Men’s Tennis | April 12, 2022
No. 15 USC has its final two regular-season matches on tap this week, beginning with a midweek clash at Marks Stadium. On Wednesday (April 13), The Trojans (16-5, 6-1 Pac-12) host No. 1. 20 San Diego (17-2) at 5 pm Prior to that match, USC will hold a Senior Day ceremony to honor its three departing Trojans – Paul Barretto, Mor Bulis and Jake Sands. USC then wraps up a road trip with conference play in Utah, where the Trojans take on the Utes (19-5, 3-3) at 3 pm MT on Friday (April 15) in Salt Lake City.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Trojans opened 2022 ranked No. 9 in The Nation – An Upgrade From The Number 10 spot it finished at 2021. As of the latest set of ITA National Team Rankings (released April 6), USC stands at No. 15 in the land. Individual rankings were also released on April 6, with three Trojans present in singles. Junior Stefan Dostanic has set a new career best, now standing at # 2 in the nation. He is joined by # 52 Peter Makk and # 116 Lodewijk Weststrate on the list. In doubles, USC has Dostanic and Frye now standing at # 6 in the land.
The No. 20 Toreros are 17-2 overall 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 has # 13 rankings in Holmgren / Osorio. In a series dating back to 1975, USC is 40-3 all-time against the Toreros after a 5-2 win over the teams last season in La Jolla.
The 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 singing in the Geronimo Busleiman rank. In doubles, Utah has # 15 rankings in Busleiman / Capalbo. In a series dating back to 1962, USC is 35-1 all-time against the Utes after a 7-0 win against teams at Marks Stadium last season.
USC captures its fifth straight victory over rival UCLA in a comeback attempt to beat the Bruins 4-2 last weekend in Westwood. After UCLA took a 2-0 lead, the Trojans rattled off four straight-set singles wins to pocket the road win. In their first matches in Bruin Territory, freshmen Peter Makk and Ryan Colby The Trojans for the last two singles victories today, tackling the home at right. UCLA edged out USC in doubles action with a tiebreaker on court one. The Bruins picked up a 6-3 win over Court Two Peter Makk and Lodewijk Weststrate for an early leg up, only to have USC’s Ryder Jackson and Samuel Rubell Court three on a 6-4 win with fire back. That heaped the pressure on the court one, where USC’s # 6 with UCLA’s Hoogmartens / Pereira Even Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye. The Bruin duo would push through a tiebreaker and tack on a 1-0 lead with the hosts on a 7-6 (4) decision. UCLA’s doubles point win interrupted a 10-match streak of such wins by the Trojans this season. The Bruins would nudge ahead 2-0 with Bryce Pereira’s win over Samuel Rubell on court six, but the Trojans were undeterred. On court one, # 2 Stefan Dostanic found some vengeance with a 7-5, 6-1 win over # 23 Alexander Hoogmartens to get a point on the board at USC. At the number 5 spot, # 116 Lodewijk Weststrate Eric Hahn for a 6-2, 6-4 win that snarled things up at 2-2. Edging his Trojans into the lead was # 52 Peter Makk, who regrouped and took out Giacomo Revelli 6-3, 7-5 to make it 3-2 USC. That left Bradley Frye In Court Two, while on a third set Ryan Colby fixed his eyes at a clincher. 4 slot. The freshman closed things out with UCLA’s Karl Lee for a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win that sealed the comeback rivalry win at USC at 4-2 and Court Two on Suspended Action.
BY THE NUMBERS
USC’s winningest player to date to be junior Stefan Dostanic, who has churned out 33 singles wins while riding a 15-match win streak. Five other Trojans now join him in the singles side of the double-digit wins, along with the freshman Peter Makk holding 20 wins, senior Bradley Fryefreshman Ryan Colby and sophomore Lodewijk Weststrate with 16 each, and junior Ryder Jackson With 11. In Doubles, Dostanic / Frye have played the most matches and boast the most wins with their 19-9 record together.
