Men's Tennis
    No. 1 USC Shuts Out Duke For ITA Semifinal Spot
    Yannick Hanfmann won big in singles and doubles today to aid in USC's shutout of Duke.

    Yannick Hanfmann won big in singles and doubles today to aid in USC's shutout of Duke.

    Feb. 18, 2012

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked USC men's tennis team exacted some revenge today with a 4-0 win over No. 10 Duke in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Blue Devils had topped the Trojans last year in the first round of the tournament, but this year USC shut them out to secure the first trip to the ITA semifinals since 2003 for the Trojans. USC is now 9-0 overall on the way into tomorrow's semifinal against No. 4 seed Georgia.

    "I thought our energy was a little low to start the match today," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "Overall we played good doubles though. That was the best match they have played at No. 1 doubles all season, and No. 2 and No. 3 just fought the entire match. In singles, we have a sophomore and two freshmen at the four through six spots. They continue to fight hard each match, and I can see their confidence growing. We played better than yesterday, and hopefully we continue to build on that."

    The Trojans controlled doubles play to the tune of a solid upset from USC's #28 Yannick Hanfmann / Steve Johnson at the No. 1 spot over Duke's #13 Cunha/Saba. That 8-3 win was followed up by an 8-5 win at the No. 3 position from Trojans Emilio Gomez / Roberto Quiroz, and USC was promptly up 1-0 in the match.

    On court one in singles, USC's top gun Steve Johnson was up against the last player to beat him in collegiate action, #2 Henrique Cunha, back in 2010. Johnson stole the first set from Cunha and was on serve 3-3 in the second when Johnson's Trojan teammates wrapped things up early from the middle of the lineup. #36 Yannick Hanfmann pinned up another powerful win at the No. 5 position with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Raphael Hemmeler to put USC ahead 2-0 in the match. Tighter matches were shaping up on the other courts, but #47 Emilio Gomez was able to dominate his No. 4 match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Fred Saba. #14 Daniel Nguyen followed Gomez' lead next in creating some room against his opponent Torsten Wietoska on court 3, and the senior soon wrapped up the match with a 6-4, 6-2 clincher for the 4-0 Trojan victory.



    USC is now going up against No. 4 seeded Georgia tomorrow in the semifinals at 12 p.m. ET for the right to move into Monday's title match.

    Quarterfinals - Feb. 18
    #1 USC 4, #10 Duke 0
    (1) #28 Hanfmann/S. Johnson (USC) def. #13 Cunha/Saba (DUKE) - 8-3
    (2) Nguyen/Sarmiento (USC) vs. Holland/Mengal (DUKE) - 6-6 susp.
    (3) Gomez/Quiroz (USC) def. Hemmeler/Wietoska (DUKE) - 8-5
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 3
    (1) #11 Steve Johnson (USC) vs. #2 Henrique Cunha (DUKE) -- 6-4, 3-3 susp.
    (2) #18 Ray Sarmiento (USC) vs. #17 Chris Mengel (DUKE) - 6-1, 3-6, 1-3 susp.
    (3) #14 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Torsten Wietoska (DUKE) - 6-4, 6-2*
    (4) #47 Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Fred Saba (DUKE) - 6-3, 6-1
    (5) #36 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) - 6-0, 6-2
    (6) #86 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. Jason Tahir (DUKE) - 7-6 (4), 3-4 susp.
    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3