The USC men’s tennis team slammed into victory in San Francisco, where they competed in the annual Battle in the Bay Classic. After winning both singles and doubles titles last year, the team swept through the competition, taking first and second place in the doubles competition, and the championship title in singles.
The Trojans looked towards No. 5 seed senior Brandon Holt and No. 8 seed junior Daniel Cukierman as leaders in this year’s competition. Senior Riley Smith, who is currently ranked No. 14 in singles, and freshmen Ryder Jackson also competed in the tournament.
Trojan ace Holt achieved a No. 14 ranking in doubles alongside Riley Smith in 2018. He is a four-time ITA All-American player and has improved his singles national ranking every year, rising from No. 16 as a freshman, to his current rank.
Holt quickly delivered a victory in the Bay Classic, taking first place in men’s singles and teaming up with freshman Stefan Dostanic to win the doubles match title.
However, teammates Jackson and Dostanic were eliminated in the Round of 16, losing 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6(4). Smith reached the semifinals before handing over the match to Holt, who won 6-4, 4-6 and 6-1. Holt then easily defeated Michigan State’s Ondrej Styler by 6-2 and 6-4, securing the singles title for USC.
In doubles, Holt and Dostanic took the lead but struggled against the Texas Tech duo Bjorn Thompson and Parker Wynn. Ultimately, the Trojans managed to break the tie, ending at 8-7(12).
The doubles title matchup ended between two Trojan teams: Holt-Dostanic and Jackson-Smith. The Holt-Dostanic combo came out on top with an 8-2 win.
While four Trojans have managed to take the championship in the Bay Area, the rest of the team is competing in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. So far, sophomore Mor Bulis has captured the winning title for Men’s Single, beating Mississippi State’s No. 2 seed Giovanni Oradini with a score of 6-3, 6-2, marking this as Bulis’s first career victory while at USC.
Sophomores Bradley Frye and Jake Sands were eliminated in the Round of 16 in the singles matches, losing to UC Berkeley players Jack Molloy and Paul Barretto respectively. Meanwhile, the Bulis-Frye pair are continuing to compete on to the quarterfinals, having defeated teams from the University of Tennessee and Princeton University. The results of the doubles championship are still underway and expected to finalize by tomorrow.