Steve Johnson Named Pac-10 Player of the Week|
March 9, 2010
Ranked No. 3 in the nation in singles, USC sophomore Steve Johnson has added another honor to his name with his selection as the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week. It's the first such honor of his career for Johnson, and puts him in company with two other Trojan teammates to win the award so far this season. Jaak Poldma was the first to win this year, with Daniel Nguyen earning the honor last week.
To get USC its back-to-back Player of the Week award, Johnson got the ball rolling on USC's doubles point and winning run through singles in the #5 Trojans' rivalry match at #6 UCLA last week. Playing with Robert Farah at No. 1 doubles, Johnson put up a solid 8-5 doubles win for a USC advantage in the doubles race. Then, Johnson pinned up a straight-set victory in singles over Holden Seguso to lift the Trojans ahead 2-0 in the match. In doing so, Johnson helped secure USC's first back-to-back wins against crosstown rival UCLA since 1991. USC had claimed a 4-0 win over UCLA earlier this year at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The third-ranked team in the nation, USC is now 12-1 overall as a team. #3 Johnson is 18-3 overall in singles play, including a 7-2 mark in dual matches. He and Farah are 14-3 overall in doubles, 4-1 in dual match play. The Trojans will face Wake Forest on Wednesday (March 10) at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.