USC Tennis shines in first two tournaments of the year

The two tennis programs combined for five finals appearances over the weekend

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This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the Battle in the Bay and the Milwaukee Classic tournaments.

On the men’s side, at the Battle in the Bay, senior Bradley Frye and junior Stefan Dostanic made the doubles final together and faced off against one another in the singles final. The two are ranked 17th in the country in doubles. As the No. 1 seed in the doubles draw, the two rolled through the first three rounds only losing a combined seven games. In the finals, they lost 3-8 to Cal’s Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck.

In singles, Frye, who is ranked 107th in the country, had two three-set victories to reach the final, including an upset of eighth ranked Luc Fomba of TCU 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Dostanic, who is ranked 68th in the country, rolled his way to the final, not losing a set. Dostanic won the singles final 6-4, 7-6 (2), between the two Trojans.

Dostanic said playing Frye in the final was the best part of the tournament and that the two were in communication the whole summer about their own games, so he knew Frye had been working hard over the summer. “Playing [Frye] in the final means we were the two top guys in the tournament,” Dostanic said. “You always want to play your guys late in the tournament.”

In Milwaukee, sophomore Lodewijk Weststrate lost in the finals 2-6, 3-6. His tournament was highlighted by a 7-6 (6), 6-3, win over Pepperdine’s Daniel De Jonge, who is ranked 117th in the country. “[Weststrate] couldn’t come away with the title, but he got four great wins along the way, and that is valuable for his own confidence,” head coach Brett Masi said.

Masi was pleased with how his team was able to compete in the finals of both tournaments and build up match toughness for the rest of the season.

For the women, freshman Leyden Games won the consolation tournament at the Battle in the Bay in her first tournament as a Trojan.

“I was happy to be finally representing the school,” said Games. She lost a three set match to the No. 3 seed in the main draw. In the back draw, Games won four matches including a three set win (7-6 (2), 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)) in the finals. “It is a great confidence booster; I played some amazing players,” said Games. “I am excited for the tournaments to come.”

In Milwaukee, sophomore Naomi Cheong and junior Eryn Cayetano both won three matches, making it to the semifinals. Cheong defeated the No. 1 seed 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals. In the semis, the two lost. Cheong fell 3-6, 2-6 and Cayetano 6-7 (5), 2-6. Freshman Grace Piper lost to the No. 8 seed 3-6, 2-6 in the main draw. She then won two matches in the back draw. She made it to the semifinals, falling 5-7, 3-6. Like Games, it was her first tournament as a Trojan.

This weekend, the men travel to Georgia for the Southern Intercollegiate Championship, while the women head to North Carolina State for the Wolfpack Invitational.