No. 4 USC Men Polish Off Another SEC Opponent With Shutout Of Florida
Feb. 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team pocketed another marquee win in the first edition of the Pac-12/SEC Showdown, knocking down No. 11 Florida with a 4-0 shutout at Marks Stadium. The top of the lineup was all business today for the Trojans, with victories coming from the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles courts as well as the top two singles slots. Putting the finishing touches on today's victory was freshman Connor Farren from court four, as he wrapped up the action to net the Trojans their fourth dual match win of the year.
The Trojans wrapped up the doubles point in fairly smooth fashion, with court two's Connor Farren and Roberto Quiroz combining forces with a vengeance once again. The duo took out Florida's Lipman/Watson 6-2, and their court one compatriots took care of business next. Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento delivered a 6-3 win over Alford/Piro to take USC ahead 1-0 in the match and bring up singles action.
Shining bright at the top of the lineup in singles were Sarmiento and Hanfmann. #10 Sarmiento walloped Florida's Diego Hidalgo 6-2, 6-2 to bump USC ahead 2-0. Meanwhile, his doubles partner, #32 junior Yannick Hanfmann, was doing work on court two. Hanfmann pulled off the first set in a tiebreaker before cruising past #28 Stephane Piro with a 6-5 (5), 6-2 win that put USC on the brink of victory. The remaining courts looked to be bound for third sets, but freshman Farren was ready to pounce and wrap up the match early. He, too, plugged in a first-set win with a tiebreaker before hitting his stride in the second and putting a stop to things with his 6-5 (5), 6-3 clincher over #109 Maxx Lipman on court four.
The Trojans' next action takes them to the Bay Area next week. USC will head up to face Stanford for a nonconference bout at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 7).
PAC-12/SEC SHOWDOWN (Marks Stadium Los Angeles, Calif.)
#4 USC 4, #11 Florida 0
#2 UCLA 4, #3 Georgia 3