Men's Tennis
    Two Trojans Qualify For ITA Men's All-American Main Draw
    Michael Grant grabbed three wins in qualifying to advance to tomorrow's main draw.
    Michael Grant grabbed three wins in qualifying to advance to tomorrow's main draw.

    Oct. 2, 2013

    TULSA, OKLA. -- The USC men's tennis team will be loaded up with four Trojans competing in the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Men's Championships singles main draw thanks to a winning push through qualifying by Michael Grant and Jonny Wang. The pair pinned up three wins apiece during qualifying competition in Tulsa, Okla., each capping their efforts with a three-set victory today in crunch time. Main draw action is set to run Oct. 3-6 in Tulsa, Okla.

    Grant and Wang were two of four Trojans competing in the qualification rounds this week. Junior #58 Eric Johnson took a loss in the opening round, while sophomore Max de Vroome pulled out a three-setter in his first-round match before taking a tumble in round two. Senior #80 Michael Grant, meanwhile, pinned up back-to-back straight-set wins to reach the all-important third round, where he today topped VCU's Alexis Huegas 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to punch his ticket to the main draw. Junior #63 Jonny Wang won in straight sets to start things off, and then beat two ranked opponents, including today's 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback effort over #83 Nick Chappell of TCU to advance.

    Already set up with main draw singles slots were senior #8 Ray Sarmiento and junior #25 Roberto Quiroz. Sarmiento is seeded No. 7 for the action, opening up against Texas A&M's qualifier #56 Shane Vinsant. Quiroz will line up against No. 10 seed #12 Japie DeKlerk of Tulsa. Grant has a showdown with No. 3 seeded #4 Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt, and Wang faces No. 2 seed #3 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State.

     

     

    2013 SAINT FRANCIS HEALTH SYSTEM ITA MEN'S ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Tulsa, Okla.)

    QUALIFYING SINGLES
    First Round - Sept. 30
    Chris Helliar (UAB) def. #58 Eric Johnson (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
    #63 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU) - 6-2, 6-4
    #80 Michael Grant (USC) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) - 6-4, 6-3
    Max de Vroome (USC) def. Constantin Christ (OhSt) - 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3

    Second Round - Oct. 1
    #63 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Tim Kopinski (ILL) - 6-2, 7-6 (5)
    #80 Michael Grant (USC) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) - 6-4, 6-1
    Andrew Harris (OKLA) def. Max de Vroome (USC) - 7-5, 7-5

    Third Round - Oct. 2
    #63 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Nick Chappell (TCU) - 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
    #80 Michael Grant (USC) def. Alexis Huegas (VCU) - 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

    QUALIFYING DOUBLES
    First Round - Oct. 1
    de Vroome/Wang (USC) - bye

    Second Round - Oct. 1
    Lammons/Sanders (SMU) def. de Vroome/Wang (USC) - 8-2