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.

    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.




    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

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

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