Oklahoma tennis: Sooners fall 4-2 to Southern Cal in NCAA men's final

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press Published: May 20, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez disputes a call during a men's team singles match against USC's Ray Sarmiento in the NCAA Division I tennis championships, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Athens, Ga. USC defeated Oklahoma to take the title. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez disputes a call during a men's team singles match against USC's Ray Sarmiento in the NCAA Division I tennis championships, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Athens, Ga. USC defeated Oklahoma to take the title. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

— Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento won their singles matches in straight sets, and Southern California earned its 21st NCAA men’s tennis championship with a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

The top-seeded Trojans (32-3) clinched their fifth national title in six years under coach Peter Smith when Max de Vroome held serve with a backhand volley to beat Andrew Harris in No. 4 singles.

Second-seeded Oklahoma (27-5) led 2-0 after Dane Webb won No. 3 singles, but the Sooners lost momentum.

Hanfmann beat Guillermo Alcorta 7-5, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, and Sarmiento held off Axel Alvarez in 6-4, 7-6 at No. 2 before Eric Johnson won No. 5 singles for a 3-2 Trojans lead.

Oklahoma was in the finals for the first time.