No. 1 USC Men Deliver 6-1 Win Over No. 37 Stanford|
Feb. 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked USC men's tennis team defended their home court by dismantling No. 37 Stanford 6-1 on Friday, Feb. 27 in Marks Stadium. Coming off an emotional 4-2 loss to No. 2 Oklahoma in the championship match at the ITA National Indoor Championships, the Trojans were ready to bounce back and prove why they are the number one ranked team in the country. While this match didn't count towards conference standings, as the Trojans will be facing the Cardinal again at the end of March, it was important for USC to assert its dominance over the Pac-12 opponent. The Trojans are now 10-1 overall and ready to begin another win streak.
The Cardinal snagged the first win of the day when Stanford's Morrissey/Stineman halted the No. 2 Trojan duo of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz 6-3. After being tied at 4-4, the No. 30 USC pair of Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson attempted to make a comeback. Two big points in a row from de Vroome pushed the Trojans ahead to make the score 5-4, but court three finished first with Stanford's Paige/Wilczynski beating the USC twosome of Nick Crystal and Jonny Wang to grab the doubles point.
Even though USC was entering the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 deficit, the Trojans were not shaken. Eric Johnson blasted through his match with a win 6-3, 6-1 on court three over Stanford's David Wilczynski. On court six, No. 45 Nick Crystal was close behind as he sprinted through his match by defeating David Hsu 6-1, 6-3. Now up 2-1 on the Cardinal, the Trojans continued to push. Court one was full of action as USC's No. 2 Yannick Hanfmann faced No. 26 Tom Fawcett. The match was full of intense rallies that resulted in loud cheers from the large crowd at Marks Stadium. Hanfmann was able to collect the win 6-4, 6-4 to set up the Trojans for a clincher. After his doubles match loss, No. 20 Roberto Quiroz was fired up for revenge against his Stanford opponent, John Morrissey. In true Trojan form, Quiroz secured the victory for USC by clinching the match with his 6-4, 6-4 win. Per the coaches' decision, the rest of the matches were played out. After losing the first set 6-7 (5-7) to Stanford's Nolan Paige, court five was next to finish with No. 72 Max de Vroome regaining momentum to claim the win by taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-1. On court four, USC's No. 31 Jonny Wang would have the final word for the Trojans. Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz stole the first set 6-3, but Wang fought back to take the second set 6-4. With this being the last match of the day, it was decided that a tiebreak game to 10 points would determine the winner. Wang took an early lead and was able to close out his match with a 10-6 victory, and make it a 6-1 final in USC's favor.
USC continues its weekend of competition by facing Tulsa tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 28) at 1 p.m. in Marks Stadium.
#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1