Women's Tennis
    Trojans Aim For National Indoor Singles Sweep

    Nov. 6, 2010

    USC's top guns on the men's and women's courts have swept through to the championship singles matches at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. Senior Maria Sanchez gutted out a three-setter in her semifinal match today to propel herself into the women's final at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Meanwhile, junior Steve Johnson tore through his semifinal match to shove his way into the men's title match.

    No. 7 seeded Maria Sanchez went up against another higher seeded opponent in today's semifinals, facing No. 6 Allie Will of Florida, who had just upset the tournament's top seed in the quarterfinals. Sanchez held tough in the first set to win that one, and although Will pulled through to take the second set, Sanchez dug in and took no prisoners in the third set, tacking up a 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 win to earn her place in the championship. Sanchez will take on a familiar foe in tomorrow's title match, facing No. 2 seed Jana Juricova, who she clashed with several times last season.

    On the men's side, Johnson jumped through the semis with relative ease in handing out a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ohio State's Blaz Rola today. Johnson's semifinal win sets up another Trojan-Tennessee national championship bout. USC and Tennessee clashed in team play in last year's NCAA championship match, where USC beat the Vols to claim back-to-back NCAA team crowns for the Trojans. Johnson and Rhyne Williams didn't square off on the singles courts that day, but the pair would meet days later during the NCAA singles competition. Williams got the best of Johnson that day in the Round of 16, making this rematch sure to be hotly contested. Johnson stands tall as the defending National Indoor singles champion on the way into tomorrow's title match against Tennessee's Williams.

     

     

    Johnson's teammates are also in action on the other side of the country. While Johnson aims for back-to-back National Indoor titles in New York, the USC men are engaged in action at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in Westwood. It was a day of Trojan semifinals across the country, as Jaak Poldma had a semifinal clash with UC Santa Barbara's Alex Konigsfeldt today. No. 4 seeded Poldma forced his way past Konigsfeldt to register a 6-3, 6-2 win that puts the senior in the title match tomorrow against UCLA's Max Ta Ba Truong.

    Poldma's semifinal match today followed a morning doubles bout for Poldma alongside teammate JT Sundling. The No. 2 seeded doubles team put Poldma a step toward another round of double duty, as Poldma/Sundling rang up an 8-3 win against their Gaucho opponents. That sends the Trojans to the championship match tomorrow against top-seeded Pepperdine pair Clarke/Llompart.

    Full SoCal Intercollegiate scores for the Trojans are below.

    2010 USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
    (USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center - Flushing, N.Y.)

    MEN'S SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Nov. 4
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) def. Will Spencer (UGA) -- 6-2, 6-4

    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) def. Enej Bonin (DEN) -- 6-1, 6-0

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) def. Austen Childs (LOU) -- 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4

    Semifinals - Nov. 6
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) def. Blaz Rola (OhSt) -- 6-1, 6-4

    Championship - Nov. 7
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) vs. Rhyne Williams (TENN)

    WOMEN'S SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Nov. 4
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Nina Secerbegovic (BAY) -- 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
    [5] Denise Dy (WASH) def. Danielle Lao (USC) -- 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Josipa Bek (CLEM) -- 7-6 (5), 6-2

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. [4] Denise Muresan (MICH) -- 6-2, 6-2

    Semifinals - Nov. 6
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. [6] Allie Will (Fla) -- 7-5, 4-6, 6-0

    Championship - Nov. 7
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) vs. Ariel Ellis (UT) or [2] Jana Juricova (CAL)

    WOMEN'S DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Nov. 4
    Pulido/Ramos (USC) def. Novakova/Secerbegovic (BAY) -- 8-1

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    [3] Bek/Wong (CLEM) def. Pulido/Ramos (USC) -- 9-8 (2)

    2010 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    (Westwood, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Nov. 4
    Michael Grant (USC) def. Steven Henderson (UCI) -- 6-4, 6-4
    [5] Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Quoc Doan (UCR) -- 6-2, 6-1
    Warren Hardie (UCLA) def. JT Sundling (USC) -- 6-3, 6-4
    [4] Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Nils Schive (USD) -- 6-3, 6-2
    [5] Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Daniel Simko (LMU) -- 6-1, 6-1

    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    Max Ta Ba Truong (UCLA) def. Michael Grant (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2
    [5] Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) -- 6-1, 6-4
    [4] Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Clay Thompson (UCLA) -- 6-7, 7-6, 7-6
    Jenson Turner (PEP) def. [5] Ray Sarmiento (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    [3] Alex Llompart (PEP) def. [5] Peter Lucassen (USC) -- 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    [4] Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Warren Hardie (UCLA) -- 7-6, 7-5

    Semifinals - Nov. 6
    [4] Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) -- 6-3, 6-2

    Championship - Nov. 7
    [4] Jaak Poldma (USC) vs. Max Ta Ba Truong (UCLA)

    DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Nov. 4
    [4] Lucassen/Sarmiento (USC) def. Gottshall/Zapala (LMU) -- 8-5
    [2] Poldma/Sundling (USC) def. Apelt/Hoefnagels (APU) -- 9-7

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    Kawka/Urbina (BYU) def. [4] Lucassen/Sarmiento (USC) -- 8-6
    [2] Poldma/Sundling (USC) def. Elliott/West (UCSD) -- 8-5

    Semifinals - Nov. 6
    [2] Poldma/Sundling (USC) def. Konigsfeldt/Recknagel (UCSB) -- 8-3

    Championship - Nov. 7
    [2] Poldma/Sundling (USC) vs. [1] Clarke/Llompart (PEP)

    CONSOLATION SINGLES
    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    JT Sundling (USC) def. Evan Teufel (UCLA) -- 6-0, 6-1

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 6
    JT Sundling (USC) vs. Erik Elliott (UCSD) -- 10 a.m.