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Again, USC Mens Tennis Crunches ucla 4-1 in the semi-finals and USC women lose a tight one 4-3.

Well the USC Men prevailed but the Ladies didn't both teams playing Ucla in the Ncaa Semi's in the national championship. The men will play Virginia in the finals which is a rematch of last year and will be tomorrow at 2:00 PST in Athens Georgia, if anyone is going to fly out hey the Band Did. Today was really a weird one with the mens teams being rained out at the start of singles (trojans over bruins in doubles 1-0), then moving into the indoor facility that only has 4 courts.

So you have Virginia/Pepperdine and USC/ucla both having to finish, so only two matches from each team could play. USCs number one player and the #1 ranked player Steven Johnson finished off Clay Thompson of ucla 6-1, 6-1, then Ray Sarmiento ripped thru Nick Meister 6-1, 6-1 for USC to go up 3-0. Now it came to Dan Nguyen and Emilio Gomez to the courts both behind in the first set. While both lost the first set the senior Nguyen fought back to take the second set and Emilio lost his match 3-6, 4-6, which bought the score to 3-1 USC. Then Dan went to work and pulled out a 3rd set Tiebreaker 3-6,6-3, 7-6 to put USC in the finals for the 4th straight year.

Earlier today USCs women's team lost a heart breaker to ucla 4-3 after getting 3-2, after losing the doubles point in the beginning. A great showing by the young Trojans with everyone back for next year plus they get a top ranked junior in Ellie Yates, they should be back next year for another run.

This match took a lot of twists and turns but it all comes down to that doubles point, which in todays matches plays so much. Hats off to DeSimone for her comeback, but the most confusing thing is Scandalis and Lao losing in three sets at #1 and #2 singles I thought clearly they would pull out wins, but hats off to Anderson and Jones who haven't been at their best lately. Here is a little someting from the Women

WOMEN: #1 UCLA (26-2) def. #5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (24-4), 4-3 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Stella Sampras Webster (UCLA) and Richard Gallien (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)

Doubles (Order of finish: 1,2)
1. #6 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA) def. #3 Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 8-3
2. #9 Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. #49 Valeria Pulido/Zoe Scandalis (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 8-4
3. McCall Jones/Carling Seguso (UCLA) vs. #75 Danielle Lao/Alison Ramos (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 5-6, unfinished

Singles (Order of finish: 4,5,3,6,1,2*)
1. #4 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #14 Zoe Scandalis (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
2. #98 McCall Jones (UCLA) def. #19 Danielle Lao (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3. #26 Sabrina Santamaria (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #73 Pamela Montez (UCLA), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
4. #124 Skylar Morton (UCLA) def. #89 Kaitlyn Christian (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-4, 7-5
5. Gabriella DeSimone (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #119 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Valeria Pulido (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #114 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

MEN: #1 Southern California 4, #4 UCLA 1

Singles competition (Order of finish: 1,2,4,3*)
1. Steve Johnson (USC) def. Clay Thompson (UCLA) 6-1, 6-1
2. Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-1, 6-1
3. Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Emilio Gomez (USC) 6-3, 6-4
5. Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. Adrien Puget (UCLA) 3-6, 1-3, unfinished
6. Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 2-3, unfinished

Doubles competition (1,3,2)
1. Steve Johnson/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Alex Brigham/Adrien Puget (UCLA) 8-6
2. Daniel Nguyen/Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Nick Meister/Dennis Novikov (UCLA) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Marcos Giron/Warren Hardie (UCLA) def. Emilio Gomez/Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 8-

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