No. 1 USC Men Swamp No. 10 Florida 6-1|
March 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC men's tennis team plowed through another top-10 opponent today in taking down No. 10 Florida with a 6-1 victory at Marks Stadium. The streaking Trojans claimed their 38th straight win with today's victory, and improved to 18-0 in 2012. Senior Steve Johnson also keeps rolling along with his singles streak strongly intact at 51 in a row as he notched his 45th consecutive dual-match singles win on a straight-set victory on court one.
Johnson's 6-1, 6-2 win over Florida's #61 Bob van Overbeek was the opener to USC's singles success on the day. The Trojans had made short work of the Gators on the doubles courts with lopsided victories down the line to give USC a 1-0 advantage in the match before getting the win with a 4-0 lead on singles play. Johnson and partner Roberto Quiroz were all business in doubles on court one before splitting up for singles and rocking out two quick singles wins for the Trojans as well. Johnson/Quiroz plugged in an 8-1 win in doubles over Florida's #8 Federhof/Slilam for a quick exit from the doubles courts. But their hard-earned rest wasn't too long after all, as their teammates also powered through solid wins to push into singles play. Emilio Gomez and Yannick Hanfmann topped Florida's #74 Butz/Overbeek 8-3 from the No. 3 spot to haul in the first point of the day, and #21 Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento teamed up on court two for an 8-2 win over #26 Carleton/Newman.
Back on the singles courts, Johnson's win over van Overbeek made it 2-0, and Quiroz pulled it to 3-0 on a 6-2, 6-3 win over Billy Federhof over on court six. His fellow freshman Yannick Hanfmann took control next with a 7-5, 6-2 clincher over Florent Diep at the No. 5 spot, and USC's 38th straight win was in the books. Florida's only point of the match came from court four, where #93 Spencer Newman had a good day against USC's #41 Emilio Gomez in capturing a 6-2, 6-3 win that made it 4-1. That left 10-point tiebreakers going on the remaining two courts, and those Trojans were both up to the task of making it a winning day. #24 Ray Sarmiento had fallen behind in a second-set tiebreakers with #57 Tripper Carleton, but the Trojan sophomore turned the tide in the third-set decider. Sarmiento would turn a 5-4 advantage in the tiebreak into a 9-4 lead, and pushed on to wrap up his win with a -2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10-5) decision that made it a 5-1 USC lead. The last to leave the courts on the day was USC senior Daniel Nguyen, who had stumbled in his first set before powering out of reach of #56 Nassim Slilam on court two. Nguyen left Slilam far behind in his 10-point tiebreaker to hone in on a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2) comeback win that wrapped up the match for the Trojans.
The USC men now have a week off of matches before resuming action at Marks Stadium with another nonconference clash. On Monday (March 26), the Trojans will take on Boise State at 3 p.m. before jumping into Pac-12 action later next week.
#1 USC 6, #10 Florida 1