Star prevents victory sweep by No. 5 USC

Jonathan Star has become the second Aggie in UC Davis men's tennis history to score over USC.
Jan. 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- UC Davis sophomore transfer Jonathan Star stopped the shutout by USC on Saturday afternoon after getting a match victory at No. 4 singles before the Aggies' 6-1 defeat by the Trojans at the Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

Star went up against Laurens Verboven, where the two platers were tied going into the final set of the match, but with a good fight in the third set from Star, he was able to secured the win, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8). This match victory marks the second time in UC Davis men's tennis history where the Aggies have scored over USC, with the first one being from now-sophomore Max Pham when he got a straight-set win at No. 6 singles over USC's Henry Ji during the 2016-2017 season.

The Trojans opened up the dual by taking the doubles point from the Aggie tandems that saw success in the previous weekend of competition play. In singles play, USC received the next three to make it a 4-0 game. Despite the game victory already belonging to the Trojans, the remainder of the singles games continued on. Star's game was the next one to finish, which temporarily changed the score to 4-1 before USC garnered two more singles game victories to make it a 6-1 final score over the Aggies.

After today's competition, UC Davis now holds a 1-2 overall record in the season, while the Trojans carry a 1-0 overall record after their 2018 season debut.

UC Davis will return back to Los Angeles, Calif., to participate in the ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend tournament, hosted by No. 6 UCLA, on Jan. 26-28.

UC Davis (1-2) at USC (1-0)
Jan. 20, 2018 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Tennis Stadium)

FINAL SCORE: No. 5 USC 6, UC Davis 1

1. Laurens Verboven/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Tommy Lam / David Goulak (UCD), 6-3
2. Daniel Cukierman/Tanner Smith (USC) vs. Ivan Thamma / Everett Maltby (UCD), 4-2, UF
3. Brandon Holt/Matt Smolicki (USC) def. Jonathan Star / Chethan Swanson (UCD), 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1*

1. (11) Brandon Holt (USC) def. David Goulak (UCD), 6-2, 6-1
2. Daniel Cukierman (USC) def. Ivan Thamma (UCD), 6-0, 6-2
3. (54) Logan Smith (USC) def. Everett Maltby (UCD), 6-4, 6-2
4. Jonathan Star (UCD) def. Laurens Verboven (USC), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Jake DeVine (USC) def. Chethan Swanson (UCD), 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
6. (96) Thibault Forget (USC) def. Mitchell Iwahiro (UCD), 7-6(5), 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*

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