NCAA Team Champs Fall In NCAA Individual Round of 32|
May 22, 2014
ATHENS, GA. -- USC men's tennis bowed out of its NCAA action in Athens, Ga., today in the Round of 32 of singles and doubles play. Following their dramatic run in team play to the 2014 NCAA Championship days earlier -- the fifth national championship in six years for USC tennis and 100th NCAA title for the university -- the Trojans ran out of steam in individual competition.
"We had nothing left emotionally for the individual tournament," USC head coach Peter Smith said. "They left it all on the court for the team championship."
Top-seeded doubles pair Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento, who each stumbled yesterday in the opening round of singles play, took another rare loss in today's NCAA Doubles Round of 32. Up against #60 Findel-Hawkins/Nemcsek of North Florida, the Trojans looked in stride until a mid-set break threw them off course. Hanfmann/Sarmiento would drop the first set 6-4 and never recovered, winning just one game in the next set en route to a 6-4, 6-1 upset that brought the dynamic junior-senrio duo's USC doubles career together to a close. The pair went 15-4 overall together this season. The two have paired up the past two seasons, holding a 30-13 record together in those two years.
Senior Sarmiento, who was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player following USC's team championship run and who has another set of ITA All-American honors to his name this year, finishes his USC career with a 95-29 overall career doubles record and a 125-41 career singles record.
Junior Jonny Wang took to the courts today as the Trojan men's lone soldier in the NCAA Singles Round of 32. Ranked #57 in the nation in singles, Wang was up against Texas A&M's #22 Shane Vinsant in a fight to move on in the draw. Wang held his ground in the first set, only to see Vinsant take the last to games for a 7-5 advantage. In the second, Vinsant proved more powerful and issued a 7-5, 6-2 final victory over Wang. That wraps Wang's junior campaign with him holding a 21-8 overall record in singles play.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (Athens, Ga.)
Round of 32 - May 22