Four Trojans Pick Up All-Pac-12 Team Honors|
May 9, 2013
Four members of the No. 4 USC men's tennis team have landed All-Pac-12 honors for 2013 as the Trojans now prep for the opening rounds of the NCAA Team Championships. All four are also bound for NCAA individual action as well, building a full plate of postseason competition for the newly crown All-Pac-12 teamers. Reigning on the All-Pac-12 First Team are juniors Emilio Gomez and Ray Sarmiento, with sophomores Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz living large on the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
Ray Sarmiento has picked up back-to-back spots on the All-Pac-12 First Team following Second Team honors as a freshman. After going 5-1 in Pac-12 dual-match play during the regular season, he will be making his third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Singles scene, having earned All-American honors as a freshman with a run to the Round of 16. He reached the Round of 32 last season. This year, Sarmiento has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, and he's secured a spot as a 9-16 seed for this 2013 NCAA Singles competition. With a 25-6 overall singles record to date, he's ranked No. 16 in the nation in the latest ITA rankings cycle.
Emilio Gomez had upgraded two seasons of All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention to this year's All-Pac-12 First Team pick. He, too, has hit his highest career singles ranking this season, having sat as high as No. 2 during the year. He takes the No. 7 seed into the 2013 NCAA Singles draw as the Pac-12's automatic qualifier. Currently holding a 22-6 overall singles record, Gomez is ranked No. 7 in the nation. This will be Gomez' second trip into NCAA Singles action, having reached the Round of 16 last year. His high seed into the 2013 tourney secures Gomez as an ITA All-American for the first time in his Trojan career.
Yannick Hanfmann has his second set of honors on the All-Pac-12 Second Team in his second season at Troy, holding a 5-1 record in Pac-12 dual-match play during the regular season. A return trip to NCAA Singles play also is in order for Hanfmann, who has scored a spot in the 2012 tourney as a freshman. USC's winningest player in dual-match action (19-1), Hanfmann holds a 27-6 overall singles mark and is ranked No. 45 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Making his first appearance on the All-Pac-12 honor roll is sophomore Roberto Quiroz, who went 4-0 during Pac-12 regular-season dual matches to join Hanfmann on the 2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team. He's also in the NCAA Singles draw after picking up ITA All-American honors on the doubles side last year. Quiroz, too, has taken up his highest career singles ranking this season, having held the No. 23 spot during the year. He's now No. 36 in the nation in singles and boast the most singles wins of all his Trojan teammates to date with a 34-9 overall record.
Gomez, Sarmiento, Hanfmann and Quiroz kick off the Trojans' defense of four straight NCAA Team Championship today (May 10) with their NCAA First Round match against Sacramento State at 2 p.m. at Marks Stadium.
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