Dynasty Complete

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USC men's tennis had to fight Virginia into the early hours of the morning, but the Trojans retained their NCAA crown for a fourth consecutive year.  The USC 4-peat will be celebrated as a career accomplishment for seniors Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen, but it was true freshman Yannick Hanfmann who clinched the national championship in a final set tiebreaker.

Thumbnail image for NCAA-Champs.JPGPeter Smith's team became the second men's tennis program ever to win four consecutive NCAA titles (Stanford) and the second USC dynasty to pull off the feat this school year joining men's water polo.

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The drama unfolded in cinematic fashion with rains forcing the play indoors after the doubles matches for the second consecutive day.  Trailing 1-0, Johnson, Ray Sarmiento and Emilio Gomez banked singles points to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead after Nguyen lost the only singles match of his NCAA Tournament career. 

With Hanfmann and fellow freshmen Roberto Quiroz the only two Trojans left on the court, the young German showed his steel by pulling off the NCAA-winning tiebreaker 7-4.  Locked in a three-set dogfight of his own, a relieved Quiroz joined the celebratory mob.

The next generation proved itself worthy of carrying on the USC men's tennis tradition which now stands at a record 20 national championships...and counting.  Rejoice in the moment Trojans, it was well earned.

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