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USC Beats Georgia, Advances To 3rd Straight Tennis Final

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STANFORD (AP) – Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen earned wins to lead second-seeded Southern California past Georgia 4-0 Monday to reach its third straight NCAA championship match.

Johnson set the tone with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Wil Spencer and Nguyen clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Sadio Doumbia.

Johnson, the top-ranked collegiate player in the nation, won his 28th consecutive match. He hasn’t lost since Jan. 17.

The two-time defending national champion Trojans (26-2) meet the winner of a later match between No. 1 Virginia and No. 4 Ohio State on Tuesday.

The Trojans won a difficult doubles point and then powered through the singles. Ray Sarmiento also won his match, downing Drake Bernstein 6-2, 6-3.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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