Men’s Tennis | April 12, 2022
Nr. 15 USC has its last two games of the regular season this week, starting with a midweek showdown at Marks Stadium. On Wednesday (April 13), the Trojans (16-5, 6-1 Pac-12) host No. 20 San Diego (17-2) at 6 p.m. 17.00. Prior to that match, USC will hold a Senior Day ceremony to honor its three departing Trojan horses – Paul Barretto, Mor Bulis and Jake Sands. USC then ends the conference game with a road trip to Utah, where the Trojans take on Utes (19-5, 3-3) at. 15 MT Friday (April 15) in Salt Lake City.
ON THE RANGELING
The Trojans opened in 2022 ranked No. 9 in the nation – an upgrade from the No. 10 spot it finished in 2021. From the latest set of ITA National Team Rankings (released April 6), USC ranks No. 15 in the ground. Individual rankings were also released on April 6, with three Trojan horses currently ranked in singles. Junior Stefan Dostanic has set a new career best, and now ranks high at # 2 in the nation. He’s joined by # 52 Peter Makk and # 116 Lodewijk Weststrate on the list. In doubles, USC Dostanic and Frye now stand as # 6 in the country.
Toreros No. 20 has collected 17-2 after beating San Francisco 4-0 and Santa Clara 4-1 last week. USD has two players ranked in singles: # 7 Austin Holmgren and # 119 Gui Osorio. In doubles, USD # 13 has Holmgren / Osorio on the rankings. In a series dating back to 1975, USC is consistently 40-3 against Toreros after a 5-2 win when the teams met last season in La Jolla.
No. 32 Utes are 19-5 overall and 3-3 in Pac-12 play after losing 4-0 to Arizona and beating ASU 4-2 last week. Utah has # 93 Geronimo Busleiman ranked in singles. In doubles, Utah # 15 has Busleiman / Capalbo on the rankings. In a series dating back to 1962, USC consistently holds 35-1 against Utes after a 7-0 victory when the teams last met last season at Marks Stadium.
USC captured its fifth straight win over rival UCLA with a comeback effort to beat the Bruins 4-2 last weekend in Westwood. After UCLA took a 2-0 lead, the Trojans got four single wins in straight sets to get the away win. In their first matches in Bruin territory, freshmen Peter Makk and Ryan Colby made itself at home by beating the last two singles victories today to the Trojans. UCLA defeated USC in double action with a tiebreaker on lane 1. The Bruins conceded a 6-3 victory on lane two over Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate for an early leg up, just to have USCs Ryder Jackson and Samuel Rubell guy back with a 6-4 win on lane three. That put the pressure on track one, where UCLA’s Hoogmartens / Pereira had pulled even with USC’s # 6 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye. The Bruin duo would push through in the tiebreak and beat a 1-0 lead on the board to the hosts with the 7-6 (4) decision. UCLA’s double-point victory interrupted a 10-game series of such victories by the Trojans this season. The Bruins would move ahead 2-0 with Bryce Pereira’s victory Samuel Rubell on lane six, but the Trojans were not deterred. On Lane 1, # 2 Stefan Dostanic found some revenge with a 7-5, 6-1 win over # 23 Alexander Hoogmartens to get a point on the board for USC. In No. 5 place, # 116 Lodewijk Weststrate found a icing on the cake against Eric Hahn for a 6-2, 6-4 victory that narrowed things up to 2-2. Bringing his Trojan horses to the forefront was # 52 Peter Makk, who regrouped and took Giacomo Revelli 6-3, 7-5 to make it 3-2 USC. It went Bradley Frye in a third set on lane two while Ryan Colby fixed his eyes on a clincher at the No. 4 slot. The freshman closed out UCLA’s Karl Lee with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory that sealed the comeback rivalry to USC at 4-2 and suspended action on lane two.
BY THE NUMBERS
USC’s most winning player to date remains junior Stefan Dostanic, who has won 33 singles victories while running a winning streak of 15 matches. Five other Trojan horses now join him with double-digit victories on the singles side, with freshman Peter Makk with 20 wins, senior Bradley Fryefirst-year students Ryan Colby and other students Lodewijk Weststrate with 16 each, and junior Ryder Jackson with 11. In doubles, Dostanic / Frye have played the most matches together and can boast the most victories with their 19-9 record together to date.
