Men's Tennis
    Steve Johnson Claims Pac-12 Player of the Week
    Steve Johnson now has his first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of the year.
    Steve Johnson now has his first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of the year.

    March 19, 2012

    USC senior Steve Johnson was perfect on the singles and doubles courts in a winning road trip by the Trojans over top-20 teams in Texas last week. Johnson gave up no more than two games in a set as he rolled to two more singles wins to bulk his overall singles win streak to a massive 50 in a row. For his efforts, Johnson has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the fifth time in his Trojan career.

    Johnson's 50-match overall singles win streak dates back to January 2011. His dual-match singles win streak is now two years old - dating back to March 17, 2010 - and now stands at 44 in a row.

    On last week's road trip, Johnson beat Texas' #62 Soren Hess/Olesen 6-0, 6-1 first, and then turned around and topped Texas A&M's #27 Alexis Klegou 6-2, 6-1. He paired that singles strength with doubles power as well, combining forces with freshman Roberto Quiroz for two more wins at the No. 1 position. In doubles play during the week, Johnson and Quiroz were playing just their second and third matches together. The pair took down two ranked opponents with 8-5 wins: #40 Camillone/Holiner of Texas and #22 Ore/Withrow of Texas A&M. That helped wrap up a 6-1 win over No. 13 Texas and a 5-2 win over No. 20 Texas A&M on the week.

    The winning week in Texas kept USC undefeated at 17-0 on the year to stretch an overall win streak to 37 in a row. Johnson is now 15-0 this season in singles, 10-0 in dual matches. USC's 5-2 win at Texas A&M snapped a 43-match home winning streak held by the Aggies.

    With his fifth career selection as Pac-12 Player of the Week, Johnson is one of four Trojans to be win the award so far this season, joining his fellow 2012 honorees Ray Sarmiento, Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz.