No. 8 USC Men Will Fight For Another Pac-12 Championship|
April 24, 2015
OJAI, CALIF. -- The No. 8 USC men's tennis team scored a place in the Pac-12 Tournament title match for the fourth straight year, this time taking out No. 15 UCLA with a 4-1 victory in the semifinals today in Ojai. The past three finals have been USC-UCLA battles, but this year the Trojans will square off against top-seeded Stanford for the Pac-12 crown in a match held tomorrow (April 25) at 5 p.m. at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif. The Trojans got a boost today from a solid doubles point secured for an early lead, and then stayed ahead of the Bruins the rest of the way until Max de Vroome clinched things from court five. USC now holds a 21-4 overall record.
USC made an early statement when #3-ranked senior duo Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz shut out UCLA's #9 McDonald/Redlicki with an 8-0 win on court one. USC pocketed the opening point when Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson whipped up an 8-2 win over #84 Di Giulio/Sell at the No. 2 spot, leaving action suspended on court three.
As singles play advanced, it was the clincher of last week's USC win over the Bruins -- #67 Nick Crystal -- who drummed up the first singles point of the day for the Trojans. He pinned up a 6-2, 6-1 win over UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio to make it a 2-0 USC advantage. On court one, the Bruins were able to get on the board when #3 Mackenzie McDonald topped USC's #11 Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-4. That made it a one-point match, but the Trojans were up to the challenge. On court four, #38 Jonny Wang delivered a 6-4, 7-6 (1) win over UCLA's Karue Sell to put the Trojans in position, up 3-1 on their rivals. The remaining matches were all in third sets, and the matches on courts two and three were hanging in the balance when #86 Max de Vroome came to the rescue. The junior clinched the victory for the Trojans with his 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 comeback win over Austin Rapp on court five.
USC now looks to avenge a 4-3 loss suffered at Stanford two weeks ago when the Trojans take on the Cardinal in the Pac-12 Tournament title match tomorrow (April 25) at 5 p.m. USC won the inaugural 2012 Pac-12 Tournament championship, and finished as runners-up in 2013 and 2014.
2015 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT (Ojai, Calif.)