No. 5 USC Picks Up 5-2 Win At Pepperdine

    Jonny Wang got a swift win from court six today to help USC along to victory.

    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.

    #5 USC 5, #32 Pepperdine 2
    March 7, 2014 - Malibu, Calif.
    1. #7 Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) vs. #12 Yannick Hanfmann/Ray Sarmiento (USC) 4-7 susp.
    2. Max de Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. Tom Hill/David Sofaer (PEP) 8-4
    3. Roberto Quiroz/Robbie Bellamy (USC) def. Pedro Leme/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 8-1
    Order of finish: 3, 2
    1. #42 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) def. #10 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-2)
    2. #6 Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Francis Alcantara (PEP) 6-0, 6-3
    3. #80 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 6-3
    4. #103 David Sofaer (PEP) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9)
    5. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Pedro Leme (PEP) 6-2, 6-0
    6. #43 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Alexander Solonin (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
    Order of finish: 5,3,2*,6,4,1