Men's Tennis
    Sarmiento Sweeps At Battle In The Bay
    JT Sundling, Michael Grant and Ray Sarmiento competed in San Francisco this weekend.
    JT Sundling, Michael Grant and Ray Sarmiento competed in San Francisco this weekend.

    Oct. 3, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - The USC men's tennis team got in some extra fall work this weekend in a tournament hosted by the University of San Francisco, and it was an especially successful start to the year for freshman Ray Sarmiento. The Trojan newcomer won four singles matches to claim the title at the Battle in the Bay, and combined forces with sophomore JT Sundling to win out in doubles action.

    Sarmiento picked up the No. 2 seed in the singles bracket for the weekend, and rolled through a string of straight-set wins to get into the title match against top-seeded Thai Tu from host USF. Sarmiento rallied back from a first-set loss and rolled out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 comeback to claim the singles crown.

    Meanwhile, teammates JT Sundling and Michael Grant also opened up the tourney with singles victories. Sundling would advance to the semis while Grant got to the quarters in singles play.

    On the doubles side, Sarmiento and Sundling had their toughest battle in the quarterfinal round, with the Trojan pair upending a duo from Pepperdine 9-7 to get to the semis. There, Sarmiento/Sundling topped a team from Pacific 8-6, and went on cruise control in the title match to take an 8-2 win over Cal's McLachlan/McLachlan pair and wrap up a successful trip to San Francisco for the Trojans.

     

     

    BATTLE IN THE BAY (San Francisco, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    Round of 16
    JT Sundling (USC) def. Ola Bakke (USF) - 7-6 (4), 6-2
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Tomasz Krzykowski (PAC) - 6-2, 6-0
    Michael Grant (USC) def. Richard Bucalem (USF) - 7-5, 6-2

    Quarterfinals
    JT Sundling (USC) def. Ben McLachlan (CAL) - 6-4, 7-5
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEP) - 6-2, 6-3
    [4] Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Michael Grant (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

    Semifinals
    [1] Thai Tu (USF) def. JT Sundling (USC) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [4] Riki McLachlan - 6-2, 7-5

    Final
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [1] Thai Tu (USF) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

    DOUBLES
    Quarterfinals
    [2] Sarmiento/Sundling (USC) def. Hovhannisyan/Turner (PEP) - 9-7

    Semifinals
    [2] Sarmiento/Sundling (USC) def. Gramma/Krykowski (PAC) - 8-6

    Final
    [2] Sarmiento/Sundling (USC) def. McLachlan/McLachlan (CAL) 8-2