USC's Hanfmann is Pac-12 Singles Player of The Year & Doubles Team of the Year With Sarmiento
May 28, 2014
USC junior Yannick Hanfmann holds the conference's highest honors for 2014, named the Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year and teaming with senior Ray Sarmiento as the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. The two are joined by fellow Trojans Roberto Quiroz, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson as All-Pac-12 team honorees for their work in carrying USC through an undefeated Pac-12 regular season and on through to the 2014 NCAA Championship. USC's fifth national championship in six years marked the university's 100th NCAA title.
Ranked #10 in the nation in singles and #1 in the land in doubles with Ray Sarmiento, USC junior Yannick Hanfmann went 24-6 overall in singles with an 18-4 mark in dual matches. Now the 2014 Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year, Hanfmann began his junior season by winning the ITA Southwest Region Single Championship. Later, playing largely at the No. 1 position throughout the year, Hanfmann hit his stride there in late March, when he began to string together a win streak that carried him deep into the postseason. Six straight singles wins at the No. 1 spot turned into 10 in a row as Hanfmann went undefeated at that position during the NCAA Tournament. His upset of #6 Alex Domijan of Virginia was the clincher for USC in the NCAA Semifinals, and he'd take down another top-10 opponent in #5 Guillermo Alcorta in the NCAA title match to help lock the Trojans in with the 2014 national championship. Hanfmann was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the No. 1 singles position and was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week in 2014. Hanfmann brings USC its ninth conference Player of the Year award, following back-to-back selections by Steve Johnson in 2011 and 2012. Hanfmann was a two-time All-Pac-12 Second Team honoree before earning this year's high honors and a spot on the 2014 All-Pac-12 First Team.
In doubles, Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento spent the bulk of the season in the nation's top-10 before working up to #1 in April to help the junior-senior duo lock in as the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. Together, Hanfmann/Sarmiento posted a 15-4 overall record and went 15-3 in dual matches playing full-time at the No. 1 position. The pair is the fifth Trojan duo to be named conference Doubles Team of the Year, following the 2012 selection of Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz.
Hanfmann's partner in doubles crime, Ray Sarmiento, also had a stellar season in the singles realm en route to this year's selection to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Sarmiento entered his fourth NCAA Tournament as the nation's #9 singles player. He'd win four straight matches at the No. 2 position in taking the Trojans through the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals and issuing two top-10 takedowns to punch up Trojan victories in the Semifinals and NCAA Championship matches. In all, the standout senior went 24-10 overall in singles play this season, going 18-7 in dual matches. He closes his illustrious USC career with a 125-41 overall singles record and a 95-29 mark in doubles play. This is Sarmiento's third consecutive pick to the All-Pac-12 First Team, having earned Second Team honors as a freshman. He'll also go down as a five-time ITA All-American to go along with the three NCAA Team Championships he has been a part of at Troy. Sarmiento also recently was honored as the 2014 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Southwest Region Sportsmanship and Leadership Award recipient.
USC's third All-Pac-12 First Team honoree is junior Roberto Quiroz, who has upgraded his status from a Second Team pick last season. This year, Quiroz posted a team-best 32 singles wins as he built a daunting 20-match win streak as the Trojans dug deep into NCAA competition. Ranked #42 in the nation, Quiroz amassed a 32-6 overall singles record with a 24-3 stand in dual matches. He stood tall as a repeat winner of the USTA Clay Court Singles Championships, and was named to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships All-Tournament Team for No. 3 singles and for No. 2 doubles with partner Connor Farren. Quiroz was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week in 2014.
First-time recipients of All-Pac-12 honors are Trojans Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson -- both slotted with All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for their successes in USC's 2014 campaign. A sophomore, de Vroome is in the books as the clincher of the Trojans' 2014 NCAA Championship, where the #91 de Vroome upset Oklahoma's #53 Andrew Harris to secure the university's 100th NCAA title. That wrapped a sparkling sophomore season for de Vroome, who went 26-10 overall in singles play and 17-4 in dual matches. He was a finalist to teammate Quiroz at the USTA Clay Court Championships and won the doubles title alongside fellow honorable mention recipient Johnson at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships. The two would also land honors on the NCAA All-Tournament Team -- de Vroome at No. 4 singles and Johnson at No. 5 singles. Johnson hit a hot streak during NCAA action, winning five singles matches during the tourney including clutch straight-set victories in the Semifinal and Championship matches. He'd match Quiroz with a team-best 32 singles wins on the season, going 32-9 overall and going 23-3 in dual matches. He and de Vroome teamed up to great success on the doubles courts, too, hauling in a 28-10 record together with a 21-6 mark in dual matches.
USC's 2014 Pac-12 honorees are below. For more information, visit pac-12.com.