No. 4 USC Men Open Season With Shutout Of Santa Clara

    Eric Johnson was a force in singles and doubles today for the Trojans.

    Jan. 25, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC's men's tennis team opened up its season with a win today at Marks Stadium against Santa Clara in first-round action of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The No. 4 Trojans didn't drop a set en route to a 4-0 sweep of the unranked Broncos.

    The Trojans off to a strong start with swift doubles play on court three. Junior Eric Johnson and sophomore Max de Vroome brought energy right out of the gate, helping them take down Santa Clara's Jesse Ross and Mikheil Khmiadashvilli 6-0 to open up the match.

    On court two, junior Roberto Quiroz and freshman Connor Farren followed suit, delivering Santa Clara's Sam Bertram and Ashot Khacharyan a 6-1 loss.

    This suspended play on the top court, where senior Ray Sarmiento and junior Yannick Hanfmann held the lead over the Broncos' John Lamble and Ilya Osintsev, 4-2.

    The experimental set of rules put in place for the tournament by the ITA, which mandated only a six-game set in doubles with no-ad scoring (rather than the typical eight-game set), played a part in wrapping up doubles action in less than 20 minutes.

    Sarmiento, ranked 10th nationally in singles, sat out for the rest of the match, allowing No. 32 Hanfmann to step into the top slot, but it would be the unranked Trojans who carried the team the rest of the way.

    Johnson continued his dominant day, taking down Santa Clara's Logan Chun, 6-1, 6-2 on court six.

    Farren, a spring enrollee who has been at USC for less than a month, made an auspicious debut in his first singles match as Marks Stadium, increasing USC's lead with a 6-0, 6-2 smothering of Santa Clara's Khmiadashvilli.



    Farren's win increased USC's lead to 3-0 over the Broncos, opening the door for de Vroome to clinch the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Santa Clara's Jesse Ross.

    USC will face No. 63 Wichita State in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship tomorrow (Jan. 26) at Marks Stadium at 1 p.m.

    ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND (Los Angeles, Calif. • Marks Stadium)
    Round 1 - Jan. 25
    #4 USC 4, Santa Clara 0
    (1) Hanfmann/Sarmiento (USC) vs. Lamble/Osintsev (SCU) - 4-2 susp.
    (2) Farren/Quiroz (USC) def. Bertram/Khacharyan (SCU) - 6-1
    (3) de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. Khmiadashvili/Ross (SCU) - 6-0
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 2
    (1) Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. John Lamble (SCU) - 6-2, 4-3 susp.
    (2) Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. Ilya Osintsev (SCU) - 6-3, 1-3 susp.
    (3) Connor Farren (USC) def. Mikheil Khmiadashvili (SCU) - 6-0, 6-2
    (4) Max de Vroome (USC) def. Jesse Ros (SCU) - 6-2, 6-1*
    (5) Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Sam Bertrams (SCU) - 6-2, 2-3 susp.
    (6) Eric Johnson (USC) def. Logan Chun (SCU) - 6-1, 6-2
    Order of finish: 6, 3, 4

    #63 Wichita State 4, #64 Georgia State 3
    (1) Gregurovic/Ostojiv (WSU) def. Cook/Jaworski (GSU) - 6-2
    (2) Chevallier/Schulze (GSU) def. De Vilchez/Nicol (WSU) 6-4
    (3) Baum/Koecke (GSU) def. Cuic/Devilliers (WSU) - 6-5
    Georgia State wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
    (1) Ilija Cuic (WSU) def. Thomas Cook (GSU) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
    (2) Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Felipe Jaworski (GSU) - 6-4, 5-6, 6-5
    (3) Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU) def. Janis Koeke (GSU) - 6-2, 6-0*
    (4) Robert Schulze (GSU) def. Guillermo Nicol (WSU) - 5-6, 6-1, 6-4
    (5) Guillermo De Vilchez (WSU) def. Eric Baum (GSU) - 6-3, 6-2, 6-5
    (6) Sofiane Chevallier (GSU) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) - 6-3, 6-1
    Order of finish: 2, 6, 1, 5, 4, 3