Logan Smith Named Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Newcomer of the Year|
June 7, 2016
USC freshman Logan Smith is just the second Trojan to be named Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, while he joins a group of five USC men on the All-Pac-12 honor roll for 2016. Senior captain Max de Vroome caps his Trojan career with a well-deserved spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team, with fellow captain Nick Crystal picking up a spot on the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Logan Smith, freshman Jake DeVine and sophomore Thibault Forget have earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Logan Smith follows in the footsteps of USC’s last — and only other — Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year honoree, Yannick Hanfmann. Hanfmann’s 2012 selection was the first such hour by a Trojan. In his freshman campaign, Smith stepped up big for USC. He’d spend the bulk of the season playing at the No. 3 singles slot, and would go on to build a 14-8 record during dual-match play for the Trojans, who reached the NCAA Team Tournament for the 10th straight season. Ranked as high as No. 40 in the land during the year, Smith would complete his freshman season ranked No. 77 nationally in singles and with a 27-13 overall record. In his first fall with the Trojans, Smith reached the ITA Southwest Regional title match and won the Sherwood Collegiate consolation championship. He would go on to clinch three matches for USC in the spring, and has added All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention to his resume along with this 2016 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year award.
Senior captain Max de Vroome’s upward trajectory has carried him to a laundry list of accolades in 2016. As he wraps his Trojan career, de Vroome has upgraded to a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team, stepping up from last year’s Second Team selection and Honorable Mention as sophomore. Also honored this year as the ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year, the Netherlands native won the Southern California Intercollegiate singles crown this fall before helping guide the Trojans on to their 10th consecutive NCAA appearance. Along the way, de Vroome would clinch four matches and work his way to a career-best singles ranking at No. 18 in the land. For the first time in his career, de Vroome earned himself a place in the NCAA Singles draw, and closed out his senior campaign with a 28-12 overall singles record, with an 11-7 mark in dual-match play, competing primarily at the No. 1 singles slot. He went a perfect 6-0 in Pac-12 regular-season matches in 2016. After four years of work for the Trojans, de Vroome closes down his USC career with an overall singles record of 109-42 and ranked No. 24 in the nation. In doubles, de Vroome constructed a career record of 87-44.
Junior Nick Crystal, meanwhile, has locked in on his first-ever spot on the conference honor roll, taking up his place on the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Crystal had opened the season as the Cajun Tennis Classic singles champion, and went on to collect Pac-12 Player of the Week honors as well as his first career selection to the NCAA Singles draw. Playing primarily at the No. 2 singles spot, Crystal finished up the season at 24-11 overall in singles and went 5-1 in Pac-12 regular-season matches while winding up ranked No. 39 in the nation. In doubles, Crystal also shined, going 16-8 on the year and working his way up to a final doubles ranking of No. 30 in the land.
Sophomore Thibault Forget has his first set of All-Pac-12 accolades on his resume after earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Also a Pac-12 Player of the Week pick during the year, Forget clinched four matches for the Trojans and pieced together an 11-match win streak during the season. He finished as USC’s winningest singles player, holding a 31-9 overall record while going 5-1 in Pac-12 matches and 18-1 in all dual matches, playing mostly at the No. 5 singles slot. He cracked the nation’s top-100 in singles during the year, and finished out the 2016 season having won his last seven singles matches, including a perfect 3-0 mark during USC’s NCAA journey.
Freshman Jake DeVine had his first season cut somewhat short due to a late-season injury, but his impact during the bulk of the 2015-16 campaign was huge. Named the ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, DeVine went 25-12 overall in singles and posted a 13-5 record in dual-match action. He clinched three matches for the Trojans, competing largely at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. DeVine would wrap the year’s work ranked No. 102 in the nation in singles en route to this year’s selection for All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
For the complete All-Pac-12 awards list, go to pac-12.com.