Hanfmann & Sarmiento Claim ITA All-American Status|
June 4, 2014
Already adorned with a collection of NCAA Championship rings, USC's Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann have also collected a hefty set of individual honors. The most recent additions to the Trojans' honor rolls is dual status as ITA All-Americans, having secured the awards for both singles and doubles this season. It's the first career ITA All-American doubles honor for Hanfmann and Sarmiento, who combined forces as the top-ranked and top-seeded pair in the NCAA Doubles Tournament this year and who finish the season ranked No. 4 in the nation as a doubles power pair. The two also shined in singles play, earning 9-16 seeds into NCAA Singles play and upgrading their status in the final rankings. Senior Sarmiento finishes up his final season as a Trojan not only with three NCAA crowns but as the nation's No. 7 ranked singles player. Junior Hanfmann now boasts two NCAA team titles, and bows out of the 2014 season ranked No. 5 in the land in singles.
Now a five-time ITA All-American (four singles, one doubles), Sarmiento also earned accolades with Hanfmann as the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year and secured a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team for the third straight season. Named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Sarmiento won four straight matches at the No. 2 position in taking the Trojans through the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals and issued two top-10 takedowns to punch up Trojan victories in the Semifinals and NCAA Championship matches. In all, the standout senior went 24-10 overall in singles play this season, going 18-7 in dual matches. He closes his illustrious USC career with a 125-41 overall singles record and a 95-29 mark in doubles play. Sarmiento also recently was honored as the 2014 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Southwest Region Sportsmanship and Leadership Award recipient.
In doubles, Hanfmann and Sarmiento spent the bulk of the season in the nation's top-10 before working up to #1 in April to help the junior-senior duo lock in as the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. Together, Hanfmann/Sarmiento posted a 15-4 overall record and went 15-3 in dual matches playing full-time at the No. 1 position.
Hanfmann's 2014 singles and doubles ITA All-American honors adds to the singles All-American status he earned last season. in his junior season, Hanfmann went 24-6 overall in singles with an 18-4 mark in dual matches. Named the 2014 Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year, Hanfmann began his junior season by winning the ITA Southwest Region Singles Championship. Later, playing largely at the No. 1 position throughout the year, Hanfmann hit his stride there in late March, when he began to string together a win streak that carried him deep into the postseason. Six straight singles wins at the No. 1 spot turned into 10 in a row as Hanfmann went undefeated at that position during the NCAA Tournament. His upset of #6 Alex Domijan of Virginia was the clincher for USC in the NCAA Semifinals, and he'd take down another top-10 opponent in #5 Guillermo Alcorta in the NCAA title match to help lock the Trojans in with the 2014 national championship. Hanfmann was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the No. 1 singles position and was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week in 2014.
USC's two ITA All-Americans for 2014, Hanfmann and Sarmiento lead a powerful pack of Trojans in the final ITA rankings. Senior Michael Grant wraps his Trojan career alongside Sarmiento, locked in the national rankings for both singles and doubles for the first time in his career. Also holding singles rankings are juniors Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang as well as the 2014 NCAA Championship clincher, sophomore Max de Vroome. Freshman Nick Crystal is paired with Grant with a spot in the final doubles rankings. See below for the complete list of USC's final 2014 ITA national rankings.
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