No. 6 USC Men Stay Hot With Win Over Cards
March 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 6 USC men's tennis team was dominant again as they took down No. 27 Louisville with a 5-2 win Saturday at Marks Stadium. The Trojans swept the doubles matches and won four of six singles matches to ensure the victory. USC improves to 12-2 overall for the season.
Doubles play went just as planned for the Trojans as Jaak Poldma and JT Sundling got the day started with an impressive 8-4 upset over the No. 16 team of A. Childs/Maksimcuk on court one. With doubles partner Ray Sarmiento out of the lineup, Steve Johnson paired up with Michael Grant to take on the team of Donaldson/Hall in the No. 3 slot. The duo gelled instantly and made quick work of their opponents with an overpowering 8-3 victory to clinch the doubles point for USC. The team made it a clean sweep as Emilio Gomez and Daniel Nguyen held off Calligari/S. Childs on court two 8-7 (5).
With the point advantage going into singles play, USC would go on a run of impressive wins to clinch the match early. No. 1 Steve Johnson got things started as he picked apart No. 12 Austen Childs on center court 6-1, 6-2 to extend his win streak to 10. Freshman Emilio Gomez didn't disappoint as he came through with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Alejandro Calligari from the No. 4 slot. With the match on the line, No. 19 Daniel Nguyen continued a great week of play as he defeated Simon Childs 6-4, 6-4 on court three ensure victory for the Trojans.
Refusing to go down without a fight, Louisville struck back as Robert Hall got the best of freshman Michael Grant on court six 6-0, 7-5 to give the Cardinals their first point.
Meanwhile, No. 44 Jaak Poldma continued to battle with No. 115 Viktor Maksimcuk in a strenuous match that saw both competitors use medical time outs as they received treatment from the training staff. Poldma eventually willed his way to victory 7-6 (5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) to give the team their fifth point from the no. 2 slot and extend his win streak to an impressive 13 matches.
All eyes shifted to court five as the day's final match played on with JT Sundling squaring off against the Louisville's Andrew Carter. After splitting the first two sets Carter was able to wear Sundling down for the 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) victory to close out play.
USC returns to action March 15 as they hit the road to face Florida State at 4 p.m. ET.
#7 USC 5, #27 Louisville 2