Trojans Do Battle In NCAA Singles, With Doubles Up Tomorrow|
May 21, 2014
ATHENS, GA. -- After making USC history in winning the university's 100th NCAA Championship the previous night, Trojans Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmientocame up short in their individual bids today in the NCAA Singles Round of 64. The two national champs will, however, pair back up tomorrow (May 22) as the top-seeded team in the NCAA Doubles Championships, which kicks off Round of 32 competition tomorrow in Athens, Ga. Junior Jonny Wang, who was not in the lineup for NCAA team competition, won his NCAA Singles first-round matchup to move on in the singles draw while his teammates take up competition in doubles play.
Both Hanfmann and Sarmiento came in as 9-16 seeds in the singles draw, but both were up against players whose team competition had come to a close days ago. The NCAA Team Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, #9 senior Ray Sarmiento, was up against Duke's tough #44 Fred Saba. Saba took control of the match early and drummed up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sarmiento -- putting a stop to a five-match win streak held by the Trojan senior. Sarmiento wraps the season with a 24-10 overall singles record. In his Trojan career, Sarmiento went 125-41 overall in singles play.
Sarmiento's Trojan career is not yet over, though. Sarmiento and doubles teammate Hanfmann will pair up tomorrow in the NCAA Round of 32 at 5:30 p.m. ET. They will face North Florida's Findel-Hawkins/Nemcsek.
Hanfmann was just a breath away from pulling double duty tomorrow, taking his singles Round of 64 match to a third-set tiebreaker after falling in the first set and snagging a late break in the second to bring up the third. In his third-set breaker against Vanderbilt's #59 Ryan Lipman, #10 Hanfmann fought back to tie it up at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5 before Lipman made a late winning move to claim a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over the Trojan junior. That snapped a 10-match win streak held by USC's top gun, as Hanfmann finishes his 2013-14 campaign with a 24-6 overall singles record. He has gone 90-23 overall in singles play in his three seasons as a Trojan -- also having claimed a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team thanks to his powerful work on court one for the Trojans during NCAA team play.
Ranked #57 in the nation in singles, junior Jonny Wang scored a spot in the NCAA singles draw and made his mark with a first-round win today. Wang was solid in his bout against NC State's #56 Austin Powell, plowing this way to a 6-4, 6-3 win that propels Wang along as the lone Trojan soldier in the singles draw. He'll face #22 Shane Vinsant tomorrow in the singles Round of 32 at 1 p.m. ET.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (Athens, Ga.)
Round of 32 - May 21 #57 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. #22 Shane Vinsant (TEXAS A&M) - 1 p.m. ET