No. 9 USC Men Surge To 6-1 Win Over Stanford

    Thibault Forget delivered the clincher in a comeback effort from court five.
    April 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The No. 9 USC men’s tennis team shrugged off a doubles deficit and forged a path to another Pac-12 victory today, surging out of reach of visiting No. 36 Stanford at Marks Stadium. The Trojans pieced together a singles sweep to lock in on a final 6-1 win with the clincher coming from Thibault Forget’s comeback on court five. USC improves to 13-4 overall and to 3-1 in Pac-12 play with the win. 

    Doubles action went the way of the Cardinal as Stanford snagged wins on courts three and one to take the first step forward in the match. The Trojans would regroup in singles, however. The momentum shift began when #109 freshman Jake DeVine ripped off a solid 6-1, 6-2 win over #101 Sameer Kumar on court four to snarl up the match at 1-1. On court one, USC’s #25 senior Max de Vroome stood his ground against Stanford’s #3 Tom Fawcett to nudge the Trojans into the lead, up 2-1 on de Vroome’s 6-3, 7-5 victory. 

    In a heated battle on court five, USC freshman Jack Jaede fended off #110 Maciek Romanowicz. In a second-set tiebreaker, Jaede found himself in an early 0-4 hole against his Cardinal foe. But the freshman fought back to tie it up and take a 5-4 lead. He’d steal away Romanowicz’ set point at 6-7 and when he had match point within his reach he finished things off for a 6-4, 7-6 (7) decision that took the Trojans to a 3-1 advantage. The remaining matches were slogging away in three sets, with two Trojans needing to make up for lost first sets. At the No. 5 spot, Thibault Forget successfully turned the tide. After stumbling in the first set, he’d deliver a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 comeback clincher in beating Nolan Paige, and USC had the win in-hand with a 4-1 lead. 

    The match would play on, and freshman Logan Smith had gotten his feet back under him after a slump in the second set. The #58 Smith would punch up a 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 win over Michael Genender on court three, and USC was gripping a 5-1 lead with one match still to wrap. An all-out battle on court two say USC’s #55 Nick Crystal entrenched in another tight set against #56 David Wilczynski. Crystal had clawed back from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to breathe new life into his match, taking the second to force the deciding third. Down 4-5 in the third, Crystal would fight off match point and stretch the match further. Crystal put his cramping legs out of his mind and forged a path to victory with two holds and a break to take the win from Wilczynski with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 victory.

    USC now turns to take a Pac-12 road trip out of state next week. The Trojans will visit Utah for a 4 p.m. MT matchup in Salt Lake City on April 8 before heading to Tempe to take on Arizona at 1 p.m. on April 10.

    #9 USC 6, #36 Stanford 1
    April 2, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-4
    (2) de Vroome/Jaede (USC) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 6-6 susp.
    (3) Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. DeVine/Forget (USC) - 6-3 
    Stanford wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1
    (1) #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) - 6-3, 7-5
    (2) #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #56 David Wilczinski (STAN) - 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
    (3) #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. Michael Genender (STAN) - 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
    (4) #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) - 6-1, 6-2
    (5) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3*
    (6) Jack Jaede (USC) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) - 6-4, 7-6 (7)
    Order of finish: 4, 1, 6, 5*, 3, 2