USC men win their third straight national championship
THIS SEASON: Steve Johnson, now a five-time All-American, enters his senior season at USC as the defending NCAA singles champion and defending Pac-10 champ in singles and doubles.
2010-11 SEASON: Johnson won the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship not long after helping USC win its third straight NCAA Team Championship... Beat Tennessee's Rhyne Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the singles final... Finished the season on a 35-match singles winning streak, ranked No. 1 in singles and No. 32 in doubles with Ray Sarmiento... Named ITA National Player of the Year... An ITA All-American in singles, also was named Pac-10 Player of the Year after winning the Pac-10 Singles Championship and the Pac-10 Doubles Championship with Sarmiento... Selected NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to NCAA All-Tournament Team for singles... Named to ITA All-Star Team and USTA Collegiate Team and was a first-team All-Pac-10 pick... A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week... Went 48-3 overall in singles, going undefeated at 24-0 at the No. 1 singles position... In doubles, was 27-10 overall and 16-6 in dual-match play... Was 9-1 in dual matches with Emilio Gomez, playing primarily at the No. 2 position, and went 14-6 overall with Sarmiento, going 4-3 in dual matches at the No. 1 position... Also paired up with Michael Grant (3-2) and Daniel Nguyen (1-1)... Entered the spring ranked No. 6 in the nation in ITA singles and No. 29 in doubles with Nguyen... In the fall, Johnson was ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles and No. 9 in doubles with Nguyen... Went 9-2 in fall singles, winning the ITA/D'Novo All-American consolation championship and reaching the final of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, falling in three sets to Tennessee's Rhyne Williams... Went 4-1 with Sarmiento at the ITA Southwest Regionals, falling 9-7 in the championship match to UCLA's Inbar/Meister... Also was 1-1 with Nguyen at the ITA/D'Novo All-American.
2009-10 SEASON: An ITA All-American in singles and doubles, Johnson finished his sophomore season ranked No. 9 in the nation in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Robert Farah... Selected to All-Pac-10 First Team and was the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with Farah... Named to NCAA All-Tournament Team for No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Farah... Also named an ITA Collegiate All-Star and to the USTA Summer Collegiate Team... Played in the NCAA Singles first round and reached the NCAA Doubles Round of 16 with Farah... Went 29-5 overall in singles, including an 18-3 mark in dual match play... Played at the No. 1 (7-1) and No. 2 (11-2) positions... In doubles, went 38-5 overall, including a 23-2 mark in dual match play... Went 31-5 with Farah, going 16-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 position... Also went 6-0 with Daniel Nguyen and 1-0 with JT Sundling... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 9... Entered the spring ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles and No. 13 in doubles with Robert Farah... During the fall, was ranked No. 18 in the ITA preseason singles rankings and No. 3 in doubles with Farah... Went 9-1 in fall singles, falling in the ITA All-American semifinals and going on to win the ITA National Indoor championship... Won the ITA Southwest Regionals doubles championship with Farah and reached ITA National Indoor quarterfinals in fall doubles... Also competed for the United States at the 2009 Master'U BNP Paribas in France.
2008-09 SEASON:Johnson finished his freshman season ranked No. 35 in singles and No. 10 in doubles with Robert Farah... Named an ITA All-American in singles and doubles... Selected to All-Pac-10 First Team... Reached the Pac-10 singles championship match... Named Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with Farah... Selected to NCAA All-Tournament Team for No. 1 doubles... Reached the NCAA Singles Round of 16 and the NCAA Doubles Round of 16 with Farah... Led the team in singles wins at 35-13 overall, including a team-best 20-6 record in dual matches... Went 6-3 at No. 2, 14-2 at No. 3 and 0-1 at No. 4 in dual match singles... In doubles, went 38-14 overall playing with Farah (35-11), Jason McNaughton (0-1) and Jaak Poldma (3-2)... Was 21-8 in dual match doubles play... Entered the year ranked No. 5
9 in the ITA preseason singles rankings and No. 2 in doubles with Farah... During the fall, went 6-3 in singles and 9-2 in doubles... Went 2-2 at the UVA Invitational and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Regionals in singles... In doubles, reached quarterfinals at the ITA All-American and won the ITA Regionals Doubles Championship with Farah.
HIGH SCHOOL: Johnson is a 2008 graduate of Orange High... Won CIF singles championships in 2006 and 2007, named Orange County and Los Angeles Player of the Year both seasons... Was 2008 Kalamazoo Doubles finalist... Won 2008 Southern California Sectional Boys 18 championship and nine Gold Balls... Clinched the title for Southern California at the 2007 Junior Davis Cup. PERSONAL: Steve Johnson was born on Dec. 24, 1989 in Orange, Calif... Son of Steve and Michelle... Has one sister, Alison... Lists Pete Sampras as his biggest sports hero... Has always wanted to win an NCAA Championship... Would like to one day travel to Spain... Hopes to play professionally after graduation... Majoring in human performance.
JOHNSON'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Dual Matches Overall Dual Matches
Year W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct.
2009 35 13 .729 20 6 .769 38 14 .731 21 8 .724
2010 29 5 .853 18 3 .857 38 5 .884 23 2 .920
2011 48 3 .941 24 0 1.000 27 10 .730 16 6 .727
TOTALS 112 21 .842 62 9 .873 103 29 .780 60 16 .789