Lee and Xepoleas Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    BeeJay Lee
    March 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - USC track and field senior BeeJay Lee and women's tennis freshman Meredith Xepoleas were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Mar. 16-22 on Monday, Mar. 23.

    BeeJay Lee showcased a record performance in front of the home crowd at the Trojan Invitational over the weekend. To start off the final day of events, Lee teamed up with Just' N Thymes, Bryan Mercado, Andre De Grasse in the 4x100 relay. The group sprinted to victory with a time of 39.74, outracing their previous best time of 40.28.

    The senior continued his dominance later in the day with a win in the 200m. Lee clocked in at a personal-best 20.51 (+1.3), out-running fellow Trojan Just'N Thymes who finished at 20.55 (+1.3). With that performance, Lee now has the fastest 200m time in the country. The Trojans are next scheduled to compete in the Florida Relays on April 3-4.

    Also nominated for men's student-athlete of the week honors: Eric Johnson (tennis), Christopher Orenic (volleyball), and Blake Lacey (baseball).

    Meredith Xepoleas was resilient against Cal as her clutch win proved to be the deciding factor in the dramatic win over No. 3-ranked Cal. At singles #83 Xepoleas faced a tough match against #34 Lynn Chi. The freshman claimed the first set 7-6(6) in a thrilling tiebreaker before dropping the second set 2-6. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 between the Trojans and Bears, all eyes turned to set three between Xepoleas and Chi. Xepoleas wound up winning the final set 6-3 to claim the final point of the match as USC won 4-3 to upset Cal.

    Xepoleas brought her momentum over into a dual match against #10 Stanford as the freshman cruised to victory 6-0, 6-1 in the Trojan win. Xepoleas has also been named Pac-12 Player of the Week. The Women of Troy are next scheduled travel to Eugene, Ore. to face the Ducks on Friday, Mar. 27.

    Also nominated for women's student-athlete of the week honors: Kendyl Stewart (swimming), Kelly Cales and Sara Hughes (tennis), and Karen Chung (golf).

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Rachel Dobrin, Robby Kolanz, Dru Chavez, Colette Garcia, Andrew McKagan, Tera Novy, Max Schwartz and intern Katie Ryan.