No. 2 USC Men Roll On To 4-1 Win At Utah

    Roberto Quiroz got another set of doubles and singles wins today in Utah.

    April 13, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The No. 2 USC men's tennis kept its Pac-12 slate clean with one match to go after a 4-1 win over No. 51 host Utah today. The Trojans hauled in the doubles point before heading into singles action, where USC made a strong stand in securing three wins to punch up the road victory and improve to 24-2 overall with a 6-0 mark in Pac-12 play.

    USC's all-senior tandem of Michael Grant and Ray Sarmiento drummed up the first win of the day with an 8-2 doubles victory on court three to start things off. At the No. 2 spot, USC's Nick Crystal and Roberto Quiroz got embroiled in a tiebreaker to decide their doubles clash, pulling off the win with a 7-2 decision in the breaker to pocket the 1-0 lead for the Trojans.

    The singles scene saw USC's Eric Johnson pepper Cedric Williams with a 6-2, 6-1 win from court two to take the Trojans to a 2-0 advantage. Utah would crank up the pressure on USC from there when Silm Hanza was able to pull off a 6-0, 6-2 upset of USC's #7 Ray Sarmiento on court one, but the Trojans were quick to generate a response. #46 Jonny Wang dug in for a 6-2, 6-4 win over Matt Crowley at the No. 6 spot to pad USC's lead back to 3-1, and #53 Roberto Quiroz issued the final blow with a 6-2, 6-4 clincher over Ben Tasevac on court to to wrap up the action in Utah.



    The Trojans now return home to Mark Stadium for their final regular-season home match of 2014, hosting crosstown rival UCLA in a Pac-12 clash to determine regular-season victor this Friday (April 18). Doubles play will begin at 10:30 a.m. and singles play will start at 12 p.m. in televised action on Pac-12 Networks.

    "It's been a great Pac-12 season," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "We're looking forward to playing UCLA at home this Friday."

    #2 USC 4, #51 Utah 1
    April 13, 2014 - Salt Lake City, Utah
    (1) Hamza/Willems (UTAH) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC), 6-7 susp.
    (2) Crystal/Quiroz (USC) def. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH), 8-7 (2)
    (3) Grant/Sarmiento (USC) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-2
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 2
    (1) Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC), 6-0, 6-2
    (2) #53 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4*
    (3) Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. #94 Max DeVroome (USC), 3-6, 5-4 susp.
    (4) Eric Johnson (USC) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
    (5) Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Michael Grant (USC), 4-6, 6-3, 0-1 susp.
    (6) #46 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
    Order of finish: 4, 1, 6, 2