From the Top Down

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USC men's tennis won its last national championship with Steve Johnson, one of the greatest players in the history of collegiate tennis, manning the top spot.  This Trojans team came into the NCAA Tournament known for its depth and experience, but not an overwhelming elite talent.

But when it came down to the business end of the season, no player stood taller than Yannick Hanfmann.  The German junior went undefeated in singles play taking out higher ranked opponents in the NCAA semis and final.

In the No. 2 spot, Ray Sarmiento did not enjoy his best season, going 17-7 in dual match play, which was the most losses on the team.  But Sarmiento took the "gamer" torch from legendary Trojan Daniel Nguyen, and he carried it proudly in Athens being named the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player.

Hanfmann and Sarmiento have now combined to win five national championship rings.  They proved long ago that they were blessed with the "clutch gene", but by carrying the 2014 team to victory, they cemented their place among the elite talents of collegiate tennis history.


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