No. 8 USC Men Wind Up With 4-3 Loss At Washington

    Nick Crystal snagged doubles and singles wins in Seattle.
    March 25, 2016

    SEATTLE, WASH. — The No. 8 USC men’s tennis team stumbled in Seattle tonight in taking a 4-3 loss at the hands of No. 39 Washington. After losing the doubles point, USC had sophomore Thibault Forget pin up his 11th straight singles  win to snarl the match at 1-1, but the Huskies hit a hot streak and secured the next three wins to clinch victory for the hosts. USC goes to 10-4 overall with the loss while opening Pac-12 play with an 0-1 mark.

    USC’s #38 doubles duo of Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven were the only Trojan pair to snag a win in the first stage of the match, beating Washington’s Foley/Watanabe 7-5 on court one. USC would come up short on courts two and three, however, as the Huskies emerged with the early advantage with a 1-0 lead to bring up singles action.

    A streaking sophomore Thibault Forget stayed on point on court five and served up his 11th consecutive singles win with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Washington’s Sebastian Hawken to tangle things at 1-1 and give the Trojans a boost. The Huskies had an answer, however. Washington’s Cal Hakak had a 6-3, 6-4 win over USC’s #58 sophomore Logan Smith lying in wait to take the Huskies back ahead 2-1. Next, Jake Douglas notched a 3-1 lead with his 7-5, 6-3 win over another USC freshman, #109 Jake DeVine on court three. That heaped pressure on the Trojans as the remaining matches extended into third sets. Before USC could fire back, the decider came on court six, where Washington’s Piers Foley managed a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 comeback win over USC freshman Laurens Verboven to secure victory for the Huskies with a 4-1 lead. The Trojans would pull off the remaining matches in three-setters, but it was too late for a USC winning maneuver. At the No. 1 spot, USC’s #55 junior Nick Crystal manufactured a comeback win over #84 Mitch Stewart with a  1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win to bring the score to 4-2, and then #25 Max de Vroome handed out another comeback effort with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Enzo Sommer on court two to wrap the day’s action as a 4-3 score in the Huskies’ favor.

    USC now heads to Eugene to take on Oregon in another Pac-12 clash at 12 p.m. on Sunday (March 27).

    #39 Washington 4 #8 USC 3
    March 25, 2016 - Seattle, Wash.
    (1) #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Foley/Watanabe (UW) - 7-5
    (2) Lam/Sommer (UW) def. DeVine/de Vroome (USC) - 6-4
    (3) Douglas/Hakak (UW) def. Jaede/Smith (USC) - 6-4
    Washington wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
    (1) #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #84 Mitch Stewart (UW) - 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
    (2) #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Enzo Sommer - 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
    (3) Jake Douglas (UW) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) - 7-5, 6-3
    (4) Gal Hakak (UW) def. #58 Logan Smith - 6-3, 6-4
    (5) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Sebastian Hawken (UW) - 6-2, 6-1
    (6) Piers Foley (UW) def. Laurens Verboven (USC) - 2-6, 6-4, 6-0*
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 6*, 1, 2