Hard Court Honors


Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor

Although it's certainly not the first time (and probably won't be the last), we are happy to report that USC tennis stars Steve Johnson (2011 National Champion in men's singles) and Maria Sanchez (USTA/ITA Singles Champion in Fall 2010) have been honored with yet another postseason award.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has selected both Pac-10 Player of the Year award-winners to their 28th annual College All-Star team. For both, this is their second year in a row being named an All-American. 

Johnson (photo via OC Register) and Sanchez will be honored at a ceremony prior to the U.S. Open on Aug. 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. It should be noted that as the 2011 NCAA Champion in men's singles, Johnson will also be participating in the grand slam tournament.

The dynamic duo will also make a return trip to the USTA Summer Team, which provides the country's top student-athletes with valuable exposure to the association's pro circuit through an intensive training program. They will be joined by fellow USC tennis player Ray Sarmiento (No.9 ranked freshman in the country in Fall 2010).

USTA Summer Team selections were determined based on performance at the ITA All-Americans, NCAA Championships, National Indoor Championships, USTA Pro Circuit, ATP and WTA events. 

Congrats to these three on representing Troy on and off the tennis court!

(Photo by The Daily Trojan)


Year in and year out, this team is a training ground for world class and national level competitors.

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