and 6-3. L. Smith’s two wins today improved his winning streak to nine wins, currently the longest on the team. On court four, USC’s Laurens Verboven also fought back from a deficit after losing the first set to LMU’s Luke Bohuslav 2-6. He then won the following two sets with scores of 6-3 and 6-2 to tally another point for the Trojans. USC, now 4-0 on the match, had two courts still in play. In true Trojan form, USC’s No. 83 Jake DeVine displayed the team’s motto of “Fight On” as he battled back to win his match after losing the first set. After LMU’s Errol Smith claimed the first set 7-5, DeVine stood his ground and captured the next two sets with scores of 6-4 and 6-4. Finally, USC’s Rob Bellamy was entrenched in battle with his Lion opponent, Joat Farah, but fell short as Farah took the match with scores of 7-5, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-8).
USC’s next action takes the team to Charlottesville, Va. where they will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships from Feb. 12 through Feb. 15.
#6 USC 6, Grand Canyon 1