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No. 7 USC Set to Host ITA Kickoff Weekend at Marks

No. 7 USC Set to Host ITA Kickoff Weekend at Marks

Men’s Tennis | January 25, 2024

LOS ANGELES – No. 7 USC men’s tennis welcomes three squads (SMU, Texas Tech, and San Diego) to L.A., where the Trojans will host one of the 15 home-site destinations for ITA Kickoff Weekend. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 27), San Diego will face Texas Tech, while the Trojans will match up with SMU at 2 p.m. at Marks Stadium. 
Saturday, Jan. 27
San Diego (2) vs. Texas Tech (3) – 11 a.m.
USC (1) vs. SMU (4) – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 28
Consolation Match (LOSER OF BOTH MATCHES) – 11 a.m.
Championship Match (WINNER OF BOTH MATCHES) – 2 p.m.
The Trojans enter this weekend as the No. 7 ranked team in the country (ITA Coaches Poll, Jan. 24). USC currently hosts three ranked individuals and one ranked doubles squad in the most recent individual rankings (Nov. 15, 2023). Junior Peter Makk is the highest-ranking individual, ranked No. 39. Sitting behind him is No. 73 senior Lodewijk Weststrate. The last player with an individual ranking is No. 94 junior Karl Lee. All three players earned victories on the singles side last week, as the Trojans bested UC Irvine 7-0 in the opening dual. 
USC has one ranked doubles squad with the combination of graduate students Samuel Rubell and Niroop Vallabhaneni at No. 47. The duo is 4-1 together and won the SoCal Intercollegiate on their home courts.
#7 USC 7, UCI 0
Friday, January 19, 2024
Marks Tennis Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif. 

  1. Peter Makk/Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. Noah Zamora/Brandon (UCI) 7-5 
  2. Volodymyr Iakubenko/Samuel Rubell (USC) def. Enrique Luque Rico/Matthew Sah (UCI) 7-5
  3. Karl Lee/Niroop Vallabhaneni (USC) vs. Andy Nguyen/Hiroki Sakagawa (UCI) 4-5 UNF. 

Order of finish: 2, 1
USC wins the doubles point. 

  1. Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. Enrique Luque Rico (UCI) – 6-4, 6-4
  2. #39 Peter Makk (USC) def. Hiroki Sakagawa (UCI) – 6-2, 7-6 (2)
  3. #73 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. Noah Zamora (UCI) – 6-1, 7-5 
  4. Volodymyr Iakubenko (USC) def. Andy Nguyen (UCI) – 3-6, 7-5, 12-10
  5. #94 Karl Lee (USC) def. Lawee Sherif (UCI) – 6-2, 6-2
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