No. 4 USC Streaks Past Ole Miss 5-2
March 19, 2014
OXFORD, MISS. -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team pocketed its eighth straight victory today in making it a winning Spring Break for the Trojans on today's 5-2 decision over No. 45 host Ole Miss. USC peeled out of reach of the Rebels to secure the win, improving to 17-2 overall with the road victory.
"Great Spring Break for us," USC head coach Peter Smith said of the wins at Alabama and Ole Miss this week. "We got everything we were looking for. This really sets us up for the start of the Pac-12 season."
The Trojans made swift moves out ahead of Ole Miss, stringing together a flurry of singles wins to follow the doubles point locked onto by Hanfmann/Sarmiento and de Vroome/Johnson. The nation's No. 8 pairing of Hanfmann and Sarmiento spurred past their opponents on court one for an 8-3 win that was matched by teammates de Vroome and Johnson on court two.
USC's singles strength was made glaringly apparent by #64 Roberto Quiroz, who streaked to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Stefan Lindmark on court three to take the Trojans to a 2-0 lead. Ranked third in the nation in singles, senior Ray Sarmiento hit the gas with a 6-4, 6-1 win over #89 William Kallberg at the No. 2 spot to get USC poised for victory. The deciding blow came from #118 senior Michael Grant on court six, where he'd secure the win on a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Vinod Gowda to lock USC in at a 4-0 advantage.
Action kept rolling along on the remaining courts, with Ole Miss getting on the board with a comeback push on court four by Johan Backstrom, who passed up USC's Eric Johnson for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) decision that made it 4-1. Sophomore Max de Vroome fired back for the Trojans and made it 5-1 with his 7-6, 6-4 finish of Ricardo Jorge at the No. 5 spot. That put all eyes on the No. 1 match between USC's #11 Yannick Hanfmann and #44 Nik Schotz. The Rebel was able to fend off Hanfmann's bid for a third set and wrap up the match with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) decision that made it a 5-2 final score in USC's favor.
USC now heads back west for three matches next week. The Trojans will host San Diego State at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (March 25) before hitting the road once more to start up Pac-12 competition. USC visit Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 28) and then faces host Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 29).
#4 USC 5, #45 Ole Miss 2