Trojans Wrap Up Play At Battle In The Bay

    Eric Johnson got to the consolation semifinals in San Francisco.

    Oct. 14, 2013

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. -- Three members of the USC men's tennis team engaged in some Bay Area action this past weekend with a visit to the Battle in the Bay. In his first official singles action as a Trojan, freshman Nick Crystal forced his way through to the quarterfinals of the main draw, while junior Eric Johnson cut his way to the consolation semifinals.

    Nick Crystal had a successful doubles campaign with fellow freshman Robbie Bellamy last weekend at the Aztec Invitational. This weekend, Crystal went solo and enjoyed some strong successes in the singles bracket of the Battle in the Bay. Crystal posted straight-set wins in the Round of 32 and Round of 16, including a victory over San Francisco's #109 Bernardo Saraiva in the latter match. Crystal would fall in the quarterfinals to Cal's Andre Goransson.

    Crystal had two other Trojan teammates looped into the singles action as well. Sophomore Max de Vroome and junior Eric Johnson both took losses in the Round of 32, however, putting the pair into consolation competition. There, de Vroome stumbled to UCLA's #104 Karue Sell while #58 Eric Johnson notched a win in the consolation Round of 16 and then another in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis. He'd come up against Sell in that one, taking a 6-4, 6-3 loss there to wrap the junior's run at the Battle in the Bay.

    Complete USC results at the Battle in the Bay are below.



    2013 BATTLE IN THE BAY (San Francisco, Calif.)

    Round of 64 - Oct. 11
    Max de Vroome (USC) - bye
    #58 Eric Johnson (USC) - bye
    Nick Crystal (USC) - bye

    Round of 32 - Oct. 11
    Ilya Osintsev (SC) def. Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
    Anthony Tsodikov (STAN) def. #58 Eric Johnson (USC) - 6-0, 6-4
    Nick Crystal (USC) def Trey Stroebel (STAN) - 7-6 (5), 6-1

    Round of 16 - Oct. 12
    Nick Crystal (USC) def. #109 Bernardo Saraiva (USF) - 7-6 (5), 6-4

    Quarterfinals - Oct. 12
    Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Nick Crystal (USC) - 6-3, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Oct. 11
    #58 Eric Johnson (USC) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) - 7-6 (1), 6-3
    #104 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Max de Vroome (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-4
    Quarterfinals - Oct. 12
    #58 Eric Johnson (USC) def. Rich Van Hout (USF) - 6-2, 6-0
    Semifinals - Oct. 13
    #104 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Eric Johnson (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

    Round of 16 - Oct. 11
    Paige/Strobel (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-7 (3)