COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Aggie senior John Lewis and sophomore Junior Ore posted singles victories but it was not enough against a very talented USC team as the nation's top-ranked team defeated No. 20 Texas A&M, 5-2, before 359 fans at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Thursday night.
The win improves the Trojans' record to 17-0 on the season and the three-time defending NCAA national champions keep a winning streak of 47 straight dual matches in place.
The loss on the Aggies' home court is the first for A&M since a 4-3 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 30, 2010. The longest home winning streak in any Aggie sport came to an end at 43 straight victories. A&M is now 9-8 on the season.
"All good things have to come to an end sometime," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "USC is a great team and it took a great team to end the streak. The (home) winning streak was great for our program and is a credit to a lot of great players and the support of the 12th Man helps so much. It's a shame it had to come to an end. Ohio State was a very good team last year (an Aggie victory) but USC was better."
"I am proud of the way we fought and this should give us confidence going forward that we can compete with these types of teams," Denton added. "These kind of matches should help solidify in our minds that we can play."
USC posted the first point of the match by taking the No. 2 doubles (8-3) and clinching the point at No. 1 doubles (8-5). A&M behind the play of John Lewis and Niall Angus would take the No. 3 doubles with a 7-5 tiebreaker to take the match, 7-6.
The first singles match off of the courts was at No. 1 singles where the country's second-ranked player,USC's Steve Johnson, posted a 6-2, 6-1 straight sets victory over A&M's Alexis Klegou, who is ranked No. 27 in singles.
USC would take a 3-0 lead with a victory at No. 6 singles as Roberto Quiroz, ranked No. 121 in the country, defeated Niall Angus, 6-2, 6-3.
The Aggies would get on the board next with Lewis posting a straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 win over Yannick Hanfmann, who is ranked No. 30 in the country.
The Trojans would clinch the match at No. 2 singles in a terrific battle between SC's Daniel Nguyen, ranked No. 16 in the land, and A&M's Colin Hoover. Nguyen outlasted Hoover, 6-4, 6-4.
The last two matches on the courts would go three sets with Aggie freshman Jeremy Efferding dropping a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 match to Emillo Gomez of SC, who is ranked No. 41, at No. 4 singles.
The final match of the night was at No. 3 singles where A&M's sophomore Junior Ore posted a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) victory over the Trojans' Ray Sarmiento who is ranked No. 24 in the land.
USC has not allowed a point in nine of the 17 matches they have played this year. Five of the six USC players in the singles lineup were ranked in the Top 41 in the country.
No. 1 USC 5, No. 20 Texas A&M 2
#1-(2) Steve Johnson (USC) def. (27) Alexis Klegou (A&M)-6-2, 6-1
#2-(16) Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Colin Hoover (A&M)-6-4, 6-4
#3-Junior Ore (A&M) def. (24) Ray Sarmiento (USC)-3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
#4-(41) Emillo Gomez (USC) def. Jeremy Efferding (A&M)-1-6, 6-4, 6-4
#5-John Lewis (A&M) def. (30) Yannick Hanfmann (USC)-6-3, 6-4
#6-(121) Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Niall Angus (A&M)-6-2, 6-3
#1-Johnson/Quiroz (USC) def. Jackson Withrow/Ore (A&M)-8-5
#2-Nguyen/Sarmiento (USC) def. Klegou/Hoover (A&M)-8-3
#3-Lewis/Angues (A&M) def. Gomez/Hanfmann (USC)-7-6 (7-5)
Order of Finish:
*Clinched the match
Season Records: USC (17-0), Texas A&M (9-8)