Brandon Holt Named Pac-12 Player of the Week|
Feb. 27, 2017
It was going to be a season of firsts no matter what for USC's Brandon Holt, who has stepped into a key role for the Trojans as a freshman. Rightly so, Holt is the first Trojan to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week as he comes off yet another winning week for the USC men's tennis team. USC leads the conference in all-time Pac-12 Player of the Week awards, having claimed 49 now on the men's side.
In two tight 4-3 wins last week, Holt came through in the clutch with singles wins that gave USC a leg up in both matches. Against No. 33 Cal Poly on Thursday, Holt and fellow freshman Riley Smith scored a win over #35 Donovan/Pang in doubles on court one. In singles, Holt tallied a straight-set victory over #57 Ben Donovan -- again on court one -- to push his Trojans out to a 23-2 lead in an eventual 4-3 victory over the visiting Mustangs. The next day against No. 35 Stanford, Holt was on his game once again. This time, the freshman took down Stanford's #12-ranked Tom Fawcett with another decisive straight-set win, beating the Cardinal's top gun 6-4, 6-2 to get a 2-1 lead for USC in a match that the Trojans would finally wrap as another 4-3 victory.
Ranked #27 in the nation in singles, Holt leads USC in singles and doubles wins this season. He's 26-5 overall in singles and has paired with Riley Smith for a #29 national ranking in gathering a 15-3 record together to date.