Stanford, Arizona, USC and Arizona State advance to Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship Semifinals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 1 STANFORD, No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 3 USC and No. 4 ARIZONA STATE all advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship with quarterfinal victories at Barnes Tennis Center on Saturday. 

The Cardinal will meet the Sun Devils and the Trojans will face the Wildcats in Sunday’s semifinals at 3:00 p.m. PT. 

No. 1 STANFORD 4 vs. No. 8 WASHINGTON 0

The No. 1 seed for the tournament and the regular-season Pac-12 champion, the Stanford men were off to a powerful start as they fended off the Washington Huskies with a 4-0 victory. The Cardinal claimed their first point of the match in a dominating doubles performance by Arthur Fery and Alexandre Rotsaert, who picked up a 6-2 win, followed by teammates Traistan Boyer and Timothy Sah recording a 6-3 victory.  In singles play, Boyer defeated Han-Chih Lin, 6-2, 6-1 to kick off the singles and put Stanford up 2-0, followed by victories by Axel Geller over Clement Chidekh 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot and the clincher by Neel Rajesh over Jack Pulliam 6-3, 6-3 to send Stanford to tomorrow’s semifinals.

No. 2 ARIZONA 4 vs. No. 7 UTAH 0

No. 2 Arizona swept No. 7 seed Utah to earn a ticket to tomorrow’s semifinals against No. 3 seed USC.  Doubles wins by the teams of Jonas Ziverts/Carlos Hassey and Nick Lagaev/Gustaf Strom gave the Wildcats the doubles point to kick off the proceedings.  In singles play Filip Malbasic defeated Slava Shainyan 6-1, 6-3 at the No 3 spot to extend the lead to 2-0.  Victories by Gustaf Strom over Franco Capalbo (6-2, 6-3) and Herman Hoeyeraal over Mathias Gavelin, (6-4, 7-6) clinched the win despite a valiant effort by the Utes.

No. 3 USC 4 vs. No. 6 OREGON 1

No. 3 seed USC battled past No. 6 seed Oregon to book a semifinal spot against Arizona at the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships.  USC took the doubles point off the back of victories by the Trojan duos of Daniel Cukierman/Riley Smith and Stefan Dostanic/Bradley Frye.  In the singles competition, Lodewijk Weststrate defeated Brandon Lam 6-3, 6-1 and Stefan Dostanic beat Quinn Vandecasteele 6-4, 6-3 to put the Trojans up 3-0 before Oregon’s Klov-Nilsson defeated Bradley Frye 6-3, 6-2 to put the Ducks on the scoreboard.  A victory at the No. 1 singles spot by Daniel Cukierman over Emmanuel Coste 6-3, 6-1 sent USC to tomorrow’s semifinals.

No. 5 ARIZONA STATE 4 vs. No. 4 UCLA 3

No. 5 seed Arizona State scored a thrilling victory over No. 4 UCLA 4-3 to earn a spot in the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships semifinals against No. 1 Stanford.  ASU took a 1-0 lead over the Bruins into singles play following wins by ASU’s Ruehl/Rakotomalala and Lerby/Stoupe in doubles.  Tim Ruehl’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Ben Goldberg put the Sun Devils up 2-0, but UCLA battled back to tie the contest at 2-2 thanks to wins by Sam Feit and Roscoe Bellamy.   The see-saw contest came down to the last match with Nathan Ponwith defeating UCLA’s Govind Nanda in 7-5, 2-6, 6,-4 to clinch the tie.

 

No. 1 STANFORD 4 vs. No. 8 WASHINGTON 0

DOUBLES: 

  1. Axel Geller/Filip Kopczynski, STANFORD v. Alexis Alvarez/Jack Davis, WASHINGTON – 5-3 unf.
  2. Timothy Sah/Tristan Boyer, STANFORD def. Thibault Cancel/Clement Chidekh, WASHINGTON – 6-3
  3. Arthur Fery/Alexandre Rotsaert, STANFORD def. Jack Pulliam/Adam Torocsik, WASHINGTON – 6-2

Order of finish: 3,2 

SINGLES:

