Every Court Counts

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USC men's tennis slipped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the latest rankings through no fault of its own.  The Trojans are 20-2 on the season, and they have won 11 consecutive dual matches.

While Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento lead the team, USC's strength is in its numbers.  In collegiate tennis, a win on court one counts the same as a win on court six.  The Trojans have the highest winning percentage this season on courts three and six.

The No. 3 spot is typically manned by junior Roberto Quiroz who is 14-1 in dual matches, including 8-1 on court three.  The Ecuadorian has won 85% of his singles matches in his dual match career and owns a national championship ring from his freshman year.

The last court has rotated through five different Trojans this season with a mix of veterans (senior Michael Grant, juniors Jonny Wang and Eric Johnson) and rookies (freshmen Rob Bellamy and Nick Crystal).  The group has combined to go 17-2 in dual matches, tying court two for the most points earned this season.

If the Trojans are going to make another NCAA run this season, they know that they will need contributions up and down the lineup.  Here is a preview of this week's dual matches vs. Stanford (Friday at 1:30 p.m.) and Cal (Saturday at 1 p.m.) at Marks Stadium.

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