No. 5 USC Picks Up 5-2 Win At Pepperdine|
March 7, 2014
MALIBU, CALIF. -- The No. 5 USC men's tennis team improved to 11-2 overall with a strong 5-2 win over host No. 32 Pepperdine today in Malibu. The Trojans cruised from doubles into singles in building a 5-0 advantage before the Waves crashed the party with the last two wins of the day.
The Trojans wrapped up the doubles point with two solid wins, first a 6-1 win from Bellamy/Quiroz on court three and then a 6-4 decision in favor of USC's de Vroome/Johnson to pocket that first point. On court one, Hanfmann/Sarmiento had their match suspended with the two Trojans well ahead of the Waves.
USC's singles surge began with a smooth performance from Eric Johnson on court five. He'd top Pedro Leme 6-2, 6-0 to take the Trojans to a 2-0 lead. #80 Roberto Quiroz followed suit with a straight-set win over Stefan Menichella at the No. 3 spot. #6 Ray Sarmiento came through with a 6-0, 6-3 win from court two over Francis Alcantara, and #43 Jonny Wang beat Alexander Solonin 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 6 position as the Trojans constructed that winning 5-0 advantage. In the last two matches, the Waves pulled off wins in 10-point tiebreakers to finish off their respective third sets, handing USC's #10 Yannick Hanfmann and Max de Vroome losses for the 5-2 final score.
USC's next action bring the Trojans back to Marks Stadium for a doubleheader on Sunday (March 9), facing Baylor at 12 p.m. and UC Riverside at 4 p.m. that day.
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