No. 4 USC Men Find Vengeance In 4-0 Sweep of No. 20 Tulsa In Indian Wells|
March 20, 2015
INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team got right down to business in its rematch with Tulsa. The Trojans made sure to tidy things up this time around, giving up no ground to the Hurricanes, who had pulled off the shocking upset when the teams classed last month. Today in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Tennis Challenge, No. 4 USC drummed up a 4-0 shutout of No. 20 Tulsa with a powerful stand in doubles and then a string of straight-set decisions to avenge things and improve to 13-2 overall.
USC blew open the gates with a forceful push to the doubles point, notching 6-3 wins on courts three and one for an early advantage. USC's Nick Crystal and Thibault Forget rang up the first win of the day from the No. 3 spot, and then USC's #4 pairing of seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz replicated that effort with a win over Kirby/Ram-Harel at the No. 1 position, leaving USC's #50 Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson leading 4-1 on court two over Tulsa's #53 Bautista/Espejo to bring up singles action.
Senior Jonny Wang was in winning form once again, up against Tulsa's Matthew Kirby as he was last month. # 35 Wang had Kirby's number this time, too, pinning up USC's first singles win again to tug the Trojans to a 2-0 lead on his dominating 6-2, 6-0 decision. Fellow senior Eric Johnson had been out of the singles lineup when the Trojans and the Hurricanes last met, but Johnson was raring to go in this one. His opponent at the No. 3 spot -- Juan Matias Gonzalez -- also had not competed in the last match. Johnson would whip up a 6-1, 6-4 win to pump the Trojans to a 3-0 lead in this one, setting up junior Max de Vroome for the early clincher. At the No. 5 spot, #50 de Vroome was matched up against Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard. The Trojan junior stayed focused and effective as he delivered a 6-2, 6-2 win that wrapped the action with a prompt 4-0 victory for USC.
That suspended play on the remaining three courts, where USC's #8 Yannick Hanfmann and #20 Roberto Quiroz were looking for revenge of their own against Tulsa's #71 Or Ram-Harel and #100 Alejandro Espejo, respectively. USC's #51 sophomore Nick Crystal was inserted in the lineup at the No. 6 spot, where he was doing battle with Tulsa's Carlos Bautista when action came to a close.
USC will now face either No. 3 Baylor or BYU tomorrow (March 21) at 2 p.m. in the semifinals of the event in Indian Wells.
BNP Paribas Collegiate Tennis Challenge
#4 USC 4, #20 Tulsa 0