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Univ. of Southern California Men Team News
Trojans Push Through ITA Regional Play
Saturday, 10/20/2012

IRVINE, CALIF. -- The USC men's tennis team engaged in Day One of action at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships today in Irvine, Calif., to well-rounded success. Five Trojans punched tickets to the singles Round of 32 after moving through today's first two rounds of singles action. In doubles, USC's three teams entered all had byes today to take a spot in tomorrow's Round of 32.

The big winner on the day was sophomore Jonny Wang, whose singles day was capped with a decisive upset of the draw's No. 2 seed. Wang opened the day with a 6-0, 6-3 win in round one to move into a clash with UCLA's No. 2 seed Dennis Novikov. There, Wang was resolved and strong, pinning up a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set finish of the Bruin to move into tomorrow's Round of 32 alongside four other teammates. Also pushing through with key second round wins today were a set of solid sophomores -- Eric Johnson, Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz. Junior Michael Grant also secured a place in tomorrow's Round of 32.

Complete USC results from the 2012 ITA Southwest Regional Championships are below.

ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Irvine, Calif)

SINGLES
First Round - Oct. 19
[10] Eric Johnson (USC) -- bye
Michael Grant (USC) -- bye
Max de Vroome (USC) -- bye
[4] #25 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) -- bye
[3] #85 Roberto Quiroz (USC) -- bye
Corey Smith (USC) def. Shiva Sangman (SDSU) -- 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Jonny Wang (USC) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) -- 6-0, 6-3
 
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Second Round - Oct. 19
[10] Eric Johnson (USC) def. Kieren Thompson (ARIZ) -- 6-0, 6-1
Michael Grant (USC) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) -- 6-2, 6-3
Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Max de Vroome (USC) -- 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
[4] #25 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. Luis Gastao (UCR) -- 6-0, 6-1
[3] #85 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Zlad Sultan (UCSB) -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
[11] Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Corey Smith (USC) -- 7-5, 6-1
Jonny Wang (USC) def. [2] Dennis Novikov (UCLA) -- 6-4, 6-4

Round of 32 - Oct. 20
[10] Eric Johnson (USC) vs. Derek Klein (CP) -- 12:30 p.m.
Michael Grant (USC) vs. [1[ Finn Tearney (PEP) -- 12:30 p.m.
[4] #25 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. David Schuster (UH) -- 12:30 p.m.
[3] #85 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. Warren Hardie (UCLA) -- 2 p.m.
Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) -- 2 p.m.

DOUBLES
First Round - Oct. 19
[1] de Vroome/Quiroz (USC) -- bye
Grant/Wang (USC) -- bye
[5] Hanfmann/Johnson (USC) -- bye

Round of 32 - Oct. 20
[1] de Vroome/Quiroz (USC) vs. Carlisle/Pugliese (USD) -- 9 a.m.
Grant/Wang (USC) vs. [8] Hovhannisyan/Tearney (PEP) -- 9 a.m.
[5] Hanfmann/Johnson (USC) vs. Gelbrich/Khachatryan (SDSU) -- 9 a.m.
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