No. 6 USC Bounces Back With A 5-2 Victory Over San Diego

    Nick Crystal clinched the match for the Trojans in his three set victory over USD's Ciaran Firtzgerald.
    March 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - No. 6 USC will be returning to Troy with a victory after they traveled down south to San Diego, Calif. on Thursday, March 5 to face No. 32 San Diego. The Trojans claimed a decisive 5-2 win over the Toreros. After coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Tulsa, the Trojans were ready to make a comeback. The Trojans are now 11-2 overall, and ready to fight their way back to that No. 1 ranking.

    USC claimed the first win of the day as the No. 2 duo of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz defeated USD's Angus/Vittek 6-3. The Toreros answered with a win of their own as USC's Tanner Smith and Thibault Forget fell to Torero pair of Fitzgerald/Fosso. The action was now focused on court two, where it came down to a tie breaker. The Torero twosome of Kalaydjian/Petronijevic beat No. 30 Trojans Eric Johnson and Max de Vroome 7-6(6) in a competitive set to secure the doubles point.

    Entering the singles portion of the competition down 0-1 lit a fire under the Trojans. On court four, USC's No. 31 Jonny Wang closed out USD's Jordan Angus 6-2, 6-4 for the first Trojan point of the day. Almost immediately after, No. 72 Max de Vroome collected a 6-3, 6-3 win over Torero opponent, Geoffrey Fosso. This win pushed the Trojans ahead 2-1.

    Not long after, No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann fell to USD's No. 115 Uros Petronijevic 7-6(6), 6-2. This was Hanfmann's second singles loss of the season. With the score now tied at 2-2, the Trojans needed to gain momentum and earn points. Trojan No. 20 Roberto Quiroz was just the person to drive the energy back into USC's favor. He defeated USD's No. 68 Filip Vittek 7-6(6), 6-2.



    With the Trojans now holding a slight 3-2 lead, it was vital to make the final push to close out the match. On court six, USC's No. 45 Nick Crystal was locked in a heated battle. After dropping the first set to Torero Ciaran Firtzgerald 3-6, he fought back and won the next two sets 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Trojans.

    With only one match left in competition, court six featuring USC's Eric Johnson and USD's Jordan Angus would finish playing even through the match was clinched. Johnson took the first set, 7-6(4), but lost the second one 4-6. The Trojan ended up having the final word as Johnson won the third set 6-2 to secure a 5-2 overall win for USC.

    The Trojans will remain in San Diego this weekend to compete at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. from Friday March 6 through Sunday March 8. USC's next dual match will have them defending their home court versus UCLA as the Bruins travel across town for a televised rivalry match on Saturday, March 14.

    #6 USC 5, #32 San Diego 2
    March 5, 2015 - San Diego, Calif.
    (1) #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. Angus/Vittek (USD) - 6-3
    (2) Kalaydjian/Petronijevic (USD) def. Johnson/de Vroome (USC) - 7-6(6)
    (3) Fitzgerald/Fosso (USD) def. Smith/Forget (USC) - 7-5
    USD wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*
    (1) #115 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) - 7-6(2), 6-2
    (2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #68 Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6(6), 6-2
    (3) Eric Johnson (USC) def. Jordan Angus (USD) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2
    (4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2, 6-4
    (5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3, 6-3
    (6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4*
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 2, 6*, 3