No. 5 USC Men Bounce Back With 4-0 Win Over No. 12 Cal|
April 8, 2017
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- The No. 5 USC men's tennis team rebounded from a rough start to its Bay Area road trip by serving up a strong 4-0 win over No. 12 California today in Berkeley. The Trojans had stumbled to a Pac-12 loss in yesterday matchup at Stanford, but dug in their heels to get back in winning gear on a solid effort against the Golden Bears. USC gets its 20th win of the year with today's victory, improving to 20-4 overall and now 3-1 in Pac-12 play.
"We showed up as two completely different teams the last two days, USC head coach Peter Smith said. "We enjoyed everything so much today and really treated it like a fun opportunity to compete for each other. Jack Jaede was the hero. He lost nine games in a row, was down 6-3, 4-0 and then won 12 games in a row."
USC claimed another tight doubles point, but kept its focus afterward. Rob Bellamy and Jack Jaede came through with the opening win once again, cleaning up on court three with a 6-4 victory over Hoffman/Nishimura before Cal made things interesting with a 6-4 win on court two from #65 Goransson/Griffith over USC's Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven. The pressure was on court one to get it done this time, and USC's #11 freshman duo
of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith came through with a 7-5 upset of Cal's #2 Bergevi/Lakat to chalk up the opening point for the Trojans.
In singles, USC needed to redeem itself after yesterday's struggles at Stanford. Righting the ship on court five was USC junior Thibault Forget, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bjorn Hoffman to get USC a little breathing room, up 2-0. Next, USC's #65 Logan Smith also got back his winning edge in finishing off a 6-2, 7-5 win over Cal's #85 Billy Griffith on court three. As tight matches raged on the remaining courts, that when USC's Jack Jaede clicked into gear. The sophomore was in a serious hole, having lost the first set 6-4 and trailing 4-0 in the second before changing course entirely. Jaede rattled off the last 12 games of the match to win it and clinch it with his 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 comeback victory over Filip Bergevi on court four, and USC had the 4-0 victory in hand.
USC now returns home to Marks Stadium to continue its Pac-12 push. The Trojans have televised tilt against Arizona at 2:30 p.m. on Friday (April 14) before hosting Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 15).
#5 USC 4, #12 California 0
April 8, 2017 | Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) #11 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. #2 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) - 7-5
(2) #65 Goransson/Griffith (CAL) def. Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-4
(3) Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Hoffman/Nishimura (CAL) - 6-4
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
(1) #19 Brandon Holt (USC) vs. #14 Florian Lakat (CAL) - 6-7 (5), 4-4 susp.
(2) #109 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. #45 Andre Goransson (CAL) - 5-7, 6-6 susp.
(3) #65 Logan Smith (USC) def. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL) - 6-2, 7-5
(4) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL) - 3-6, 6-4, 6-0*
(5) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Bjorn Hoffman (CAL) - 6-3, 6-3
(6) Riley Smith (USC) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) - 6-7 (4), 3-5 susp.
Order of finish: 5, 3, 4*