No. 1 USC's Yannick Hanfmann Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
April 22, 2014
On the same day that the USC men's tennis team has taken over as the No. 1 ranked team in the land, USC junior Yannick Hanfmann has hauled in some individual honors for himself with selection as the Pac-12 Player of the Week today. The high honors for the Trojans and Hanfmann go hand-in-hand most certainly, as it was Hanfmann whose stellar play last week against rival UCLA was key in helping to lift USC to the big win while also earning him this week's award.
USC junior Yannick Hanfmann went big for the Trojans in their home victory over rival UCLA last week, following up a win in doubles with a huge straight-set upset of the nation's #1 player, Clay Thompson, on court one. After an 8-4 doubles win on court one with teammate Ray Sarmiento, Hanfmann stayed the course for a powerful statement in singles. He would upset #1 Thompson with a 6-4, 7-5 win that took the Trojans to a 2-1 lead over the Bruins - en route to an eventual 4-2 final victory over UCLA.
The dual-match win secured an undefeated Pac-12 finish for the Trojans, who now carry a 16-match win streak into their spot as the top seed in the coming Pac-12 Tournament. The win over #1 Thompson improved Hanfmann to 18-5 overall in singles this season. He and Sarmiento are now 13-1 together in doubles play.
Hanfmann and the top-ranked Trojans now await their Pac-12 semifinal opponent, which USC will face at 12 p.m. on Friday (April 25) at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif., as the Trojans take aim at a push for the Pac-12 Tournament title.