Trojans Pack Four Into NCAA Individual Action|
April 30, 2014
The USC men's tennis team not only boast the top seed into the coming NCAA Team Championships, the Trojans also are locked in with plenty of strength in individual action. Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento reign supreme as the top seeded pair in the NCAA Doubles Championships, with both also taking spots in the NCAA Singles Championships along with teammates Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang. All the action is set to kick off after the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga. NCAA Individual Championship play runs May 21-26 at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Hanfmann and Sarmiento also rank #1 in the nation in doubles together, boasting a 13-2 overall record together on the year. This will be Hanfmann's first NCAA Doubles appearance and the second for Sarmiento, who paired with Steve Johnson as a freshman with a first-round appearance. The top seeds in this year's doubles draw, Hanfmann and Sarmiento are aiming to replicate the efforts of USC's Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof, who won the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship -- the last Trojans to do so.
Ray Sarmiento is a veteran of NCAA Singles competition. A three-time ITA All-American in singles, the senior is now looking to delve even deeper into the NCAA draw. He has made two trips to the Round of 16 -- in his freshman and junior seasons -- with a Round of 32 visit in 2012. Ranked #10 in the nation in singles currently and with a 20-9 overall record, Sarmiento has picked up a 9-16 seed for the coming 2014 NCAA Singles Championships.
So, too, has Yannick Hanfmann, who holds a 20-5 overall singles record this year to date. The #13-ranked junior has a 9-16 seed in his pocket as he heads into his third appearance in the NCAA singles scene. He reached the Round of 16 last season as a sophomore and played in the first round as a freshman in 2012 -- the year he clinched the Trojans' fourth straight NCAA Team Championship. Now, he returns to Athens to pull double duty with his spots in singles and doubles alongside Sarmiento.
Junior Roberto Quiroz has secured his second trip into NCAA Singles competition. A doubles quarterfinalist with Steve Johnson as a freshman, Quiroz broke into the NCAA singles scene last year as a sophomore with a visit to the Round of 32. This year, Quiroz leads the Trojans in singles wins with a 29-4 overall record while ranking #43 in the nation as he preps for this year's NCAA action.
Scoring his first spot in NCAA Individual play is junior Jonny Wang, whose strong body of work in 2013-14 has lifted him to a #54 national ranking in singles to power him into this year's NCAA Singles draw. He holds a 20-7 overall singles record.