No. 1 USC Men Deliver 6-1 Win Over No. 27 Ducks|
March 28, 2014
EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 1 USC men's tennis team keeps its lock on the top spot in the national rankings secure while taking a winning start to Pac-12 competition with today's 6-1 win over No. 27 host Oregon. The Ducks had entered the day's action with an 11-match win streak, but USC would be the team to keep its winning run intact as the Trojans emerged victorious and grabbed their 10th straight win. Now 19-2 overall, USC is 1-0 in Pac-12 play.
"It was a great environment," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "Oregon had an energized atmosphere on and off the court. We keep answering the bell, every time, with smart and disciplined play."
The Trojans secured the early advantage by muscling their way through double play on two strong wins. The nation's #5 pairing of Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento would drum up the first win of the day on an 8-3 decision on court one over Oregon's Cambier/Farin. Those players would see each other again during single play, but first USC had one more doubles win to pin up to get to the singles scene. On court three, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson took care of business and locked up an 8-5 win over Amos/Sardu to bring USC a 1-0 lead.
That doubles duo would break up and bring home the first two singles wins of the day next. #100 Max de Vroome cruised past Daniel Sardu first on court four, netting a 6-2, 6-4 win to make it a 2-0 Trojan lead. Eric Johnson followed suit, blasting Joey Swaysland 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 5 slot to bump USC up 3-0. That's when #12 Yannick Hanfmann came through with the clincher on a smooth 6-4, 6-4 win over one of his doubles foes, Kevin Farin, on court one. Sarmiento would not fare as well against the other half of that Duck doubles duo, #110 Robin Cambier, however. After Michael Grant built the Trojan lead to 5-0 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 comeback effort against Jayson Amos, #3 Sarmiento would come up on the wrong end of a comeback push on court two. Cambier was able to rally out of a one-set hole, upsetting Sarmiento with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win that notched a point on the board for host Oregon. The last word came from the Trojans, though. #56 Roberto Quiroz plugged away on court three for a 7-5, 7-5 win over Daan Maasland to wrap the day's action as a 6-1 USC victory.
The Trojans now shoot over to Seattle to take on Washington in a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday (March 29) to continue Pac-12 play.
#1 USC 6, #27 Oregon 1