Trojans Wrap Up In NCAA Round of 16

May 22, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - USC's run in College Station, Texas, came to a close today as NCAA Team Champions Robert Farah and Steve Johnson fell in the NCAA Round of 16 of singles and doubles play.

Both Farah and Johnson had a full slate ahead of them following the Trojans' run to the 2009 NCAA Team Championship, won just days ago at Texas A&M's George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. A freshman, Steve Johnson worked into the competitive Round of 16 singles with impressive wins on the first two days of individual action. The morning of the Round of 16, Johnson faced fifth-seeded Bruno Agostinelli of Kentucky. Johnson fought hard against his highly ranked opponent, but fell 6-4, 6-1 to close out his first year of action as a Trojan with a 35-13 overall singles record - leading the team in wins on the year.

Later in the afternoon, Johnson got back to action with Robert Farah for doubles play. The pair's dominating run through the 2009 season came to an end, however, as the Trojans dropped their Round of 16 match 6-3, 6-4 to Auburn's Puetz/Tsyrenov. That closed down Farah/Johnson's year with the pair holding a 35-11 overall record to go along with the NCAA team title they helped secure. Farah/Johnson also claimed a place on the NCAA Championships All-Tournament Team for No. 1 doubles.

(8) Robert Farah
First Round (May 20): lost to Bruno Rosa (Rice) - 7-5, 7-6 (6)

Steve Johnson
First Round (May 20): def. Kalle Norburg (Ole Miss) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Second Round (May 21): def. (9-16) Guillermo Gomez (Georgia Tech) - 3-6 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16 (May 22): lost to (5) Bruno Agostinelli (Kentucky) - 6-4, 6-1

(5-8) Robert Farah / Steve Johnson
First Round (May 21): def. Brighiu/Simon (TCU) - 6-2, 6-4
Round of 16 (May 20): lost to Puetz/Tsyrenov (Auburn) - 6-3, 6-4

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