Brandon Holt Finishes Freshman Season With ITA All-American Honors|
June 8, 2017
With the final ITA rankings report locked in for the 2016-17 season, it’s freshman Brandon Holt who wraps his first season as a Trojan with ITA All-American honors. USC’s winningest singles player and one half of the Trojans’ top doubles duo, Holt ends the season ranked No. 17 in the nation in singles to secure a place as a 2017 ITA All-American in singles.
Holt’s powerful freshman campaign, which has now topped out with ITA All-American accolades, saw the new Trojan collect a 35-9 overall record in singles along with a 25-8 mark in doubles — all alongside fellow freshman Riley Smith. He would snag a spot in the NCAA Singles draw as well as the NCAA Doubles draw with Smith. In the fall, Holt claimed the ITA All-American Consolation Championship as well as the SoCal Intercollegiate Championship. In doubles, Holt and Smith beat four top-10 teams, including an upset of the nation’s then-No. 1 pair in the NCAA Team Round of 16.
Holt is joined on the final ITA rankings docket by four more Trojans. In singles, sophomore Logan Smith (23-18 overall) closes down the season ranked No. 94 in the nation, while senior Nick Crystal (16-14 overall) completes his USC career ranked No. 107. Crystal also holds down a spot in the national doubles scene, paired up with USC sophomore Laurens Verboven at No. 73 in the land with a 24-7 overall record this season. Crystal’s final push closes his USC career holding 79 singles wins and 79 doubles wins as a Trojan. Holt and his trusty doubles partner, Riley Smith, finish their first season together as Trojans ranked No. 11 in the nation — just a spot short of All-American honors, which go to the top-10 doubles duos. As a team, USC finishes the 2016-17 season ranked No. 6 in the nation after posting a 27-6 overall record with a run to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.
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