The three-time defending champion USC Men’s Tennis team may be the top ranked team in the land, but they face a tough test this afternoon in Westwood. No. 1 USC takes on No. 3 UCLA at the UCLA Tennis Center starting at 2pm.
May 24, 2011; Stanford, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans number 1 singles player Steve Johnson celebrates after winning a point against Virginia Cavaliers number 1 singles player Michael Shabaz (not pictured) during the finals of the men
The Trojans won the ITA National Indoor Championship last week, and swept both San Diego and San Diego State down south. Led by senior Steve Johnson(right), who is the fifth ranked player in the country, the Trojans appear to be headed towards another deep run towards a National Title. As you may remember, Johnson won the Men’s Singles National Championship a year ago and qualified for the Men’s US Open in New York, because of it.
It’s hard to win four titles in a row, and wins over No. 60 SDSU and No. 24 USD are hard to use as a gauge judge just how good the Trojans remain to be. So naturally, the match with the Crosstown Rival UCLA Bruins is a huge test. UCLA, ranked No. 3 in the nation, was the runner up at the National Championships in 2011, and should be the biggest foe in the Pac-12 for USC, along with Stanford and Cal, who are currently ranked 7th and 11th respectively.
"The No. 3 Bruins are 11-1 overall after blanking St. Mary’s 7-0 last week. UCLA’s only loss to date was a 4-2 loss to Duke in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoors. UCLA has four players ranked nationally in singles (as of Feb. 28): #33 Nick Meister, #81 Clay Thompson, #109 Adrien Puget and #116 Marcos Giron. In doubles, UCLA has #53 Meister/Puget. USC is 84-99 all-time against the Bruins after notching a 5-2 at home and a 4-3 win in Westwood against UCLA last season."