USC Men’s Tennis No. 11 takes on Portland in Seattle on Tuesday
Men’s Tennis | February 14, 2022
USC’s No. 11 men’s tennis team is on its way to Seattle this week. The Trojans (5-1) are first lined up for a Tuesday (February 15) matchup against Portland (0-3) at 4 p.m., with that game taking place at the Sand Point Tennis Center. From there, USC will turn its attention to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, hosted by Washington at Nordstrom Tennis Center Feb. 18-21. The draw for the event has not yet been released.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Trojans opened 2022 ranked No.9 in the country – an upgrade from the No.10 spot they finished in 2021. From the latest set of ITA national team rankings (published on February 9), USC moved from No. 8 in the nation to No. 11. Individual preseason rankings were also released on February 9, with three Trojans ranked in singles. Junior Stefan Dostanic hasa improved its top-10 ranking to 4th in the nation this week, followed by 46th Pierre Makk and #59 Lodewijk Weststrate. In doubles, USC has Dostanic and Frye looming as third in the nation more than ever, while Dostanic and Samuel Rubell sit at #23.
USC’s last competition saw the Trojans split on the road, losing 4-1 at Stanford and beating Cal 4-2 in non-conference matchups. Against the Cardinal, USC took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three, with Trojans No. 10 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frie posting a 6-3 first-place win over Stanford’s No.8 Fery/Rotsaert for the first boost of the day. Coming up with the point-clincher was Ryan Colby and Pierre Makk with a 6-3 win from the No. 3 spot over Sah/Sridhar, and USC was playing singles with a 1-0 lead on the board. Stanford would then steal the momentum, winning four straight singles wins to storm out and take the win. Axel Geller knocked down USC’s number 70 Bradley Frie on court three to draw things even at 1-1, then Aryan Chaudhary moved past No. 40 Lodewijk Weststrate in the No. 5 spot to take the lead from the Cardinal. On court four, Max Basing dealt #35 Pierre Makk his first double-game loss to advance Stanford 3-1. That left two three-setters in the front spots and a tight one on court six, where Sanjeet Sridhar edged out Ryan Colby 7-5, 7-5 to secure the victory for Stanford and return the action to courts one and two. The following day at Berkeley, USC lost the doubles point for the first time this season, but quickly regrouped and clinched a straight-set singles winning streak to move into winning position. Cal picked up the doubles point with a 6-2 scoreline in the top spots. USC Paul Baretto and Ryder Jackson stumbled on court two at Cal’s Hill/Magnaudet. And on court one, USC number 10 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frie suffered its first two-game loss of the year with a 6-2 loss at the hands of Bears No. 15 Kikuchi/Overbeck. USC would regroup in singles, taking the lead after first year Ryan Colby provided a spark with the short six equalizer. Colby beat Cal’s Lucas Magnaudet 6-3, 6-2 to make it 1-1, then fellow freshman #35 Pierre Makk pushed USC into the lead with a smooth 6-3, 6-0 victory over Carl Emil Overbeck in fourth place. Then another newcomer from Troy came with a W, like Wojtek Marek built a 3-1 lead for his Trojans in a 6-2, 6-1 win over Phillip Hjorth on court two. That left a trio of close battles, and Cal won the first of those with Sean Hill leading USC’s No. 70. Bradley Frie 7-6 (4), 7-5 on court three. With a stretched 3-2 Trojan lead on the board, USC saw the second No. 40 Lodewijk Weststrate clean things up with his decisive 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on court five against Cal’s Derrick Chen. That secured the Trojans’ 4-2 win and halted action on the first court with a three-set battle between USC’s No. 6 Dostanic and Cal’s Yuta Kikuchi.
ANOTHER ITA ADVENTURE TO COME
USC picked up another solid victory at Marks Stadium, defeating No. 24 Harvard in the ITA Kickoff Weekend Championship Fight last month. USC will now make its 14th consecutive trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, to be held later this week in Seattle. ITA Launch Weekend, USC’s Best Doubles Guns – #10 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frie — lived up to his bill by knocking out Harvard’s No. 11 Shi/Milavsky on the first court with a 6-3 decision. Ryder Jackson and Wojtek Marek earned the doubles point for USC with a 6-4 win on court two. The Trojans quickly won the first sets on five singles courts. USC Freshman Ryan Colby laser-focused on a big win in his opener against the Crimsons, blasting his way to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ronan Jachuck on court five to put the Trojans up 2-0. At slot no. 6, Ryder Jackson picked up a fluid 6-2, 6-2 win over Steven Sun to extend the lead. With all eyes on the clincher, #35 Pierre Makk stepped up, ignoring his second loss to No. 86 Daniel Milavsy to pin a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 decision that sealed the deal on USC’s victory over the Crimson with a score of 4-0 on the board. This suspended matches on courts one, two and three, where #6 Stefan Dostanic#70 Bradley Frie and Wojtek Marek were in close third sets with their respective foes Harvard.
STEF’S SUCCESS IN SHERWOOD
USC may have had its last day of action at the Sherwood Cup, but junior Trojan Stefan Dostanic again emerged with top honors at the event. After picking up two solid singles wins in USC’s double-day competition Sunday, Jan. 16, No. 6-ranked Dostanic was named the singles champion. In USC’s morning clash against Stanford players, Dostanic beat Cardinal’s Alexandre Rotsaert 7-6(3), 6-3. Later that night in Trojans catch-up action against Texas A&M players, Dostanic earned himself a winning day by knocking out #115 Noah Schachter 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10 -2). After this first round of spring competition, Dostanic holds an overall record of 20-4 in this 2021-22 campaign.
USC’s highest-earning player to date is a newcomer Stefan Dostanic, who has won 23 singles matches in his junior campaign so far. Three Trojans now join him with double-digit wins on the singles side, with seniors Bradley Frie holding 12 to his name. First-year student Pierre Makk is next with 11, and second Lodewijk Weststrate Now weighs 10. In doubles, No. 3 Dostanic/Frye have played the most matches together and won the most wins with their 11-3 record together to date.
In Brett MasiFor the second season at the helm of the USC program, the Trojans posted a 23-7 overall record and won the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Championship along the way. No fall competitions were held due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the action finally began in January 2021. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the country entering 2021 – a wink. look at the 2020 ITA National Team Indoor Championship that the Trojans won before the pandemic. stopped competing that year. After a run to the 2021 NCAA Quarterfinals, where USC fell in a tough 4-3 decision to Texas, the Trojans finished the season ranked 10th in the nation. Seniors Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith both earned ITA All-American status for both singles and doubles, having made it to the NCAA doubles quarterfinals and finished 6th in the nation. In singles, Cukierman reached the NCAA Round of 16 in singles and finished his USC career ranked 24th nationally. Smith, meanwhile, reached the NCAA Singles Round of 32 and ranked No. 53. Stefan Dostanic finished 98th in the final national rankings in singles and 88th in doubles alongside Bradley Frie. •