USC Men Mosey Up To Malibu For ITA Southwest Regionals

    Max de Vroome and his Trojan teammates do battle at the ITA Regionals this week in Malibu.

    Oct. 17, 2013

    The USC men's tennis team has packed the draws for the 2013 ITA Southwest Regional Championships with nine Trojans in the mix for singles play and four USC doubles duos set to start up when action begins tomorrow (Oct. 18) in Malibu, Calif. USC reigns supreme with the No. 1 seeds in both draws. Top-seeded senior Ray Sarmiento weighs in at No. 1 in singles, with teammate Yannick Hanfmann at the other side of the bracket at No. 2. In doubles, Sarmiento pairs with Roberto Quiroz as that draw's No. 1 duo.

    The singles lineup for USC also includes four more seeded Trojans. Roberto Quiroz stands as the No. 4 seed, followed by No. 8 seed Michael Grant, No. 7 seed Jonny Wang and No. 9 seed Eric Johnson. That crew, along with sophomore Max de Vroome, all have first-round byes in singles, while Trojan freshmen Robbie Bellamy and Nick Crystal will open action with first-round matches to play for the right to join their teammates in the Round of 64.

    In doubles, top-seeded Quiroz and Sarmiento are looking to follow in the footsteps of teammates Hanfmann and Johnson, who cruised to the 2012 ITA Southwest Regional doubles title last season. Hanfmann and Johnson aren't paired up for this one, though. Instead, Johnson will join forces with de Vroome as the No. 5 seeded team in the draw. Meanwhile, Bellamy and Wang are teaming up as well, with Crystal and Grant rounding out the Trojan contingent in the doubles draw.



    Complete USC matchups for the opening rounds are below.

    Follow along at the tournament web site

    ITA Southwest Regional Championships (Malibu, Calif.)

    Round of 128 - Oct. 18
    [1] #8 Raymond Sarmiento (USC) - bye
    [2] #18 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) - bye
    [4] #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC) - bye
    [8] #80 Michael Grant (USC) - bye
    [7] #63 Jonny Wang (USC) - bye
    [9] #58 Eric Johnson (USC) - bye
    Robbie Bellamy (USC) vs. David Doehring (LMU)
    Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Luke Steeb (UCSB)
    Max de Vroome (USC) - bye

    Round of 64 - Oct 18
    [1] #40 Quiroz/Sarmiento (USC) - bye
    [5] de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - bye
    Bellamy/Wang (USC) - bye
    Crystal/Grant (USC) vs. Pham/Poon (UC Irvine)