No. 1 USC Men Silence No. 6 Stanford
Feb. 3, 2012
STANFORD, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's tennis team returned to the site of its latest NCAA Team Championship in revisiting Taube Stadium at Stanford today for some nonconference action against the No. 6 Cardinal. The return trip proved fruitful once again for the Trojans, who recorded their first-ever 7-0 sweep of Stanford in claiming five straight-set wins and a pair of victories on 10-game tiebreakers to help USC to a 5-0 start to the 2012 season. USC's only other shutout win of Stanford on record was a 4-0 victory during the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
The Trojans' push to a clean sweep of the Cardinal began with a pair of decisive doubles wins -- both 8-2 decisions from courts one and three -- to keep USC's dual-match doubles slate perfect on the year. At the No. 2 spot, USC's Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento missed their 10th win of the season when their match with Stanford's Kandath/Lin was suspended on the Trojans' clinching two wins on the other courts.
In singles action, USC build a good head of steam on a smooth 6-3, 6-1 win from #12 Ray Sarmiento over #75 Matt Kandath on court two. #48 Emilio Gomez pinned up a similarly sound victory from his No. 4 position in a 6-2, 6-2 win over John Morrissey to set up a clinching victory by #33 Yannick Hanfmann on court five. Hanfmann locked USC in with a 4-0 advantage on his 6-3, 6-2 win over Robert Stinemann next, and #16 Daniel Nguyen wasn't far behind. Nguyen bounced back from a loss taken last week by pushing through Denis Lin for a 6-4, 6-4 win, taking the Trojans up 5-0 to leave 10-point tiebreakers deciding the action on courts six and one.
From the No. 6 position, Roberto Quiroz delivered his seventh straight singles win in taking down Daniel Ho 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 to push the Trojan lead to 6-0. That left the last competition on the day over on court one, where USC's top gun Steve Johnson was embroiled in an on-serve battle with #37 Ryan Thacher. Johnson pulled out the first set on a tiebreaker, and Thacher answered with a win in the second-set tiebreak. Once the 10-game decider came into play, however, Johnson was all business. The senior rallied past Thacher and posted a 10-3 win in the final frame to lock in on his 42nd straight collegiate singles win.
The USC men now turn to take a trip to Berkeley to face No. 13 California at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 4).
#1 USC 7, #6 Stanford 0