Pac-12 loses all four matches in round of 16; season ends
Every season is a journey and as such there is an end. Some ending’s are different than others but inevitably the journey comes to it’s completion.
With four men in action Friday, the conference was represented across one quarter of the remaining contestants in the NCAA singles tennis championship. But by competition’s end, none were left standing.
The journey coming most completely to a close was the collegiate career of Washington’s Kyle McMorrow. The senior fell in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, to the eighth seeded Henrique Cunha (Duke). The Blue Devils’ top player was too much for McMorrow, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year and two-time Pac-12 first teamer.
Ray Sarmiento of USC and Marcos Giron of UCLA managed to push their opponents to the brink, each playing in a decisive third set. Yet neither was able to win their last game. Sarmiento, a junior, bowed out to Virginia’s third seeded Jarmere Jenkins; the highest seeded player remaining in the tournament. As for Giron, the Longhorns’ Soren Hess-Olesen advances in his stead.
The last fallen Pac-12 rep was Yannick Hanfmann. The Trojan sophomore will head back to Los Angeles along with fellow Trojan, Sarmiento, after losing to Andreas Mies of Auburn, 6-2, 6-4.
The journey continues for some. For others - namely the Pac-12 men's tennis conglomerate - that is how the 2013 ends.