Brandon Holt Scoops Two ITA Southwest Regional Awards|
May 16, 2017
USC freshman Brandon Holt is no secret weapon any more for the USC men’s tennis team. The Trojans’ top gun in singles and doubles leads the team in wins in both realms. He’s also doubled up on awards from the ITA, now very much lodged on the radar of the collegiate tennis world as the ITA Southwest Region’s Rookie of the Year and Player to Watch.
In his first season as a Trojan, Brandon Holt has secured himself a place in the NCAA Singles draw as well as the NCAA Doubles draw alongside fellow freshman Riley Smith. Holt and his Trojans are through to the NCAA Team Championships, lined up for a Round of 16 clash against host Georgia on Thursday (May 18) in Athens, Ga. Ranked No. 19 in the nation in singles and No. 14 in doubles, Holt has collected 34 singles wins to date to go along with 24 doubles victories with Smith. Holt’s most recent heroics came with the match clinching singles win from court one to claim a 4-3 win over rival UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship in Ojai.
Holt is the second straight Trojan to be named the ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, following in the footsteps of teammate Jake DeVine. Yannick Hanfmann also earned the same honor back in 2012. The last Trojan to be named the ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch was Roberto Quiroz in 2014 — the last year the Trojans won the NCAA Team Championship. Holt is the fourth Trojan to be honored as a regional Player to Watch.