No. 7 USC Men Dig In For Two Wins On Home Turf

    March 14, 2017

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The No. 7 USC men’s tennis team closed out a long day at Marks Stadium with two more wins to tack up in its 2017 journey, beating visiting Lehigh 7-0 and Texas Tech 4-3 in a home doubleheader today. USC was in cruise control in the morning match, sprinting through the doubles point and then staying the course in singles with Laurens Verboven coming up with the clincher against the Mountain Hawks. Against Texas Tech, USC had a little more work to do. It was a tight double point, but the Trojans got it done with wins on courts two and three. In singles, the Red Raiders closed the gap down to one, only to see Jack Jaede dig in and claim a second-set tiebreaker to secure victory for the Trojans on court four. The two wins improve the No. 7 Trojans to 15-2 overall on the year.

    In the opening clash against Lehigh, the Trojans got rapid-fire wins in doubles to lock up the first point of the day. At the No. 3 spot, USC’s senior duo of Nick Crystal and David Laser whipped up a 6-3 win over Lehigh’s Bogard/Nardella. Seconds later, the Trojans’ top guns #19 Brandon Holt and Logan Smith topped off the doubles point with a 6-2 win over Cooper/Lehman. That suspended doubles action with USC’s Rob Bellamy and Jack Jaede up 5-2 on Lehigh’s Petersen/Martin-Dyer. 

    In singles play, four Trojans had their silencers on in their first sets. Henry Ji was the first to pin up a 6-0 win in his opening set, followed by Laurens Verboven, Rob Bellamy and Logan Smith, who also made 6-0 stands against their respective opponents in the first set. Ji and Bellamy would stay the course from there, with Ji snagging the first win on a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Ethan Bogard on court five. With a 2-0 advantage on the board for the Trojans, Bellamy added to the count with a sweep of his own, topping Jack Martin-Dyer 6-0, 6-0 on court three to make it a 3-0 USC lead. On court four, Laurens Verboven would surrender a single game to Lehigh’s Colin Nardella. In doing so, Verboven’s timing was perfect for the clincher, as his 6-0, 6-1 victory made it a 4-0 USC lead to register the win for the Trojans. The match played on, and Thibault Forget finished off his No. 2 singles bout with Jack Peteren, netting a 6-1, 6-2 victory to make it 5-0 Trojans. On court one, USC’s #45 Logan Smith was entrenched in a tighter second set, staying on serve against George Cooper until pulling off one final break to get USC ahead 6-0 on Smith’s 6-0, 6-4 victory. Moments later, Jens Sweaney wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Dylan Karchere-Sun on court six to close things down on a 7-0 sweep by the Trojans over visiting Lehigh.

    After a break, USC got right back to business with a follow-up match against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders struck first in this one, though, getting hot out of the gates as #33 Curry/Thomson ripped through to a 6-0 win over USC’s #19 freshman tandem of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith on court one. USC responded with a 6-1 win on court two from Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven over Texas Tech’s Cailleau/DiLaura, leaving a tight match raging on court three to decide the opening point. There, The Red Raiders’ Cobb/Sendegeya would fight out of a 4-1 hole against USC’s Rob Bellamy and Jack Jaede, only to see the Trojans dig in an close out a 7-5 win that made it 1-0 Trojans on the scoreboard.

    In singles, freshman Riley Smith made up ground with a speedy 6-1, 6-2 victory on court six over Jackson Cobb to lift the Trojans to a 2-0 advantage. Soon after, Thibault Forget ripped through to a smooth 6-0, 6-1 win over Pyry Hyrkkönen on court five, and USC was within striking distance with a 3-0 lead. The Red Raiders would notch their first point with a 6-2, 6-2 win from Bjorn Thomson on court two to make it 3-1. Soon after, Texas Tech would close the gap to 3-2 when Connor Curry notched a 6-0, 7-5 win over Nick Crystal. At the No. 4 spot, Jack Jaede sidestepped the threat of a third set and delivered the winning blow for the Trojans with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win, gutting out a tough tiebreaker to secure the clincher for USC. That left a three-setter still raging on court one, where #19 Brandon Holt was working to fend off Texas Tech’s #63 Jolan Cailleau. Cailleau would get some room to work with in the third set and finished off his comeback effort with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Holt to wrap the match as a 4-3 decision in USC’s favor.

    The Trojans now head to Indian Wells to engage in action at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge. USC’s opening matchup is against #32 South Florida on Friday (March 17). From there, USC will line up against either #9 Oklahoma or #45 Tulsa on Saturday (March 18). All teams will have a match on Sunday (March 19), highlighted by the championship bout at 10 a.m.

    #7 USC 7, Lehigh 0
    March 14, 2017 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    DOUBLES
    (1) #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. Cooper/Lehman (LU) - 6-2
    (2) Bellamy/Jaede (USC) vs. Martin-Dyer/Petersen (LU) - 5-2 susp.
    (3) Crystal/Laser (USC) def. Bogard/Nardella (LU) - 6-3
    Order of finish: 3, 1
    USC wins doubles point.
    SINGLES
    (1) #45 Logan Smith (USC) def. George Cooper (LU) - 6-0, 6-4
    (2) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jack Petersen (LU) - 6-1, 6-2
    (3) Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jack Martin-Dyer (LU) - 6-0, 6-0
    (4) Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Colin Nardella (LU) - 6-0, 6-1*
    (5) Henry Ji (USC) def. Ethan Bogard (LU) - 6-0, 6-0
    (6) Jens Sweaney (USC) def. Dylan Karchere-Sun (LU) - 6-2, 6-4
    Order of finish: 5, 3, 4*, 2, 1, 6

    #7 USC 4, Texas Tech 3
    March 14, 2017 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    DOUBLES
    (1) #33 Curry/Thomson (TT) def. #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) - 6-0
    (2) Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Cailleau/DiLaura (TT) - 6-1
    (3) Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Cobb/Sendegeya (TT) - 7-5
    Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
    USC wins doubles point.
    SINGLES
    (1) #63 Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. #16 Brandon Holt (USC) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
    (2) Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. #45 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
    (3) Connor Curry (TT) def. Nick Crystal (USC) - 6-0, 7-5 
    (4) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT) - 6-2, 7-6 (5)*
    (5) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Pyry Hyrkkönen (TT) - 6-0, 6-1
    (6) Riley Smith (USC) def. Jackson Cobb (TT) - 6-1, 6-2
    Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 3, 4*, 1