Top-Ranked Trojans Tack Up 4-0 Sweep Of Penn State At ITA National Team Indoors|
Feb. 13, 2015
CHICAGO, ILL. -- The No. 1 USC men's tennis team plugged in a shutout victory to kick off its run at the 2015 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, taking out No. 22 Penn State 4-0 today in Chicago. The win propels the 7-0 Trojans along to tomorrow's quarterfinals as they look to stay the course toward a fourth straight trip to the title match.
"I think it's great to see Penn State, a new team, in the ITA National Indoors. It's a huge accomplishment for Penn State's program to be here, hats off to them," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "We just wanted to get our comfort level up playing indoors... Everything is quicker. Doubles was close, but I thought that helped us. I thought we played great in singles."
USC did get out of the gates with a strong showing in doubles action. The Trojans pinned up 6-4 wins on courts two and three to lock down the first point of the day, sparked by Nick Crystal and Connor Farren's victory at the No. 3 spot. On court two, USC's Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson replicated that effort, and USC was on the board with a 1-0 advantage.
Although their doubles match was suspended, USC seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz divided and conquered in singles play. Quiroz made sure to finish off early, tacking up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Penn State's Alex Fennell on court two to make it 2-0. Senior Eric Johnson followed suit in cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory a the No. 4 spot over Roman Trkulja to set the table for a senior sweep. USC's #7 Yannick Hanfmann answered the call and rang up a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win for the clincher from court one, topping #81 Leo Stakhovsky to put a stop to action with the 4-0 USC victory.
The Trojans now turn to face old foe Ohio State tomorrow (Feb. 14) in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes beat the Trojans in last year's championship match at the tournament. This year, Ohio State holds the No. 8 seed in the draw and moved into tomorrow's rematch care of a 4-3 win over No. 9 seeded Texas today.
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