The top-seeded USC men’s tennis team won its fourth straight NCAA Championship on May 22 with a dramatic victory over the University of Virginia.
The Trojans fought through rain delays, venue changes and some of the tensest matches on record in Athens, Ga., as the clinchers came down on the shoulders of two USC freshmen. Yannick Hanfmann was the hero of the day, shrugging off a rough second set and battling back in the third set to win it all in a tiebreaker.
The showdown was a rematch of the 2011 national championship, this time with USC as the top seed and Virginia as the No. 3. After the match was moved indoors with USC trailing 1-0, the Trojans captured four of the five singles matches completed to get the four-peat with a 4-2 win over the Cavaliers. USC finished the season with a 33-1 overall record.
USC is the first team since Stanford University’s 1995-98 teams to win four consecutive national championships. The Trojans lead all, however, in total team championships as they now hold 20 national titles. The victory also brings the university its 117th national championship, as the USC men’s tennis team matched the men’s water polo team with four straight crowns.