Steve Johnson Reigns Supreme In Ojai
May 1, 2011
OJAI, CALIF. - USC junior Steve Johnson has made a home for himself in the Pac-10 history books, becoming the third Trojan in the past four years to sweep at the Pac-10 Championships. Johnson swept through the 2011 Pac-10 Singles bracket with nonstop straight-set wins, capped with today's redemption in the title match to claim the Pac-10 singles crown. A few hours later, he was rounding out his day by holding aloft the Pac-10 Doubles trophy as well, joining with freshman Ray Sarmiento to capture the doubles championship in Ojai, Calif.
In doing so, Johnson joins Robert Farah (2010) and Kaes Van't Hof (2008) as the latest Trojans to make a Pac-10 sweep with doubles and singles titles in Ojai. Johnson paired up with Farah last year in doubles play to claim the 2010 crown, and today the junior successfully defended that title with teammate Ray Sarmiento by his side. Johnson and Sarmiento put the finishing touches on a winning day with a resounding 6-1, 6-2 championship win over UCLA's Hardie/Inbar in the title match.
Johnson had opened the day with a bigtime win in the singles championship match. There, he faced rival Bradley Klahn of Stanford for the fifth time this season. Klahn could claim a couple big wins over Johnson in previous tournament title matches, most recently at the 2011 Sherwood Collegiate Championship and most notoriously in the 2009 Pac-10 Singles Championship match. But Johnson had pinned up three consecutive straight-set wins over Klahn in their last three meetings, and the USC junior also was toting a 24-match singles win streak into today's 2011 singles bout.
Both streaks are still intact. Johnson eked out a tiebreaker in the first set, then flexed some muscle against Klahn in the second and powered to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory to stand tall as USC's newest Pac-10 singles champion and set the stage for a dominant day for the Trojans.
Next on the agenda for the No. 2 USC men's team is the announcement of the 2011 NCAA bracket, which will take place on Tuesday (May 3) in a 2:30 p.m. PT selection show broadcast at ncaa.com.
Complete USC results at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships are below.
TROJANS IN 2011 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
SINGLES -- Championship Bracket
 #43 Daniel Nguyen
 #56 Ray Sarmiento
DOUBLES -- Championship Bracket