Roberto Quiroz Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Feb. 18, 2014
USC junior Roberto Quiroz helped drive the Trojans to a third straight appearance in the title match of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with undefeated play in singles and doubles. For his winning efforts, Quiroz has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time this season and the third time in his Trojan career.
Across the Round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals, Quiroz grabbed two doubles and two singles victories. He opened the competition with the point-clinching doubles victory in the Round of 16 against #14 Tennessee and was up a set in his singles match when the Trojans secured that 4-1 win. In the quarterfinals against #6 Baylor, Quiroz won across the board, getting the first doubles win to help grab that first point and then taking the Trojans to a 2-0 advantage with a powerful straight-set victory over Mate Zsiga at the No. 3 singles spot. In the crosstown rivalry clash against #2 UCLA, Quiroz' double match was suspended once the Trojans captured that first point, and he'd bump USC ahead 3-0 in the match later when he upset UCLA's #51 Mackenzie McDonald with a straight-set victory that helped boost the Trojans to the upset team win and punch that ticket to the championship match against Ohio State. Both his doubles and singles matches would wind up suspended in that one, as the Buckeyes claimed the title with a 4-1 decision over the Trojans.
Quiroz now holds an 11-3 overall singles record and an 8-1 record in doubles with teammate Connor Farren. All together, the Trojans are up to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 7-1 overall record.