USC Freshmen Set For NCAA Men’s Singles & Doubles Debut|
May 5, 2017
USC men’s tennis has two Trojan freshmen who have earned themselves an extended stay in Athens, Ga., as they open their USC careers with spots secured in the NCAA Individual Championships. Freshman Brandon Holt pulls double duty with an at-large selection into the NCAA Singles bracket while also snagging an at-large position in the NCAA Doubles draw alongside fellow freshman Riley Smith. The two Trojans are now set to follow up their competition in the NCAA Team Championships with individual action, which runs May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Brandon Holt has made a huge impact for the Trojans in his first season at USC. The first USC freshman to play at the No. 1 singles spot since 2003, Holt has held his ground at the top slot while working his way to a current ITA national ranking of #19 in singles. Earlier this season, he set a career best in holding a #13 national rank in singles. Holt rides a four-match singles win streak into No. 4 seeded USC’s 11th straight NCAA Team appearance while boasting the most wins on the team with a 33-8 singles record to date. Holt also has logged four wins over top-25 singles opponents. Most recently, he clinched a clutch win over rival UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament title match for the Trojans to improve his dual-match singles mark to 16-5. He was the first Trojan to pick up Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season. The second was his trusty double teammate and fellow freshman Riley Smith. Holt and Smith have paired up to great success in their freshman campaign. The duo most the most doubles wins of any Trojan tandem to date with a 24-7 overall record, and have clocked in with a 17-5 mark at the No. 1 spot in dual matches. Holt and Smith will carry a #14 national ranking in doubles into this year’s NCAA action. So far, the pair has beaten four top-20 doubles opponents.
The last USC freshmen to appear in NCAA Individual competition were Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, who scored singles and doubles spots, respectively, in the 2012 NCAA draws. That event also was held in Athens, Ga., where the Trojans would claim their fourth straight NCAA Team Championship that year.
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