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
#30 Wisconsin 4, #47 San Diego 1