No. 9 USC Men Top Off Trip To Virginia With 4-2 Win Over No. 13 Baylor

    Feb. 19, 2017

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- The No. 9 USC men's tennis team topped off their trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships by collecting their 10th win of 2017. In today's consolation bout against No. 13 Baylor, the Trojans took early control of the match and pressed on to a 4-2 victory over the Bears, with Thibault Forget snagging the clincher from court four. The win puts USC at 10-2 overall on the year.

    Baylor made it a tricky path for the Trojans out of the gates with a swift 6-0 win on court one over USC's #32 Brandon Holt and Riley Smith, but USC regrouped and got back in the running with Rob Bellamy and Jack Jaede's 6-2 win on court three. That left the decider on court two, where USC's #35 Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven were able to pull out a tiebreaker to put a tenet doubles point in USC's pocket.

    In singles, USC's #119 Jack Jaede stayed the course and manufactured a 2-0 lead for the Trojans with his 6-4, 6-2 win over Will Little on court five. Baylor responded with a 6-2, 7-5 win by #54 Juan Benitez over USC freshman #13 Brandon Holt at the No. 1 spot, but fellow freshman Riley Smith tugged the Trojans back ahead 3-1 with his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Constantin Frantzen on court six. Again, the Bears were able to close the gap, this time on a 6-2, 6-3 win by #57 Max Tchoutakian over USC sophomore #36 Logan Smith on court two. But it was USC's depth that came through in the clutch, as Thibault Forget capped off the win with a 6-4, 6-3 clincher over Jimmy Bendeck at the No. 4 spot, making it 4-2 Trojans and suspending Crystal's three-setter on court three. 

    USC now returns home to Marks Stadium for two matches next week. USC will host Cal Poly in a 2 p.m. matchup on Friday (Feb. 23) before turning to take on Stanford in a nonconference clash at 3 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 23).

    ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Charlottesville, Va.)

    CONSOLATION MATCH
    #9 USC 4, #13 Baylor 2
    Feb. 19, 2017 | Charlottesville, Va.
    DOUBLES
    (1) Schretter/Tchoutakian (BAY) def. #32 Holt/R. Smith (USC) - 6-0
    (2) #35 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Benitez/Frantzen (BAY) - 7-6
    (3) Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Bendeck/Little (BAY) - 6-2
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
    USC wins doubles point.
    SINGLES
    (1) #54 Juan Benitez (BAY) def. #13 Brandon Holt (USC) - 6-2, 7-5
    (2) #57 Max Tchoutakian def. #36 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
    (3) Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Johannes Schretter (BAY) - 6-3, 0-6, 3-0 susp.
    (4) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BAY) - 6-3, 6-3*
    (5) #119 Jack Jaede (USC) def. Will Little (BAY) - 6-4, 6-2
    (6) Riley Smith (USC) def. Constantin Frantzen (BAY) - 6-1, 6-4
    Order of finish: 5, 1, 6, 2, 4