No. 4 USC Men Wrap Up No. 31 Washington 6-1|
April 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team took another strong step ahead of the Pac-12 pack with a 6-1 win over visiting No. 31 Washington today at Marks Stadium. A string of singles wins sealed the deal once again, with Jonny Wang charging up for the clincher from court six. The Trojans go to 22-2 overall and take a 5-0 mark in Pac-12 play with today's victory.
The Trojans ripped their way through to the doubles point with two strong wins to start the day. On court one, USC's #39 Hanfmann/Sarmiento created some early room on their Husky opponents, taking a 4-0 lead en route to an 8-2 victory. On the other end of Marks Stadium, USC pair de Vroome/Johnson dug themselves out of a 1-3 hole and surrendered only one more game the rest of the way to steal away an 8-4 victory that locked in the first point for the Trojans. On court two, USC's #53 Gomez/Quiroz were tangled in a tighter battle with Washington's Egger/Hawke. They'd go the distance in that one. Quiroz held serve to make it a 7-5 advantage, and Gomez would serve it out to bring up singles play with an 8-6 win.
The hottest hand of the day was #75 Eric Johnson, who hammered home a dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Viktor Farkas at the no. 5 spot to light the spark for the Trojans. Over on court three, #48 Yannick Hanfmann hauled in the last straight games of his matchup with Mac Manthou, taking up a 6-3, 6-1 win to lift USC ahead 3-0. The clincher was up for grabs then, with #11 Ray Sarmiento and #90 Jonny Wang each poised with simultaneous match points. Wang closed it out first, topping Nicholas Kamisar 6-3, 6-2 to register the 4-0 lead for the Trojans. Moments later, Sarmiento also proved himself too tough for the Huskies as he finished off Marton Bots 6-1, 6-2. After that quick run to a 5-0 advantage, two matches were still underway. At the No. 4 spot, #34 Roberto Quiroz flexed his muscle to the tune of a 6-4, 6-2 win over Emmett Egger. That left USC's #5 Emilio Gomez entrenched in a true battle with Washington's #17 Kyle McMorrow. McMorrow had stolen away the first set in a tiebreaker, but Gomez answered back and won the last three games of the second set to force the match into a deciding 10-point tiebreaker. McMorrow proved to have a better tiebreak game in this one, however. The Husky would take the win with a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) decision that put a point on the board for Washington to finish it as a 6-1 USC victory.
The Trojans now turn to take on rival UCLA in their Pac-12 regular-season finale. USC will head to Westwood next week in a battle of two teams undefeated in conference play. The Trojans and the Bruins are set to square off at 3 p.m. on Friday (April 19) in Westwood.
#4 USC 6, #31 Washington 1