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Univ. of Southern California Men Team News
No. 2 USC Scores 4-0 Sweep Of Fresno State In ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Sunday, 01/27/2013

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The skies cleared up Saturday for the final day of men's ITA Kick-Off Weekend action, and the No. 2 USC men's tennis team made the most of the break in the weather to pin up a near-clinical 4-0 win over No. 69 Fresno State. The win puts the Trojans at 2-0 on the year, as USC punches its ticket to next month's ITA National Team Indoor Championships, where the Trojans go in defense of their 2012 title.
The doubles point got a little dicey after USC's No. 2 team of Emilio Gomez and Eric Johnson pinned up a solid 8-1 win. A tight match at the No. 3 spot went the way of the Bulldogs, who posted an 8-6 win over USC's Michael Grant and Jonny Wang to even things up. At the No. 1 position, Fresno State's DeLaubenfels/Papik rattled off four straight games to force a tiebreaker, but Trojans Max de Vroome and Roberto Quiroz took care of things under pressure. A booming ace from de Vroome wrapped it up as an 8-7 (3) win, putting the Trojans ahead 1-0 in the match going into singles play.
USC freshman looked to have veteran status at the No. 5 position as he peeled out of reach of Fresno State's Sam MacNeil for a 6-1, 6-1 win that added to USC's lead, up 2-0. Cousins Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz stayed almost in stride side by side, but #27 Gomez pulled his off first with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Reid DeLaubenfels at the No. 1 slot. Quiroz, meanwhile, battled back from down 1-4 in the second set, winning five straight games to clinch victory for his Trojans with the #24 junior's 6-1, 6-4 win over Sai Kartik at the No. 3 slot.
That left the consolation match between San Diego State and Georgia Tech still raging on. The Aztecs followed up the doubles point with a straight-set singles win to take a 2-0 lead. Two three-settters were in the works, with SDSU going up 3-0 and then winning on the court five efforts of #123 Andranik Khachartyan for a 4-0 sweep of the Yellow Jackets.
Both matches were played out on three courts, beginning with doubles. After doubles, singles play began with No. 1, 3 and 5 singles and then filled down the line with Nos. 2, 4 and 6 pending a decision in the match.
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championship
#2 USC 4, #69 Fresno State 0
Jan. 26, 2013 - Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Stadium)
(1) De Vroome/Quiroz (USC) def. DeLaubenfels/Papik (FSt) - 8-7 (3)
(2) Gomez/Johnson (USC) def. MacNeil/Quiroz (FSt) - 8-1
(3) Fritz/Kartik (FSt) def. Grant/Wang - 8-6
USC wins doubles point
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*
(1) #27 Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Reid DeLaubenfels (FSt) - 6-2, 6-3
(2) #61 Eric Johnson (USC) vs. Jeremy Quiroz (FSt) - 5-0 susp.
(3) #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Sai Kartik (FSt) - 6-1, 6-4*
(4) #121 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Nikolas Papic (FSt) - DNP
(5) Max de Vroome (USC) def. Sam MacNeil (FSt) - 6-1, 6-1
(6) Michael Grant (USC) vs. Felipe Fritz (FSt) - DNP
Order of finish: 5, 1, 3*
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Consolation
#66 San Diego State 4, #60 Georgia Tech 0
Jan. 26, 2013 - Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Stadium)
(1) #3 Hundal/Spir (GT) def. Bertsch/Nicholas (SDSU) - 8-6
(2) Khachartyan/Siddiqui (SDSU) def. Gordon/Segura (GT) - 8-7 (2)
(3) Sangwan/Simon (SDSU) def. Edwards/Rakitt (GT) - 8-6
SDSU wins doubles point
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
(1) Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) def. #32 Juan Spir (GT) - 6-4, 6-1
(2) Vikram Hungal (GT) vs. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) - 6-4, 0-1 susp.
(3) Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
(4) Nathan Rakitt (GT) vs. Marvin Tawasi (SDSU) - 0-1 susp.
(5) #123 Andranik Khachartyan (SDSU) def. Garrett Gordon (GT) - 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-5*
(6) Anish Sharma (GT) vs. Juan Florez (SDSU) - DNP
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5*