THIS IS 30
After being undefeated in singles and doubles across three doubles, junior Stefan Dostanic scored his 30th singles victory and secured his second career selection as Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Couple with partner Bradley Frye at No. 1 position in doubles, Dostanic totaled two decisive wins and a tiebreaker victory to a 3-0 effort in doubles. And on the court one in singles, now-No. 6 ranked players in the nation beat two ranked opponents in straight sets and also claimed a three-set comeback victory to extend his singles winning streak to 12 in a row. Dostanic became the second Trojan to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week of the Week this season, joining freshman Peter Makks choose on February 22nd. Dostanic’s first such honors came last season.
MAKE ON THE ATTACK
USC freshman Peter Makk won three singles matches for Trojan horses in Seattle last week and secured himself as USC’s first winner of a Pac-12 Player of the Week this year with his selection on February 22nd. Makks work helped the Trojans No. 11 to three wins in four games, including 4-1 decisions over No. 15 Mississippi and No. 8 Stanford at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Makk opened the week with the big win against Portland. His singles match against No. 10, Kentucky in the opening round of ITA Indoors, was suspended, but he would return with wins in straight sets in USC’s next two matches against the Rebels and Cardinal. In the rematch with Stanford, Makk avenged his only dual-match loss of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 49 Max Basing on lane four. Now ranked No. 52 in the nation in singles, Makk boasts the second most singles victories on the team to date with his 20-11 mark.
REVENGE IN SEATTLE
USC avenged an earlier loss to Stanford by turning the shot at the No. 8 Cardinal in Seattle for a 4-1 comeback victory in consolation games at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. In doing so, USC avenged an earlier loss taken to the Cardinal of the Palo Alto. To get this one, USC steamed its way through singles play, returning from losing the double point with a series of straight-set singles victories. Lodewijk Weststrate registered clincher in this to help USC to an overall record of 8-2 with its second win at the ITA event in Seattle. Stanford got the double point with 6-3 decisions on lanes one and three to get the early leg up in this one. USC responded by taking the first sets on five courses in singles. The Trojans would keep their legs on the gas, triggered first by # 46 Peter Makks 6-1, 6-4 victory over Stanfords # 46 Max Basing on lane four to snag things up to 1-1. Senior Bradley Frye came through as the next with his own quick 6-1, 6-4 victory over # 74 Axel Geller in No. 3 spot. Pulling Trojan horses in place was freshman Ryan Colby on lane six, where his 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tomas Kopczynski made it 3-1 USC. Two Trojan horses pressed on, and that would be it Lodewijk Weststrate who hit the finish line first with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over # 108 Aryan Chaudhary on lane five. It gave USC the victory and suspended a top-4 match on Lane 1, with USC’s # 4 Stefan Dostanic led Stanford’s # 1 Arthur Fery 7-5, 5-2 as the action stalled.
STEF’S SHERWOOD SUCCESS
USC may have washed out its last day in the Sherwood Cup, but Trojan junior Stefan Dostanic still emerged with top honors at the event. After achieving two strong singles victories in USC’s double competition day on Sunday (January 16), the No. 6 ranked Dostanic was named Singles Champion. In USC’s morning games against Stanford players, Dostanic topped Cardinal Alexandre Rotsaert 7-6 (3), 6-3. Later in the evening, in the Trojans makeup action against players from Texas A&M, Dostanic made it a winning day for himself as he beat # 115 Noah Schachter 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2). After the first round of the spring competition, Dostanic boasted an overall record of 20-4 in this 2021-22 campaign.
IN Brett MasiIn its second season at the helm of the USC program, the Trojans broke an overall record of 23-7 and claimed the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Championship along the way. No fall competition was held due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the campaign finally got underway in January 2021. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the nation that entered 2021 – a nod to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in 2020 , which the Trojans had won before the pandemic brought the competition to an end that year. After a race to the 2021 NCAA quarterfinals, where USC fell in a difficult 4-3 decision to Texas, the Trojans finished the season as No. 10 in the country. Seniors Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith both achieved ITA All-American status for singles and doubles, after making it to the NCAA Doubles quarterfinals and finishing No. 6 in the nation. In singles, Cukierman reached the NCAA Singles Round of 16 and ended his USC career as No. 24 in the nation. Smith, meanwhile, reached the NCAA Singles Round of 32 and finished as No. 53. Sophomore Stefan Dostanic finished as No. 98 in the final national singles placement and became No. 88 in doubles along with Bradley Frye. •