No. 1 Southern California locks up eighth consecutive 20-win season
SEATTLE -- Southern California made it a victorious road trip to open Pac-12 play in rounding up a 6-1 win against Washington on Saturday. The win follows Fridays's 6-1 victory at Oregon to take the Trojans to a 2-0 start in conference play while riding an 11-match win streak to a 20-2 overall record on the year. That puts USC's eighth consecutive 20-win season in the books.
The Trojans came out with a full-court press, hammering home two solid doubles wins before tacking up the first sets down the line in singles. Nick Crystal and Roberto Quiroz pulled off the first win of the day with an 8-3 victory on court No. 2, before USC's No. 5 doubles pairing of Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento secured the 1-0 advantage with an 8-5 decision at the No. 1 spot.
Hanfmann just kept cruising in singles. The No. 12 junior sped past Max Manthou for a 6-0, 6-3 win on court No. 1 to get USC ahead 2-0. On court No. 4, USC sophomore Max de Vroome whipped up a 6-3, 6-3 win against Jeff Hawke, and USC was off to the races. No. 56 Roberto Quiroz hauled in the clincher from court No. 4, where he tacked up a smooth 6-2, 6-2 win versus Gal Hakak to give USC the win on a 4-0 advantage in the match.
Action kept rolling along, and Eric Johnson had found his groove on court No. 5. He silenced his opponent Viktor Farkas in the second set to win it 7-5, 6-0, leaving two matches still underway. At the No. 6 spot, USC's No. 44 Jonny Wang fended off Michael Chamerski for a 7-5, 6-4 win that tallied the Trojans' sixth point of the match. With the decider long past, the remaining matchup on court No. 2 between USC's No. 3 Ray Sarmiento and Emmett Egger would go into a 10-point tiebreaker after Egger nabbed the second set. Homecourt advantage played out in Egger's favor, and the Husky would pull off the upset on a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) comeback versus Sarmiento to end the day's action in Seattle.