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    Christian, Santamaria and Lee Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week
    Marqise Lee
    Marqise Lee

    Oct. 8, 2012

    Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of the women's tennis team and Marqise Lee of the football team were named USC Student-Athletes of the Week today (Oct. 8) for the week of October 1-7.

    Women's Tennis: Junior Kaitlyn Christian and sophomore Sabrina Santamaria captured their third major doubles championship in the past year this weekend, as they won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships doubles title in three sets. The duo defeated Duke's No. 19-ranked team of Capra/Mar in a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3 three-set victory at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. After a bye in the first round, Christian/Santamaria defeated No. 14-ranked Narattana/Rose of Oklahoma State, 8-4, to advance to the quarterfinals, where they took care of Illinois' Kopinski/White, 8-4. The duo faced crosstown rivals No. 4 Anderson/Morton in the semifinals, taking a two-set victory, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the finals against No. 19 Capra/Mar of Duke. In the finals, Christian/Santamaria took the first set 6-2, dropped the second set 6-7(6), but came back to take the match in a 6-3 third-set victory. This major title joins their 2011 ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship and the 2012 Pac-12 Doubles title.

    Football: Sophomore receiver Marqise Lee led the Trojans with a season-high 12 receptions for 192 yards, including a career-long 83-yard touchdown grab to help lead USC over Utah, 38-28, on Thursday night. After the Trojans were held scoreless in the third quarter, Lee broke the drought with the record-setting touchdown grab with 12:10 left in the fourth quarter to put the Trojans up, 31-21. Lee has now caught at least eight passes in each of the last nine games and ranks in top four nationally in receptions, receiving yards, and all-purpose running.