  1. Axel Geller, STANFORD def. Clement Chidekh, WASHINGTON – 6-2, 6-2
  2. Arthur Fery, STANFORD v. Ewen Lumsden, WASHINGTON – 4-6, 5-3 unf. 
  3. Alexandre Rotsaert, STANFORD v. Jack Davis, WASHINGTON- 6-0, 1-6, 2-4 unf.
  4. Tristan Boyer, STANFORD def. Han-Chih Lin, WASHINGTON – 6-2, 6-1
  5. Timothy Sah, STANFORD v. Adam Torocsik, WASHINGTON – 3-6, 5-5 unf. 
  6. Neel Rajesh, STANFORD def. Jack Pulliam, WASHINGTON – 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 4,1,6

 

No. 4 UCLA 3 vs. No. 5 ASU 4

Doubles:

  1. Drew Baird / Govind Nanda, UCLA v. Ruehl/Rakotomalala, ARIZONA STATE – 3-6
  2. Bryce Pereira / Patrick Zahraj, UCLA def. Ponwith/McKennon, ARIZONA STATE – 6-3
  3. Matt Tsolakyan / Roscoe Bellamy, UCLA v. Lerby/Stoupe, ARIZONA STATE – 5-7

Order of finish: 1,2,3

Singles:

  1. Govind Nanda, UCLA v. Nathan Ponwith, ARIZONA STATE – 5-7, 6-2, 4-6 
  2. Drew Baird, UCLA def. Makey Rakotomalala, ARIZONA STATE – 7-6, 4-6, 6-2
  3. Ben Goldberg, UCLA v. Tim Ruehl, ARIZONA STATE – 3-6, 2-6
  4. Sam Feit, UCLA def. George Stoupe, ARIZONA STATE – 6-4, 6-4
  5. Roscoe Bellamy, UCLA def. Max McKennon, ARIZONA STATE – 6-4, 6-4
  6. Patrick Zahraj, UCLA v. Christian Lerby, ARIZONA STATE – 3-6, 6-3, 2-6

Order of finish: 3,5,4,6,2,1 

 

No. 2 ARIZONA 4 vs. No. 7 Utah  0

DOUBLES: 

  1. Jonas Ziverts/Carlos Hassey, ARIZONA def. Francisco Bastias/Slava Shainyan, UTAH – 6-3 
  2. Alejandro Reguant/Filip Malbasic, ARIZONA v. Franco Capalbo/Luis Flores, UTAH – 5-4 unf. 
  3. Nick Lagaev/Gustaf Strom, ARIZONA  def. Geronimo Busleiman/Mathias Gavelin, UTAH – 6-4 

Order of finish: 1,3 

SINGLES:

  1. Gustaf Strom, ARIZONA def. Franco Capalbo, UTAH – 6-2, 6-3 
  2. Jonas Ziverts, ARIZONA v. Geronimo Busleiman, UTAH – 5-7, 3-4 unf. 
  3. Filip Malbasic, ARIZONA def. Slava Shainyan, UTAH – 6-1, 6-3 
  4. Alejandro Reguant, ARIZONA v. Francisco Bastias, UTAH – 6-3, 3-4 unf. 
  5. Herman Hoeyeraal, ARIZONA def. Mathias Gavelin, UTAH – 6-4, 7-6
  6. Nick Lagaev, ARIZONA v. Bruno Krenn, UTAH – 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unf. 

Order of finish: 3,1,5 

 

No. 3 USC 4 vs. No. 6 OREGON 1

DOUBLES:

  1. Daniel Cukierman/Riley Smith, USC def. Joshua Charlton/Quinn Vandecasteele OREGON – 6-4
  2. Stefan Dostanic/Bradley Frye, USC def. Emmanuel Coste/Jesper Klov-Nilsson, OREGON – 6-3
  3. Ryder Jackson/Jake Sands, USC v. Brandon Lam/ Ryoma Matsushita, OREGON – 5-4 unf. 

Order of finish: 1,2 

SINGLES: 

  1. Daniel Cukierman, USC def. Emmanuel Coste, OREGON – 6-3, 6-1
  2. Riley Smith, USC v. Joshua Charlton, OREGON – 2-6, 5-4 unf. 
  3. Stefan Dostanic def. Quinn Vandecasteele, OREGON – 6-4, 6-3
  4. Bradley Frye v. Klov-Nilsson, OREGON – 3-6, 2-6
  5. Lodewijk Weststrate def. Brandon Lam, OREGON – 6-3, 6-1
  6. Jake Sands v. Luke Vandecasteele, OREGON – 7-6, 1-3 unf. 

Order of finish: 5,3,4,1,2,6

 

**In a consolation match, the Huskies will face the Bruins at 12:00 p.m. PT.