Feb. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC men's tennis team has started up a new win streak with a 6-1 victory over No. 15 Pepperdine on Friday afternoon in Malibu. The Trojans picked up the doubles point to start things before rolling out to victory on four consecutive straight-set singles wins to improve USC's overall record to 9-1 on the year.

With fresh national rankings under their belts, the Trojans took to the courts in Malibu with a determined push toward victory. USC doubles pair Steve Johnson / Daniel Nguyen punched in an 8-5 win at the No. 1 before newly crowned #30 pair Peter Lucassen / Jaak Poldma nabbed the doubles point for USC with an 8-4 win at the No. 3 slot over Fenselow/Turner. Farah/Sundling fell in a tight tiebreak at the No. 2 slot, but USC already had the doubles point in-hand as the teams turned to singles action.

Lucassen cleaned up first for USC, topping #115 Finn Tearney 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles position to make it a 2-0 USC edge. #27 Robert Farah blasted past #44 Bassam Beidas 6-2, 6-3 next to get USC a point away from victory, with USC's #1 Steve Johnson weighing in with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alex Llompart at No. 2 singles to clinch the match. #68 Jaak Poldma added another Trojan point with a 6-4, 6-1 win from his No. 3 slot next, and although Pepperdine notched a point with a third-set tiebreak win by Sebastian Fanselow over USC's #83 Daniel Nguyen 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 4, USC had the last word in its winning effort with Matt Kecki's 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6.

The USC men will next host San Diego State next week in a 1:30 p.m. match on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at Marks Stadium.

#5 USC 5, #15 Pepperdine 15
Feb. 19, 2010 - Malibu, Calif.

DOUBLES
(1) Johnson/Nguyen (USC) def. Beidas/Clarke (PEP) - 8-5
(2) Llompart/Tearney (PEP) def. Farah/Sundling (USC) - 9-8 (7)
(3) #30 Lucassen/Poldma (USC) def. Fanselow/Turner (PEP) - 8-4
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

SINGLES
(1) #27 Robert Farah (USC) def. #44 Bassam Beidas (PEP) - 6-2, 6-3
(2) #1 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Alex Llompart (PEP) - 6-1, 7-5*
(3) #68 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEP) - 6-4, 6-1
(4) Sebastian Fanswelow (PEP) def. #83 Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4)
(5) Peter Lucassen (USC) def. #115 Finn Tearney (PEP) - 6-1, 6-2
(6) Matt Kecki (USC) def. Daniel Moss (PEP) - 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2*, 3, 4, 6