Johnson Hits 50 As Trojans Win Again
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