Men's Tennis
    No. 3 Trojans Take Out No. 2 UCLA Again To Reach ITA Indoor Title Match
    Yannick Hanfmann got it done in doubles and singles today for the Trojans.
    Yannick Hanfmann got it done in doubles and singles today for the Trojans.

    Feb. 16, 2014

    HOUSTON, TEXAS -- The No. 3 USC men's tennis team replicated last year's big semifinal win over rival UCLA with today's 4-3 victory over the No. 2 Bruins in that same round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. This time in Houston, the Trojans reigned supreme with a tight but strong win to beat out the Bruins and score another spot in the tournament title match. Now 7-0 overall, USC will go up against Ohio State tomorrow in the championship bout at 12 p.m. CT in Houston, Texas.

    Junior Yannick Hanfmann was the hero today, following up a powerful effort in doubles alongside teammate Ray Sarmiento for the clinching upset to take the doubles point with a spectacular finish in singles. It was Hanfmann's big win -- a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 upset of UCLA's #5 Marcos Giron -- that sealed the deal on the Trojan victory over their rivals to secure the trip to tomorrow's final.

    TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

    The Trojans had first tacked up the doubles point on a one-two punch from courts one and three. At the No. 3 spot, USC's Johnson/de Vroome punched up a winner with a 6-4 victory over Bruins Brymer/Sell. The first point would be pocketed by the Trojans with #35 Hanfmann/Sarmiento's 6-4 upset of UCLA's #9 Giron/McDonald, and USC took that important 1-0 lift on into singles play.

    There, Max de Vroome kept his momentum rolling with a swift 6-3, 6-0 dispatch of UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian at the No. 5 spot, pumping USC to a 2-0 advantage. Roberto Quiroz then whipped up another straight-set drubbing from court three as he took out #71 Mackenzie McDonald by a score of 6-2, 6-3, and USC was poised for victory, up a solid 3-0.

     

     

    The Bruins wouldn't topple too easily, though.On court six, UCLA registered its first point as Joseph Di Giulio managed a 6-2, 6-3 response for a win over Michael Grant to make it 3-1. At the No. 4 spot, #26 Gage Brymer followed suit and got it to 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over USC freshman Connor Farren. On court one, UCLA's top-ranked Clay Thompson was in a second-set tiebreaker in an attempt to wrap up the tying point against USC's #7 Ray Sarmiento. Thompson would pull off the win there, getting a 6-2, 6-5 (5) victory that tugged the Bruins even with the Trojans at 3-3. That put all eyes on court two, where USC's #16 Yannick Hanfmann was in a three-setter against UCLA's #5 Marcos Giron. Hanfmann worked ahead in the third and held on, honing in on the victorious clincher with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 finish of Giron to notch the 4-3 Trojan win that propels USC into the ITA National Team Indoor Championships title match for the third straight year.

    ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Houston, Texas)

    SEMIFINALS
    #3 USC 4, #2 UCLA 3
    Feb. 16, 2014 - Houston, Texas (Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center)
    DOUBLES
    (1) #35 Hanfmann/Sarmiento (USC) def. #9 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) - 6-4
    (2) Farren/Quiroz (USC) vs. Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA) - 4-5 susp.
    (3) de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. Brymer/Sell (UCLA) - 6-4
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1
    SINGLES
    (1) #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. #7 Ray Sarmiento (USC) - 6-2, 6-5 (5)
    (2) #16 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #5 Marcos Giron (UCLA) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3*
    (3) Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #51 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-4
    (4) #26 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Connor Farren (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
    (5) Max de Vroome (USC) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-0
    (6) Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Michael Grant (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
    Order of finish: 5, 3, 6, 4, 1, 2*