March 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The sixth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team was upset by No. 9 USC on Friday afternoon at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC.
A hard-fought doubles point gave way to a series of tight sets in singles, with big wins coming from USC's Dejan Cvetkovic in an upset win over 2006 NCAA Singles champ Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Kaes Van't Hof's match-clinching, three-set victory over Chris Surapol. The No. 6 Trojans improve to 11-0 on the year with the win, while the No. 6 Bruins move to 9-3 overall.
The doubles point was a ferocious battle. After USC's Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof got the upper hand for the Trojans with an 8-4 win over Abid/Dehaine at the No. 2 position, UCLA tied things up as #7 Kohlloeffel/Gruendler topped USC's #36 Jamil Al-Agba / Dejan Cvetkovic 8-6 for the Trojan pair's first loss of the year. With the doubles point in the balance, freshman Gary Sacks and senior Garrett Snyder combined forces for the first time this season in doubles at the No. 3 spot. After UCLA held serve to make it 7-6 USC, Sacks went to the service line and delivered three aces to help the Trojans claim the doubles point with an 8-6 win over UCLA's Drean/Surapol.
As the teams moved into singles play, Robert Farah kicked things off to a good start for the Trojans with a swift 6-0, 6-3 win over Philipp Gruendler at the No. 4 position for an early 2-0 USC lead. In a true test at the No. 1 position, #77 Dejan Cvetkovic took on the 2006 NCAA Singles champion out of UCLA, #3 Benjamin Koehlloeffel. Cvetkovic got out to a 6-4 start, and then pulled out the second set tiebreaker to post a big 6-4, 7-6 (2) upset win that got the Trojans ahead 3-0 in the match.
The Bruins tacked up what would prove to be their only point of the day when #48 Haythem Abid topped USC's #45 Jamil Al-Agba 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 2 singles slot. With the remaining three matches hanging in the balance with three-set battles, USC junior Kaes Van't Hof was the first to emerge victorious as he held on for one last break to best Chris Surapol 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in front of a supportive crowd on court three. Two Trojan freshmen were then left going strong in their respective third sets. Gary Sacks was the first of the pair to get the job done, pushing USC ahead 5-1 in the match with his 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 spot. USC's Jason McNaughton then overcame UCLA's #124 Mathieu Dehaine at the No. 5 position, finally avoiding a tiebreaker in the third set to post a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5 win that closed out USC's first win in four matches against the Bruins with a 6-1 final.
|1.||(7) Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (36) Al-Agba/Cvetkovic (USC)||8-6|
|2.||Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Abid/Dehaine (UCLA)||8-4|
|3.||Sacks/Garrett Snyder (USC) def. Jeremy Drean/Surapol (UCLA)||8-6|
|USC Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(77) Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def. (3) Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA)||6-4, 7-6(2)|
|2.||#48 Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. #45 Jamil Al-Agba (USC)||6-4, 7-5|
|3.||Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Chris Surapol (UCLA)||6-2, 4-6, 7-5|
|4.||Robert Farah (USC) def. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA)||6-0, 6-3|
|5.||Jason McNaughton (USC) def. (124) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA)||7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5|
|6.||Gary Sacks (USC) def. Michael Look (UCLA)||6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4|
|Singles Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 6, 5|