Men's Tennis
    Steve Johnson Returns To Nation's No. 1 Spot
    USC's Steve Johnson is back at the ITA No. 1 spot.
    USC's Steve Johnson is back at the ITA No. 1 spot.

    March 1, 2011

    USC junior Steve Johnson has won 21 of his last 24 matches, including an eight-match winning streak over some of the country's stiffest competition to land atop the latest ITA/Campbell National Rankings as the top-ranking player in men's collegiate tennis. Johnson came into the spring ranked No. 6 overall and his move to No. 1 brings him back to the top slot that he also held during parts of the 2010 season.

    With an impressive 21-3 overall singles record, Johnson's three losses came against the country's current No. 3, 7, and 8 players. Since the start of the spring slate, Johnson has gone 12-1 in singles play, compiled wins in his last eight matches and helped the Trojans to a 9-2 record as well as the No. 7 ranking as a team.

    During his win streak, then-No. 4 Johnson secured wins over four top-15 players, including two impressive straight-set victories over Pac-10 rival No. 7 Bradley Klahn of Stanford. For his achievement in defeating three highly ranked opponents at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships earlier this month Johnson was rewarded with his second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor.

    Last season, Johnson was ranked No. 1 from January until March 2 when he moved to No. 3 for one rankings cycle. During that stretch, the sophomore earned his first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, beating UCLA's Holden Seguso and Wake Forest's No. 20 Tripper Carleton. After doing so, Johnson moved back to No. 1 and remained there until April 13, displaced that week by Tennessee's JP Smith, whom Johnson beat in the fall.

    The Trojans return to Marks Stadium on Wednesday (March 3) at 3 p.m. to face crosstown rivals No. 6 UCLA.