Men's Tennis
    Ray Sarmiento Surges To ITA Regional Championship
    Ray Sarmiento is the 2011 ITA Southwest Regional Singles champion.
    Ray Sarmiento is the 2011 ITA Southwest Regional Singles champion.

    Oct. 24, 2011

    MALIBU, CALIF. -- USC's Ray Sarmiento topped off his tear through the ITA Southwest Regional Championships with yet another straight-set victory to claim the singles title for the Trojan sophomore today in Malibu. Up against an upset-minded Francis Alcantara of Fresno State, Sarmiento served up a solid 6-4, 6-3 win to become the first Trojan to win a regional singles title in over a decade.

    The No. 2 seed in the tourney, Sarmiento never gave up more than four games in a set to anyone but No. 3 seeded Finn Tearney of host Pepperdine during the semifinals. In today's title match with Alcantara, Sarmiento was similarly dominant as he picked up his sixth consecutive straight-set win of the year to bring a long-awaited regional championship to Troy. No Trojan has won a singles title at the ITA regionals since Andrew Park went back-to-back in the 1999 and 2000 regional tournaments.

    Complete USC results in Malibu are below:

    ITA MEN'S SOUTHWEST REGIONALS (Malibu, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    First Round -- Oct. 20
    [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) -- bye
    Corey Smith (USC) def. Jeremy Quirox (FrSt) -- 6-4, 6-2
    Jonny Wang (USC) def. Thorsen Bertsch (SDSU) -- 6-4, 6-4
    [8] Emilio Gomez (USC) -- bye
    Eric Johnson (USC) -- bye
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) -- bye

     

     

    Round of 64 -- Oct. 20
    [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. Mons Knudtzon (UCSB) -- 6-0, 6-3
    [7] Nikola Bubnic (USD) Corey Smith (USC) -- 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
    [15] Francis Alcantara (FrSt) def. Jonny Wang (USC) -- 6-0, 6-3
    [8] Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Marco Comuzzo (CP) -- 6-3, 6-3
    Eric Johnson (USC) def. vs. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) -- 6-3, 6-0
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Jordan Bridge (CP) -- 6-0, 6-3

    Round of 32 -- Oct. 21
    [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. [17] Fabian Matthews (UCI) -- 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
    [8] Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Warren Hardie (UCLA) -- 7-6, 6-1
    Eric Johnson (USC) def. [17] Mathieu Forget (UCSB) -- 6-4, 6-4
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Jacob Jung (UCI) -- 6-1, 6-2

    Round of 16 -- Oct. 21
    [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. [1] Sebastian Fanselow (PEP) -- 6-4, 6-4
    [10] Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEP) def. [8] Emilio Gomez (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2
    [9] Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Eric Johnson (USC) -- 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [17] Hugh Clarke (PEP) -- 6-4, 6-4

    Quarterfinals -- Oct. 22
    [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. [6] Nikola Bubnic (USD) -- 6-4, 6-4
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [9] Clarke Spinosa (USD) -- 6-2, 6-3

    Semifinals -- Oct. 23
    [15] Francis Alcantara (FrSt) def. [12] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) -- 6-3, 6-3
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [3] Finn Tearney (PEP) -- 7-5, 6-1

    Championship -- Oct. 24
    [2] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. [15] Francis Alcantara (FrSt) -- 6-4, 6-3

    DOUBLES
    Round of 64 -- Oct. 20
    [3] Hanfmann/Nguyen (USC) -- bye
    [5] Gomez/Sarmiento (USC) -- bye
    E. Johnson/Wang (USC) def. Goncalves/Mirkin (PAC) -- 8-2

    Round of 32 -- Oct. 21
    [3] Hanfmann/Nguyen (USC) def. Gelbrich/Nicholas (SDSU) -- 8-4
    [5] Gomez/Sarmiento (USC) def. Leslie/Papac (FrSt) -- 8-4
    [9] Cheung/Matthews (UCI) def. E. Johnson/Wang (USC) -- 8-4

    Round of 16 -- Oct. 22
    [3] Hanfmann/Nguyen (USC) def. [9] Hardie/Thompson (UCLA) -- 8-2
    [5] Gomez/Sarmiento (USC) def. Moss/Sofaer (PEP) -- 8-2

    Quarterfinals -- Oct. 22
    [6] Alcantara/Boutillier (FrSt) def. [3] Hanfmann/Nguyen -- 8-3
    [9] Bubnic/Visy (USD) def. [5] Gomez/Sarmiento (USC) -- 8-3