No. 1 USC Men Capture 20th Win Of 2014, Beating Washington 6-1|
March 29, 2014
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The No. 1 USC men's tennis team made it a victorious road trip to open Pac-12 play in rounding up a 6-1 win over Washington today in Seattle. Today's win follows yesterday's 6-1 victory at Oregon to take the Trojans to a 2-0 start in conference play while riding an 11-match win streak to a 20-2 overall record on the year. That puts USC's eighth straight 20-win season in the books.
Today in Seattle, the Trojans came out with a full-court press, hammering home two solid doubles wins before tacking up the first sets down the line in singles. Nick Crystal and Roberto Quiroz pulled of the first win of the day with an 8-3 victory on court two doubles, before USC's #5 doubles pairing of Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento secured the 1-0 advantage with an 8-5 decision at the No. 1 spot.
Hanfmann just kept cruising in singles. The #12 junior sped past Max Manthou for a 6-0, 6-3 win on court one to get USC ahead 2-0. On court four, USC sophomore Max de Vroome whipped up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jeff Hawke, and USC was off to the races. #56 Roberto Quiroz hauled in the clincher from court four, where he tacked up a smooth 6-2, 6-2 win over Gal Hakak to give USC the win on a 4-0 advantage in the match.
Action kept rolling along, and Michael Grant had found his groove on court five. The senior silenced his opponent Viktor Farkas in the second set to win it 7-5, 6-0, leaving two matches still underway in Seattle. At the No. 6 spot, USC's #44 Jonny Wang fended off Michael Chamerski for a 7-5, 6-4 win that tallied the Trojans' sixth point of the match. With the decider long past, the remaining matchup on court two between USC's #3 Ray Sarmiento and Emmett Egger would go into a 10-point tiebreaker after Egger nabbed the second set. Homecourt advantage played out in Egger's favor, and the Husky would pull off the upset on a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) comeback over Sarmiento to end the day's action in Seattle.
The Trojans now return home for a couple more conference matches next week. USC will host Stanford at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 4) before setting up for a 1 p.m. bout against California on Saturday (April 5) at Marks Stadium.
#1 USC 6, Washington 1