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Silent at the Top

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Yannick Hanfmann is the No.1 player for the No. 1 team in the country, but he has managed to stay under the radar. 

The German import burst onto the college scene by clinching the 2012 national championship for USC as a freshman.  Since then, Hanfmann has remained a steady force grabbing All-American honors as a sophomore.

The junior is at his best in the team format. He went a remarkable 21-1 in dual match singles play as a freshman.  Over his two plus years, he has won 84% of his singles matches in team competitions. 

Hanfmann started this season as the No. 2 player behind Ray Sarmiento, but after starting 7-1 in that spot, Peter Smith made the call to move him to the top of the lineup.  Hanfmann looked comfortable on the spotlight court last week brushing aside opponents from Oregon and Washington in straight sets.

The Trojans have five more matches before postseason play starting this week with Stanford (Friday at 1:30 p.m.) and Cal (Saturday at 1 p.m.) at Marks Stadium. Hanfmann will be leading the line as USC makes another push towards a national championship.

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