Junior Daniel Cukierman helped protected the boys’s singles and doubles championship over the weekend. (Day-to-day Trojan report picture)

A number of Trojans discovered good fortune at the tennis courts final weekend in Thousand Oaks regardless of going through tricky pageant. The No. Three ranked USC males’s workforce competed towards the No. nine Texas A&M Aggies, No. 11 UCLA Bruins and No. 12 Stanford Cardinal within the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. 

The seven Trojans taking part within the event had been No. 1 junior Daniel Cukierman, No. nine sophomore Mor Bulis, No. 26 senior Riley Smith (handiest doubles), No. 37 freshman Stefan Dostanic, No. 64 freshman Ryder Jackson, No. 84 sophomore Jake Sands (handiest singles) and sophomore Bradley Frye. 

Cukierman gained singles play by means of beating No. 18 sophomore Alexandre Rotsaert from Stanford in a tightly contested matchup 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. 

The junior additionally paired up with Smith to overcome crosstown rival UCLA in an in depth fit towards No. 7 junior Keegan Smith and sophomore Govind Nanda. Cukierman and Smith gained the fit 7-5. 

The win marks the second one event that the Cukierman and Smith duo has gained this 12 months, as the 2 Trojans gained the Oracle Professional Sequence Event simply over per week in the past. 

Cukierman’s play, particularly, garnered reward. 

“Daniel is solely taking part in with a really perfect top self assurance degree at this time,” head trainer Brett Masi stated. “After a super fall [season], he’s ranked No. 1 within the nation … [It] gave him a large spice up … And now coming again right here and profitable this primary event to start out off the spring … that’s a large spice up stepping into the precise route.”

Masi claims Cukierman’s constant perspective is a huge reason why for his good fortune.

“He’s going in the market with a way of urgency each fit, the place he needs to compete arduous and win,” Masi stated of Cukierman’s poise. “He’s leaving his legacy at this time.”

Bulis, Dostanic and Jackson additionally fared smartly on the event. Bulis simply beat No. 54 sophomore Sangeet Sridhar from Stanford within the Spherical of 16 6-3, 6-1. Dostanic reached the quarterfinal earlier than shedding to his teammate Cukierman 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Finally, Jackson and Bulis reached the semifinal earlier than falling to UCLA’s duo of Smith and Nanda 6-3.

“We had a pair excellent wins by means of Mor Bulis … He beat a excellent participant from Stanford,” Masi stated. “I’m lovely proud of a large number of the fellows at the workforce.” 

The Trojans will want to stay proving Masi’s self assurance proper as they appear forward towards a season through which they nonetheless have to stand the No. 2 Texas Longhorns and No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes, together with %-12 foes reminiscent of UCLA, Stanford and No. 14 California. 

“Check out our agenda, it’s jam-packed,” Masi stated. “Each and every fit is loaded … [and] each fit goes to be a large one.”

USC will take part within the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles this weekend, starting event play towards UNC Wilmington Saturday. 

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