No. 2 USC Men Clamp Down On No. 18 Cal With 4-0 Win
April 5, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's tennis team is cruising right along on a powerful 13-match winning streak thanks to another shutout victory today over a Pac-12 opponent. The Trojans were all business against visiting No. 18 California, hammering home the doubles point early and then tacking up three straight-set singles wins to seal the 4-0 sweep. USC improves to 22-2 overall and is a perfect 4-0 in Pac-12 play with todays win at Marks Stadium.
"We played some great tennis this weekend," USC head coach Peter Smith said of the Trojans' 7-0 win over Stanford and 4-0 win over Cal. "It's a great start to the Pac-12 season. We've had different guys step up each match, and that's good to see. Ray and Eric led the team today. Our doubles has been so solid; Nick Crystal has really embraced his role."
On court two doubles, freshman Nick Crystal and junior Roberto Quiroz got the job done with authority in a smooth 8-3 win over Cal's #67 Goransson/McLachlan. At the No. 3 spot, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson stayed the course for an 8-6 win over Bergevi/Engsted, and the Trojans had a 1-0 lead in the books.
The Bears were able to snag first-set advantages on three courts in singles play, but the Trojans made the most of their leads in the other three matches. On court two, USC's #3 Ray Sarmiento found his groove and toppled #89 Campbell Johnson with a swift 6-0, 6-1 victory. At the No. 5 spot, Eric Johnson padded the Trojan lead out to 3-0 on a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Gregory Bayane. Third sets were looming on two courts at that point, but #56 Roberto Quiroz put a stop to things with his 7-5, 6-4 clincher over Filip Bergevi on court three. The 4-0 advantage was locked in for USC, and the remainder of play was suspended as the Trojans emerged victorious. The singles win for Quiroz was the 13th consecutive for the junior.
USC now hits the road next week for a two-state trip through Arizona and Utah. The Trojans will face the Cougars at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 11) in Tucson before heading to take on the Utes at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday (April 13) in Salt Lake City.
#2 USC 4, #18 California 0