Johnson, Rivera, Ishimatsu and Scandalis Earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships|
July 9, 2015
Eric Johnson of Men’s Tennis, Cristian Rivera of Men’s Volleyball, Haley Ishimatsu of Women’s Diving and Zoë Scandalis of Women’s Tennis were named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year, it was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott today (July 9).
To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.00, be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility or be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team, intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and represented their schools well in the field of competition.
During his career at USC, Johnson helped the Trojans win three NCAA Championships and reach the 2015 NCAA Quarterfinals where they fell to host No. 2 Baylor. Johnson finished the regular season ranked No. 74 in singles. Johnson has been a strong representative of USC both on and off the tennis court for the duration of his career. His service as a Trojan included volunteer work at the Rose Cup charity tennis tournament, A Day in Troy, and a meal packing event in relief of the Philippines' recent typhoon.
The opposite hitter Rivera helped lead USC to a No. 8 ranking in 2015, where they fell in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) semifinals to UC Irvine. He was also a member of USC’s 2012 NCAA runner-up team as a freshman. Rivera was named to three MPSF All-Academic Teams as he maintained a 3.84 grade-point average in international relations/comparative literature.
Ishimatsu is a two-time NCAA champion, four-time Pac-12 champion and four-time All-American diver. She graduated with a 3.73 GPA in sociology with a minor in forensics and criminality and became USC’s 34th CoSIDA Academic All-America first team selection. The 2008 Olympian Ishimatsu scored in seven career NCAA events, was named the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Year and was named the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The team captain Scandalis helped lead the USC women’s tennis team to the No. 1 ranking in 2015, but they were upset in the NCAA semifinals by eventual champion Vanderbilt. Her well-decorated career has included being a two-time ITA All-American, being named the 2014 Female Trojan of the Year, setting the Pac-12 record for earning six Player of the Week honors and being ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in both single and doubles. She completed her USC career with a 108-48 singles record and a 103-53 record in doubles play. Of the court and outside the classroom, Scandalis has been extremely active in community service and campus activities. A member of Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, Scandalis has been involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup and Athletes in Action on campus. But her commitment to service has extended beyond campus, too. Some of Scandalis' most rewarding work has been done as a mentor to 7th and 8th grade girls at the 32nd Street School. That passion for outreach prompted Scandalis to get involved with Girl Up -- the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls -- which she continues to work with while competing on the USTA Pro Circuit.