USC's Quiroz and Scandalis Sweep Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards|
Feb. 2, 2015
The USC men's and women's tennis teams reign supreme this week with a sweep of the Pac-12 Player of Week awards. After clutch performances in their respective matches in the past week, USC seniors Roberto Quiroz and Zoë Scandalis have been selected as the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Coincidentally, that duo also combined forces to sweep the award last season as well, having paired up for the USC sweep in March 2014. Scandalis' win this week is a historic one, too. Now with six career selections as Pac-12 Player of the Week, she sets the conference record for most wins by a women's tennis player.
Zoë Scandalis was the hero of the day in a true road battle. After combining forces with teammate Giuliana Olmos for a 6-4 doubles win that secured a 1-0 lead for the Trojans, Scandalis came through in the clutch with the clincher in singles. USC had trailed the host Waves 2-3 in the match before it locked up a 3-3 and all eyes turned to Scandalis' No. 2 singles match. Scandalis would fight off three match points - which would have handed the Trojans the team loss - and wound up digging out of a 2-5 hole to force a tiebreaker. In the breaker, Scandalis fought through to victory and won it all for her team in posting a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4) win over Pepperdine's Laura Gulbe. Scandalis now holds a 14-5 overall singles record and is 2-0 in dual matches. The USC women are now 4-0 after the tense win at Pepperdine.
Roberto Quiroz was victorious across the board in USC's winning run through the Pac-12/SEC Showdown in Athens, Ga. The senior whipped up doubles wins in both matches to help USC pocket the first point in both eventual Trojan wins. The momentum he gathered up in doubles would propel Quiroz to two quick straight-set victories in singles. Against Florida's #81 Elliott Orkin, Quiroz' 6-2, 7-5 win lifted USC to a 2-0 lead over the Gators, en route to a final 5-2 victory. The next day, Quiroz whipped up the first singles win for the Trojans once again. This one was a big one, as the #68 Quiroz upset Georgia's #15 Nathan Pasha with a 7-5, 6-2 win to again put USC ahead 2-0 on the way to a final 4-0 shutout of the Bulldogs from his court two spot. The USC men are now 5-0 overall with the winning road trip. Quiroz is now 10-2 overall in singles play and is 2-0 in dual matches.
Quiroz' selection is the fifth of his career and the 41st for the Trojan men. Scandalis' honor is the sixth of her career, which sets a new Pac-12 record, and marks the 30th overall selection for the USC women.