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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#6 seed USC 4, #17-32 seed Oklahoma State 2
Friday, May 16, 2008
1.#2 Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof (S) vs. #18 Nathan Byrnes/Oleksandr Nedovyesov (O), DNF
2.Abdullah Magdas/Gary Sacks (S) def. Dmytro Petrov/Ivan Puchkarov (O), 8-3
3.Andrew Piotrowski/Jaak Poldma (S) def. Anton Bobytskyi/Igor Sobolta (O), 8-4
1.#3 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (O) def. #6 Robert Farah (S), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
2.#29 Kaes Van't Hof (S) def. #71 Ivan Puchkarov (O), 6-4, 6-1
3.#54 Jaak Poldma (S) vs. Dmytro Petrov (O), DNF
4.Nathan Byrnes (O) def. #72 Gary Sacks (S), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5.Abdullah Magdas (S) def. Anton Bobytskyi (O), 6-1, 6-0
6.Andrew Piotrowski (S) def. Igor Sobolta (O), 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3
Order of Finish: Doubles - 2, 3; Singles - 2, 5, 1, 4, 6

Southern California improved its season record to 22-5 . . . the Trojans have now won 12 of its last 14 matches, as both losses have come against Sunday's quarterfinal opponent and crosstown rival UCLA . . . USC improved to 4-0 in the series against Oklahoma State . . . USC will be making its second straight quarterfinal appearance after a two-year drought . . . OSU completed the season with an 18-10 record.


USC Head Coach Peter Smith
On being in matches like this ...
"Well we won five first-sets, so I think the guys on the court thought it was just a matter of time. Give a lot of credit to them, they fought, fought, fought, and got back in it. They won three second-sets, two at No. 3 and No. 4, so at that point it is a match. I'm telling my guys ‘you have to finish it off'. Oklahoma State really, really fought well."

USC Player Kaes Van't Hof
On being in matches like this ...
"Well, its weird in college tennis how anything can happen and how momentum can swing. We went out there feeling good after doubles, with two big wins at No. 2 and No. 3, which are now becoming are better doubles teams. We got two quick points on the board, but after that they knew what they had to do to finish off the match. Its kind of hard when momentum shifts, and you can tell when momentum shifts in college tennis, and you just have to go with the ebb'n'flow of what's going on out there."

USC Player Andrew Piotrowski
Talk about clinching the match ...
"I pulled out the first-set, which was pretty tight. I think I won seven straight points in the tiebreaker to win the first-set. It was a really close second-set and he managed to pull out the second. I just kept my focus on my court the whole third-set and just realized what I had to do to win that set. In the break your focus just shifts to holding serve and playing the right shots and playing the smart shots. It's definitely exciting, I got to clinch it against Cal in the last round and then to clinch it here, in this kind of situation was probably even more exciting."

Oklahoma State Head Coach James Wadley
Your thoughts on the match...
"We didn't start out very well. In doubles, they beat us pretty soundly at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Our no. 2 doubles team played really well against the No. 2 ranked team in the country. It was 6 all when it stopped. We weren't very sharp at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. But I was really proud of the way our guys fought. USC is a tremendous team and that's why they're seeded sixth in the tournament. I thought our guys fought really hard. I was happy that (Oleksandr) Nedovyesov was able to win against a really quality player. The left-hander, Ivan's, (Puchkarov) serve is just too big and he played too well for us at 2. At three, we were in the third set, at four Nathan (Byrnes) was able to come back and win; at five we got kind of hammered there. We got beat pretty soundly at five; and, I was proud of (Igor) Sobolta at six. He was up 3-0 in the tie-breaker in the first set, and just couldn't hang on but came back and won the second set and forced it to a final set. I was proud of our effort. You'd like to have a different outcome, but the better team won today. I feel like USC is really good, and they played a little better than us."

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