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The USC men's tennis season came to an end Thursday as the Trojans fell, 4-3, to Georgia in the NCAA Sweet 16. USC had the unfortunate draw of playing the host team and the Bulldogs bounced the Trojans from postseason play for the second consecutive season.

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While USC men's tennis always sets championship expectations under head coach Peter Smith, this season was a success in many ways. The Trojans developed a young core, including freshmen Brandon Holt (pictured) and Riley Smith, who won together in doubles and separately in singles. They also brought home some hardware in the form of a Pac-12 Tournament title.

"It's an incredible environment that was out there, it's often playing in that environment you really actually feel like they're cheering for you a lot of times," said head coach Peter Smith after the hard-fought road loss. "They got us in a couple third sets. They played great, and they were tough down the stretch, and they get to move on, and we don't."

The two freshmen will hang around Athens as Holt will compete in the NCAA Individual Championships and pair with Smith in the national doubles tournament.


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