Tennis

Men’s and women’s tennis bring home tournament titles

The two tennis programs combined for four titles.

A photo of USC tennis player Eryn Cayetano.

This past weekend, both men’s and women’s tennis competed in tournaments and brought back titles. The men played at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Georgia and the women played at the Fall Ranked Spotlight in Cary, North Carolina.

No. 68 Stefan Dostanic led the Trojans with two singles wins and a doubles win over the weekend. He beat No. 20 Matej Vocel (Ohio State) 7-6 (5), 6-4, and No. 58 Siem Woldeab (Texas) 7-5, 7-5. The two wins over ranked opponents made him the singles champion.

“Stefan is really coming into his own trying to solidify himself as a top player in the country,” head coach Brett Masi said. This is Dostanic’s second straight tournament title, after winning the Battle of the Bay last weekend. “He is showing he can compete at that level,” said Masi, adding that Dostanic has the competitive drive to be one of the best players in the nation.

Freshman Peter Makk had two singles wins over ranked opponents. He beat No. 99 J.J. Tracy (Ohio State) 6-1, 7-6 (4), and No. 23 Hamish Stewart (Georgia) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5. Makk also added a doubles win with Bradley Frye over Texas’ Woldeab and Cleeve Harper 8-6.

In doubles, the Trojans mixed up their pairings, including splitting Dostanic and Bradley Frye, who are ranked 17th in the country. “We know Bradley and Stefan are a good doubles team... we needed to see what the others could do,” Masi said.

Masi further elaborated that having other players play with Dostanic and Frye also gave them a chance to learn and grow their doubles games for the future. This included Ryder Jackson and Paul Barretto playing together for the first time and beating Erik Grevelius and Blake Croyder (Georgia) 8-6 over the weekend. Masi said the two played well and have great chemistry. “They gelled really well on the court for not ever playing together.”

For the women, No. 56 Eryn Cayetano won the singles championship as well as the doubles championship in her flight. She beat two ranked opponents in the tournament including a win over No. 23 Alana Smith (NC State) 6-1, 6-2. After a three-set win over Daria Frayman (Princeton) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, in the semis, Cayetano had a walkover in the finals to win her first title as a Trojan. “It was super exciting,” said Cayetano, adding, “but I am also very happy to share the moment with the three teammates that came with me.”

Besides Cayetano, No. 18 Salma Ewing beat Emma Jackson (Duke) 6-3, 6-3 and No. 102 Brianna Shvets (Princeton)  7-5, 6-2, before falling in the quarterfinals 5-7, 2-6. In the singles B main draw, Snow Han beat Marcelina Podlinska (OU)  6-1, 7-5 and Amelia Rejecki (NCSU) 6-4, 6-1 before falling in the quarterfinals.

The Trojans won both doubles flights, with Ewing and Han winning flight C/D and Cayetano pairing with Grace Piper to win flight E/F. Ewing and Han beat Daevenia Achong and Eden Richardson (Miami) in the final, 6-4. Cayetano and Piper beat Irina Cantos Siemers and Sydni Ratliff (Ohio State) 6-0 in the finals. This was Cayetano and Piper’s second tournament together and first title. Cayetano believes the pair was able to succeed due to their trust in each other and constant energy on the court.

This weekend, the men and women both compete in the ITA All-American Championships. The men play in Tulsa, OK and the women play in Charleston, SC.