No. 8 USC Men Rebound With 4-3 Win At Oregon

    Jake DeVine's heroic comeback was the clincher for the Trojans at Oregon.
    March 27, 2016

    EUGENE, ORE. — The No. 8 USC men’s tennis team dug deep and pulled out a 4-3 comeback win over No. 26 host Oregon today in Eugene, pinning up the Trojans first Pac-12 win of the season. Freshman Jake DeVine was the hero of the day in pulling of the clincher on a tense three-set victory that notched that all-important conference win in the books for the Trojans. USC improves to 11-4 overall and goes to 1-1 in Pac-12 play with today’s win. 

    The Ducks snagged the doubles point with wins on courts two and three to give Oregon a leg up in the match. That put pressure on the Trojans to regroup in singles play, and #25 senior Max de Vroome set the tone by equalizing things on his 6-2, 6-1 win over Thomas Laurent on court two. Oregon fired back, however. At the No. 4 spot, Jayson Amos replicated de Vroome’s score with a 6-2, 6-1 upset of USC’s #58 freshman Logan Smith to put the Ducks back ahead with a 2-1 advantage. The tug-of-war would continue. On court one, USC’s #55 Nick Crystal whipped up a smooth 6-1, 6-1 win over Oregon’s #94 Daan Maasland to snarl it up again. USC would take its first lead of the day when freshman Jack Jaede manufactured a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ethan Young-Smith on court six, tugging the Trojans to a 3-2 lead to get his team in position for victory. At the No. 5 spot, though, Oregon was able to squeak out a win to level it at 3-3. Oregon’s Cormac Clissold was able to hand out a rare loss to USC sophomore Thibault Forget, who was edged out in two tiebreakers to fall 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) on court five. 

    That left #109 Jake DeVine’s match as the decider. His battle with Simon Stevens was the only three-setter of the day, thanks to DeVine’s gutsy effort in the second set to breathe new life into the Trojans’ hopes. Stevens had snagged the first set in a tight tiebreaker before DeVine forced the issue by taking the second. In the third, DeVine held his ground and finished off the win for the Trojans with his 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4 victory that made it a 4-3 USC win.

    The Trojans now finally return home to Marks Stadium after a month on the road. USC will host California in a 3 p.m. matchup on Friday (April 1) before taking on Stanford at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 2).

    #8 USC 4, #26 Oregon 3
    March 27, 2016 - Eugene, Ore.
    (1) #20 Amos/Soemarno (Oregon) vs. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-5 susp.
    (2) Maasland/Stevens (Oregon) def. de Vroome/DeVine (USC) - 6-4
    (3) Clissold/Laurent (Oregon) def. Smith/Jaede (USC) - 6-4
    Order of Finish: 2, 3
    (1) #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #94 Daan Maasland (Oregon) - 6-1, 6-1
    (2) #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-1
    (3) #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Simon Stevens (Oregon) - 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4
    (4) Jayson Amos (Oregon) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
    (5) Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Thibault Forget (USC) -  7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
    (6) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-4
    Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 6, 5, 3