Two Sweeps For The Trojans On A Busy Friday|
Feb. 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's tennis team pulled double duty today and came through the busy stretch with a pair of victories at Marks Stadium. The Trojans opened the day with a 7-0 sweep of UC Davis and replicated that with another shutout against UC Santa Barbara. The two clean sweeps bump USC's overall record to 9-1 overall.
Against the Aggies in the morning matchup, the Trojans fought off their first foes in doubles with wins at the bottom two spots, opening on an 8-1 victory on court three by Nick Crystal and Jonny Wang. On court two, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson sealed the first point on an 8-5 win, suspending play at the No. 1 spot and bringing up singles action. There, Eric Johnson sprinted to victory first with a 6-1, 6-0 takedown at the No. 3 spot to make it 2-0 Trojans. Nick Crystal would register his first dual-match victory as a Trojan with a 6-1, 6-1 decision that pumped USC up to a 3-0 advantage. Coming through with the clincher was another USC freshman with his first dual-match win, as Rob Bellamy finished off his opponent on court five with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Making it a 5-0 USC lead was junior Roberto Quiroz at the No. 1 spot with a 6-1, 6-2 decision, followed by Max de Vroome's 6-3, 6-4 win on court four. Wrapping up the clean sweep for the Trojans in match #1 of the day was Connor Farren on a 6-3, 7-5 victory at the No. 2 slot.
Soon after, the Trojans would turn around and set up for the second half of their doubleheader, taking on UC Santa Barbara next. USC reloaded for that one, hauling in the doubles point with wins at the top spots this time. On court one, USC's #35 Hanfmann/Sarmiento took in the first win, and de Vroome/Johnson followed to put USC up 1-0.
In singles, Rob Bellamy, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson all checked back in for action, and all three secured their second singles wins of the day. It was Bellamy's 6-2, 6-2 win on court five that sealed the deal on the win, taking the Trojans to a 4-0 lead on the Gauchos as he followed victories from de Vroome and Crystal. USC's Yannick Hanfmann, Ray Sarmiento and Jonny Wang all reported for singles duty in that one, also coming away with wins to finish out the sweep.
The Trojans' next action take them across town to face rival UCLA for the second time this year. USC beat the Bruins 4-3 in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 16 in Houston. Now, the Trojans hit Westwood for the rematch, facing UCLA at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 25) in a match to be televised by Pac-2 Networks.
#2 USC 7, UC Davis 0
#2 USC 7, UC Santa Barbara 0