DeSimone & Quiroz Sweep Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards|
Feb. 27, 2012
USC women's and men's tennis have both made powerful starts to 2012, tallying a combined 22-1 overall record in dual-match play to both share top-10 rankings in the nation. Both squads also grabbed two more victories apiece last week, with freshmen snagging key wins. For their dominating winning efforts in the past week, Gabriella DeSimone and Roberto Quiroz have each picked up honors as the Pac-12 Player of the Week -- the first such awards of their careers.
On the women's side, freshman Gabriella DeSimone served up two match-clinching singles wins last week, including a winner in the Trojans' upset victory over No. 5 California to snap a five-match losing skid for USC against the Bears. DeSimone opened the week with an impressive three-set comeback win that clinched an eventual 7-0 USC win over UC Santa Barbara. DeSimone bounced back from a first-set loss to Paola Cos with a dominating effort in the next two sets, including a shutout in the third for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. Two days later, DeSimone held strong against her ranked Cal opponent, #103 Cecilia Estlander, to register another big clincher in a 7-5, 6-2 win that put the Trojans ahead 4-2 in the match. USC's eventual 4-3 decision over the Bears was the second upset win over a top-10 team for the Trojans this season. The winning week improved the No. 7 USC women to 9-1 overall. DeSimone is now 13-5 overall in singles and 8-1 in dual match play.
Meanwhile, freshman Roberto Quiroz registered two doubles and two singles wins for the USC men in their doubleheader on Friday, helping USC to sweeps against #60 San Diego State and #24 San Diego. The only Trojan to do double duty in both matches, Quiroz still dominated throughout. After a near-perfect doubles win with Emilio Gomez vs. SDSU, Quiroz came through with the match-clinching singles win in a powerful 6-1, 6-3 win over Rickey Baylon at the No. 3 singles position. A few hours later, Quiroz followed up another doubles win alongside Gomez with the first singles win of the match vs. San Diego, taking down Ciaran Fitzgerald in another strong showing, 6-3, 6-1. Gomez is now 13-2 overall in singles and 10-1 in dual-match play. In doubles, he and his cousin Gomez are 11-3 overall and 9-2 in dual matches. With Quiroz's help, the No. 1 USC men are off to a 13-0 start in 2012, extending the Trojans' overall winning streak to 33 consecutive matches.
Both teams set up to take on their crosstown rival UCLA this week. The USC men play in Westwood against the Bruins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 29). The USC women host the Bruins in a 1:30 p.m. match on Thursday (March 1) at Marks Stadium.