USC Men's Tennis Takes Down Denver in NCAA First Round

    May 12, 2017

    LOS ANGELES--The No. 4 USC men's tennis team opened NCAA Tournament play by defeating Denver 4-0 in the First Round on Friday (May 12) in Marks Stadium. The Trojans improve their season record to 26-5 overall with the victory in their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

    "Today was a great first step for us," said USC head coach Peter Smith who improved his career record to 608-222 with today's tournament win. "Denver competed hard and I was happy with our boys responding well. We will have to be ready for a very good Wisconsin team tomorrow. We are looking forward to the match!"

    USC opened up the afternoon of competition with a win from USC duo Bellamy/Jaede over Denver's Lovera/Ferandez 6-1 on court three. While courts one and two were locked in battle with their Pioneer opponents, the Trojan tandem of Crystal/Verboven pushed ahead to nab the doubles point with their 6-4 victory on court two. After the doubles point was secured, court one's match between USC's No. 14 Holt/R. Smith and Denver's James/Gasson was suspended.

    The Trojans began singles play on a high note with a 1-0 lead. USC's Riley Smith carried over the positive Trojan momentum from doubles play into his singles match. He blasted through his match versus Denver's Sean Huynh finishing with a decisive 6-2, 6-3 score.

    Shortly thereafter, No. 19 freshman Brandon Holt followed suit on court one as he seized his match versus Pioneer opponent Yannik James 6-2, 6-4 to put another point on the board for the Trojans to increase their lead to 3-0. With this win, Holt improves his record to an impressive 34-8, the most singles wins on the team.

    While courts three, four and five were all close in score, USC's Thibault Forget made a push to forge a solid lead on court five. Forget defeated Denver's Pedro Fernandez 6-4, 6-1 to clinch the match for USC and to move the team forward to the next round of the tournament.



    Earlier in the day, No. 30 Wisconsin defeated No. 47 San Diego 4-1 after a battle in the First Round. The Badgers improve to 18-7 overall, and the Trojans are 2-0 all-time in their series against Wisconsin.

    USC will take on Wisconsin tomorrow (May 13) at 1 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at Marks Stadium.

    #4 USC 4, Denver 0
    May 12, 2017 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #14 Holt/R. Smith (USC) vs. James/Gasson (UD) - 5-4 susp.
    (2) Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Rocha/Ruder Hook (UD) - 6-4
    (3) Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Lovera/Fernandez (UD) - 6-1
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 2
    (1) #19 Brandon Holt (USC) def. Yannik James (UD) - 6-2, 6-4
    (2) Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Diogo Rocha (UD) - 7-6 (6), 1-2 susp.
    (3) #88 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Alex Grasson (UD) - 7-5, 5-2 susp.
    (4) Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Jesse Ruder Hook (UD) - 7-5, 4-4 susp.
    (5) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Pedro Fernandez (UD) - 6-4, 6-1*
    (6) Riley Smith (USC) def. Sean Huynh (UD) - 6-2, 6-3
    Order of finish: 6, 1, 5*

    #30 Wisconsin 4, #47 San Diego 1
    May 12, 2017 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) Vittek/Page (USD) vs. Carranza/Dodridge (UW) - 6-3
    (2) Colton/Remy (UW) def. Osorio/Gamerov (USD) - 6-2
    (3) O'Hoisin/Zordani (UW) def. Araouzos/Koevermans (USD) - 6-2
    Wisconsin wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
    (1) Lamar Remy (UW) def. Filip Vittek (USD) - 6-3, 6-1
    (2) Gui Osorio (USD) vs. Josef Dodridge (UW) - 6-2, 6-3
    (3) Chema Carranza (UW) vs. Guus Koevermans (USD) - 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 susp.
    (4) Osgar O'Hoisin (UW) vs. Josh Page (USD) - 6-0, 6-3
    (5) Chase Colton (UW) def. Joel Gamerov (USD) - 6-4, 4-4 susp.
    (6) Daniel Soyfer (UW) def. Alex Araouzos (USD) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-1*
    Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 6*