Trojans Pick Up ITA Regional Awards
May 13, 2014
Three representatives of USC men's tennis have been honored with ITA awards for their 2013-14 success. Senior Ray Sarmiento has grabbed the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the Southwest Region; Roberto Quiroz is the ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch; and Krzysztof Kwinta is the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Senior Ray Sarmiento is on his way into NCAA action for the fourth straight year. A two-time NCAA Team Champion with the Trojans, he has captained the team in his junior and now senior seasons. He has become a leader on the court and off, and his standout performances has earned him the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the ITA Southwest Region. Ranked #9 in the nation in singles and #1 in doubles with teammate Yannick Hanfmann, Sarmiento is locked in to finish his Trojan career as a five-time ITA All-American. He has won individual titles as the 2011 ITA Southwest Region Singles Champion and a 2011 Pac-12 Doubles Champion.
Junior Roberto Quiroz is USC's winningest player this season, holding 30 singles wins as he carries an 18-match win streak into his third appearance in the NCAA Team Championships. Ranked #42 in the nation in singles, Quiroz was an ITA All-American as a freshman and has continued to make a name for himself. Now a junior, he has been selected the ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch. Already this season, Quiroz has won the USTA Clay Court Singles title and was named to the ITA National Indoors All-Tournament Team for No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. He has been the clincher in seven matches this season, most recently tallying the winner for the Trojans in a victory over rival UCLA.
USC assistant coach Krzysztof Kwinta has helped the Trojans back to the No. 1 ranking in the land. In his second season with the Trojans, Kwinta has been instrumental in working alongside head coach Peter Smith to the top seed in the coming NCAA Team Championships. At 28-3 overall, the USC men already have more wins than they did in three of their four NCAA Championship seasons, trailing only the 33-1 season posted in 2012 when the Trojans won their fourth consecutive crown. His knowledge and insight has been key to the Trojans' success this season, as they now make their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16. For his efforts with the Trojans, Kwinta has deservedly been named the 2014 ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year. It's the second selection for Kwinta, who also done the award in 2010.