May 14, 2010

*Courtesy of USC Athletics


LOS ANGELES - No. 5 USC, the defending NCAA champion, began its bid for a repeat title by defeating Marist, 4-0, in an NCAA Championships Men's Tennis first-round match at USC's Marks Stadium on Friday (May 14).

The Trojans improved to 20-3 while the Red Foxes, the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, finished the season at 14-6. USC is making its fourth straight NCAA trip and its 32nd overall. The Trojans have 17 NCAA titles to their credit,

USC will host No. 28 Fresno State at 1 p.m. on Saturday (May 15) in an NCAA second round match. The Bulldogs were a 4-2 winner over BYU earlier in the day. Troy leads the Bulldogs in the schools' all-time series, 17-4, including a 4-0 win earlier this season. The winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex from May 21-25.

USC won the doubles point over Marist, 2-0. Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, the second-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, glided past Marist's Landon Greene and Joris Van Eck, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles. The Red Foxes extended the Trojans at both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles before USC's Daniel Nguyen and JT Sundling downed Marist's Christian Coley and Matt Himmelsbach, 8-6, at No. 2.

Trojan sophomore Matt Kecki registered USC's first singles win at No. 4, defeating Marist's Joris Van Eck, 6-1, 6-2. USC senior Robert Farrah, ranked No. 9, followed that with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Christian Coley at No. 1 and sophomore Steve Johnson, ranked No. 3, clinched the team win with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Loic Sessagesimi at No. 2.