Men's Tennis
    Johnson Hits 50 As Trojans Win Again

    Steve Johnson has won 50 singles matches in a row with tonight's win in College Station.

    March 15, 2012

    COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -- The top-ranked USC men's tennis team's 36-match overall win streak was too much for Texas A&M's 43-match home win streak tonight in College Station. The visiting Trojans dealt out a 5-2 win over the No. 20 Aggies to shove USC's record to 17-0 on the year and boost that overall win streak out to 37 straight. The longest streak active on the courts today -- still alive and well on this winning Texas trip -- belongs to USC senior Steve Johnson, whose singles win streak is now an even 50 in a row with tonight's cool straight-set victory at the No. 1 spot.

    Doubles action opened with USC's #21 Nguyen/Sarmiento pushing out to an 8-3 win over Hoover/Klegou on court two while Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz were working hard to hang on to their advantage at the No. 1 spot. Johnson/Quiroz held strong and pinned up an 8-5 win over #22 Ore/Withrow, and USC was in the books with a 1-0 lead in the match. On court three, however, Aggies Angus/Lewis managed a 7-6 (5) tiebreak win over USC's Gomez/Hanfmann, and that would do it for doubles on the day.

    Steve Johnson seemed on a mission to hit that half-century winning run, as the senior punched up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Texas A&M's #27 Alexis Klegou on court one. He had two more teammates follow in stride with two more straight-set wins to ensure that USC's powerful streak grew ever larger. Senior #16 Daniel Nguyen showed his fortitude with a strong 6-4, 6-4 win over Colin Hoover at the No. 2 spot, and freshman #121 Roberto Quiroz represented USC's youth movement with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court six. His fellow freshman #30 Yannick Hanfmann didn't fare as well against John Lewis on court five, however, as Hanfmann took a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Lewis. With USC up 4-1 and the win in the books, the remaining two matches stretched to three sets. On court four, sophomore #41 Emilio Gomez had shrugged off a tough loss in the first set and rebounded in the next two to bounce to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback over Jeremy Efferding. At the No. 3 position, sophomore #24 Ray Sarmiento found himself in a battle after taking the first set, and wound up on the losing end of two tiebreakers to fall to Junior Ore 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.



    The USC men now return home to Marks Stadium for another nonconference clash, this one against Florida on Monday (March 19) at 3 p.m.

    #1 USC 5, #20 Texas A&M 2
    March 15, 2012 -- College Station, Texas
    (1) S. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) def. #22 Ore/Withrow (TAMU) -- 8-5
    (2) #21 Nguyen/Sarmiento (USC) def. Hoover/Klegou (TAMU) -- 8-3
    (3) Angus/Lewis (TAMU) def. Gomez/Hanfmann (USC) -- 7-6 (5)
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
    (1) #2 Steve Johnson (USC) def. #27 Alexis Klegou (TAMU) -- 6-2, 6-1
    (2) #16 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Colin Hoover (TAMU) -- 6-4, 6-4*
    (3) Junior Ore (TAMU) def. #24 Ray Sarmiento (USC) -- 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2)
    (4) #41 Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) -- 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
    (5) John Lewis (TAMU) def. #30 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) -- 6-3, 6-4
    (6) #121 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Niall Angus (TAMU) -- 6-2, 6-2
    Order of finish: 1, 6, 5, 2*, 4, 3