Monday, February 16, 2015

No. 2 Oklahoma tops No. 1 USC for Indoor title

   Avenging its loss to USC in last year's NCAA final, No. 2 Oklahoma defeated the No. 1 Trojans 4-2 today in Chicago for its first title in the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship.
   No. 63 Alex Ghilea provided the clincher, beating Max de Vroome 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Court 5. De Vroome gave USC a 4-2 victory in the NCAA final by outlasting Andrew Harris 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 4.
   Harris won the 2012 Wimbledon and French Open junior boys doubles title with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios, who has soared to 37th in the men's world rankings at 19 years old. Harris now plays No. 1 singles as a sophomore.
   USC's Connor Farren, a sophomore from Foster City in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost at No. 3 doubles with Nick Crystal. Farren did not play singles.
   John Roddick, Andy's older brother, is in his sixth season as Oklahoma's coach.
No. 2 Oklahoma 4, No. 1 USC 2
Doubles
   1. No. 5 Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (Oklahoma) def. No. 1 Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, 7-6 (4).
   2. No. 38 Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson (USC) def. Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa, 6-1.
   3. Jose Salazar and Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. Nick Crystal and Connor Farren, 7-5.
   Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
   1. No. 7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. No. 26 Andrew Harris, 4-6, 6-4, 4-4, did not finish.
   2. No. 11 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) def. No. 24 Roberto Quiroz, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
   3. No. 31 Dane Webb (Oklahoma) def. No. 20 Jonny Wang, 6-0, 6-4.
   4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Spencer Papa, 6-4, 6-1.
   5. No. 63 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. Max de Vroome, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
   6. No. 49 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Jose Salazar, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
   Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 6, 5*
   *Clinched overall match

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