THIS IS 30
After going undefeated in singles and doubles across three dual matches, junior Stefan Dostanic Scored his 30th singles win and secured his second career choice as Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Paired with partner Bradley Frye at the number Doubles in 1 position, two decisive wins and one tiebreaker victory in Dostanic 3 doubles in a 3-0 effort. And singing in court one, The Now-No. 6 ranked player in the nation beat two ranked opponents in straight sets and claimed a three-set comeback victory as well as extend his singles win streak to 12 in a row. Dostanic became the second Trojan to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week this season, joining freshman Peter Makk’s pick on Feb. 22. Dostanic’s first such honor came last season.
ATTACK ON MAKK
USC freshman Peter Makk The Trojans won the Seattle last week and secured themselves as the Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this year. 22. Makk’s work helped the no. 11 Trojans to four wins in four games, including 4-1 decisions. 15 Mississippi and No. ITA National Team Indoor Championship at 8 Stanford. Makk opened the week with a win over Portland. His singles match against No. 10 ITA Indoors of the Opening Round in Kentucky was suspended, but he’d bounce back with straight-set wins against USC’s next two matches, the Rebels and the Cardinal. With Stanford in the rematch, Makk avenged his only dual-match loss of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 1. 49 Max Basing on court four. Now ranked No. 52 singles in the nation, Makk boasts the second most singles wins on the team to date with his 20-11 mark.
SEATTLE IN REVENGE
USC avenged an earlier loss to Stanford by Tide on the Tide. The ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Consolation Play in a 4-1 comeback win for Seattle in 8 Cardinal. In doing so, USC avenged an earlier loss to the Cardinal in Palo Alto. To get this one, USC steamrolled its way through a series of singles play, rebounding from losing doubles points to a string of straight-set singles. Lodewijk Weststrate USC to an 8-2 overall record with its second win at the ITA event in Seattle. Stanford snagged the doubles point with 6-3 decisions on court one and three on the early leg. USC responded by taking the first set of singles in five courts. The Trojans would keep the gas on their feet, sparked first by # 46 Peter Makk’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Stanford’s # 46 Max Basing on court four to snarl things 1-1. Senior Bradley Frye Comes with a swift 6-1, 6-4 win over his own # 74 Axel Geller at No. 3 spot. Pulling into the Trojans was the freshman Ryan Colby on court six, where his 6-3, 6-2 win over Tomas Kopczynski made it 3-1 USC. Two Trojans were the clincher for pressing, and it would be Lodewijk Weststrate who hit the finish line first with a 6-3, 6-3 win over # 108 Aryan Chaudhary on court five. That gave USC the win and suspended a top-four battlefield court, where USC’s # 4 Stefan Dostanic was leading Stanford’s # 1 Arthur Fery 7-5, 5-2 when the action came to a halt.
STEF’S SHERWOOD SUCCESS
USC may have had its final day of action at the Sherwood Cup washed out, but Trojan junior Stefan Dostanic The event at the top honors with the still emerged. After netting two strong singles wins in USC’s Double Day of Competition on Sunday (Jan. 16), the No. 6-ranked Dostanic was named Singles Champion. In Stanford players against USC’s morning matchups, Dostanic topped the Cardinal’s Alexandre Rotsaert 7-6 (3), 6-3. Later that evening, the Trojans’ makeup action against players from Texas A&M, Dostanic made it to the winning day at # 115 Noah Schachter 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2). After that first round of spring competition, Dostanic boasted a 20-4 overall record in this 2021-22 campaign.
In Brett MasiIn its second season at the helm of the USC program, the Trojans posted a 23-7 overall record and claimed the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Championship along the way. No fall competition was held due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the action was eventually taken down in January 2021. The Trojans were ranked No. Entering the Nation in 1 2021 – A Nod to the 2020 ITA National Team Indoor Championship The Trojans had won a pandemic brought to the competition that year. After a run to the 2021 NCAA Quarterfinals, where USC fell in a tough 4-3 decision to Texas, the Trojans ended the season ranked No. 10 in the land. Seniors Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith Both earned singles and doubles for ITA All-American status, having made a run for the NCAA Doubles quarterfinals and finishing up. 6 in the nation. In singles, Cukierman reached the NCAA Singles Round of 16 and wrapped up his USC career rankings 24 in the nation. Smith, meanwhile, reached the NCAA Singles Round of 32 and finished up at number one. 53. Sophomore Stefan Dostanic finished up at The final national singles rankings in 98, and was No. 88 in doubles along Bradley Frye. •