No. 2 USC Men Cruise To 5-0 Sweep of Arizona|
April 11, 2014
TUCSON, ARIZ. -- The No. 2 USC men's tennis team whipped up its 14th straight win with another swift shutout of a Pac-12 foe. This one came in a 5-0 sweep of host Arizona, who couldn't keep pace with the streaking Trojans as they snagged a quick doubles advantage and rolled right along to victory. A singles win from senior Michael Grant sealed the deal, improving USC's overall record to 23-2 along with a still-perfect 5-0 Pac-12 mark.
The Trojans rolled up a quick advantage by mirroring 8-2 wins on courts two and three in doubles play. Nick Crystal and Roberto Quiroz were the first to finish off their Wildcat foes on court two, and Michael Grant and Jonny Wang matched that tally at the No. 3 spot to secure a 1-0 lead for USC. To their credit, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson were poised for victory on court one, up 7-1 when doubles play came to a halt.
Junior Eric Johnson cruised to the first win of singles action as he finished off Will Kneale with a 6-1, 6-2 victory that notched a 2-0 advantage in the match. Freshman Nick Crystal would whip up the next one for the Trojans with a similarly speedy 6-3, 6-4 win on court four over Carlos Bermudez, providing a lift to a 3-0 lead. Next, it was #107 senior Michael Grant who slammed the door on another USC win. He plugged in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Trevor James from the No. 6 spot to bring USC the 4-0 victory. On court one, however, USC's #53 Roberto Quiroz and Arizona's Naoki Takeda were just a breath away from finishing their match. Both players agreed to play it out, resulting in a 6-3, 6-1 finish in favor of Quiroz to wrap the day's action and tally the junior's 14th consecutive singles win.
The Trojans now head over to Salt Lake City for a bout with Utah at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday (April 13).
#2 USC 5, Arizona 0