USC Men & Women Sweep Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors|
March 18, 2014
For the first time since January 2013, the USC men's and women's tennis teams have swept the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. After gathering in four singles wins in four USC dual-match victories between them, USC juniors Zoë Scandalis and Roberto Quiroz have both secured their second pick this season at Pac-12 Player of the Week.
USC junior Zoë Scandalis had match-clinching victories in back-to-back matches for the Trojans last week, helping USC to a 2-0 start to Pac-12 play with road wins at Colorado and Utah. Playing at the No. 1 singles spot, Scandalis secured wins over Colorado's Julyette Steur and then over Utah's #125 Tereza Bekerova. Both wins locked the Trojans in with their fourth point of each match, sending USC home with an 11-4 overall record and a 2-0 Pac-12 mark. #25 Scandalis improved her overall singles record to 14-6 with the victorious road trip, and is now 10-2 in dual match singles play. The team wins also snapped a two-match slump for the Women of Troy following the season-ending injury to top player Sabrina Santamaria.
This is Scandalis' fourth career pick as Pac-12 Player of the Week and her second this season, following a March 5 selection.
USC junior Roberto Quiroz had a winning doubleheader for the Trojans, capturing the singles clincher against #8 Notre Dame and then wrapping up a three-set win for a shutout of Hawai'i a few hours later. The #64 junior was key in netting USC back-to-back shutouts in a busy day. Against #8 Notre Dame, Quiroz pushed the Trojans to a 4-0 lead on his 6-2, 6-3 clincher over Ryan Bandy at the No. 3 singles spot. In the next match, Quiroz climbed to the No. 1 position and capped the busy day by pulling out a tough three-set match against Jonathan Brooklyn with a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10-7) decision to make it a 6-0 final for the Trojans. Quiroz now holds a six-match singles win streak in improving to 18-4 overall and 10-3 in dual-match singles play. USC is now 15-2 overall.
Quiroz has won the award twice now this season and three times in his career. His last pick was on Feb. 18 of this year.