NCAA Tennis Wrapup: Quarterfinals

May 29, 2010

ATHENS, GA. - USC's NCAA tennis run came to a close today in Athens, Ga., with NCAA Singles Quarterfinal appearances by Trojans Maria Sanchez and Robert Farah. Sanchez fell to No. 8 seed Laura Vallverdu in her women's quarterfinal clash, and Farah had to retire from his match against top-seeded Henrique Cunha after the USC senior rolled his ankle early in the match.

Robert Farah's unfortunate injury-induced departure from the NCAA action wraps up the senior's Trojan career. He had entered the postseason as the nation's #9 singles player, and was up against the tournament's top seed in today's NCAA Quarterfinals. Farah's ankle injury came in the first set against Duke's Henrique Cunha, leaving him unable to finish out the set and the match. The Pac-10 singles and doubles champion and ITA Senior Player of the Year was on a 19-match singles win streak before today's face-off with Cunha. Farah completes his senior season at USC with a 38-6 overall singles record, as he can boast back-to-back NCAA Team Championships to go along with a career singles record of 125-35.

Junior Maria Sanchez also made a powerful statement in 2010 with her run to the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Sanchez was up against No. 8 seed Laura Vallverdu of Miami in today's quarterfinals, and took a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Vallverdu to wrap up the junior's season. Sanchez can boast a 29-9 overall singles record on the year, and now holds an 80-39 career mark as she now sets up for her senior season to come.

NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
WOMEN

Danielle Lao
First Round - May 26
def. Zaruhi Harutyunyan (Akron) - 6-0, 6-3

Round of 32 - May 27
lost to Nina Secerbegovic (Baylor) - 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Alison Ramos
First Round - May 26
def. Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32 - May 27
lost to [9-16] Venise Chan (Washington) - 6-2, 7-6 (9)

[3] Maria Sanchez
First Round - May 26
def. McCall Jones (BYU) - 6-0, 6-1

Round of 32 - May 27
def. Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) - 7-6 (3), 7-5

Round of 16 - May 28
vs. Noelle Hickey (UCLA) - 6-4, 7-6 (1)

Quarterfinals - May 29
lost to [8] Laura Vallverdu (Miami) - 6-3, 6-0

MEN
[9-16] Robert Farah
First Round - May 26
def. Jordan Rux (Baylor) - 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32 - May 27
def. Javier Garrapiz (UGA) - 7-5, 6-1

Round of 16 - May 28
def. [6] Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Okla. St) - 6-0, 6-3

Quarterfinals - May 29
lost to [1] Henrique Cunha (Duke) - 4-1 ret. (injury)

[2] Steve Johnson
First Round - May 26
lost to Rhyne Williams (Tennessee) - 6-4, 6-3

NCAA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
MEN
[3] Robert Farah / Steve Johnson
First Round - May 27
def. Brighiu/Price (TCU) - 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16 - May 28
lost to Donato/Hardy (UNC) - 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

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