Holt Is Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year To Lead USC’s Four All-Pac-12 Trojans

    June 14, 2017

    USC men’s tennis is locked in with four Trojans on the 2017 All-Pac-12 honor roll, led by Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year Brandon Holt. Holt also snags First Team honors, with senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Logan Smith on the Second Team and sophomore Jack Jaede earning Honorable Mention.

    Brandon Holt is the third Trojan to be named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, following in the footsteps of teammate Logan Smith (2016) and Yannick Hanfmann (2012). Also recently crowned an ITA All-American in singles, Holt was USC’s winningest player in singles and one half of the Trojans’ top doubles duo. He ended the season ranked No. 17 in the nation in singles and No. 11 in doubles alongside fellow freshman Riley Smith. Holt’s powerful freshman campaign, which has him on the list as an All-Pac-12 First Team selection, saw the new Trojan collect a 35-9 overall record in singles along with a 25-8 mark in doubles with Smith. Holt also was named the ITA Southwest Region’s Player to Watch and Newcomer of the Year. He had the match-clinching win to net USC the 2017 Pac-12 Tournament Championship, and would go on to snag a spot in the NCAA Singles draw as well as the NCAA Doubles draw with Smith. 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, and finished 2016-17 ranked No. 11 in the land. The last USC freshman to be named to the All-Pac-12 First Team was Steve Johnson in 2009.

    Senior Nick Crystal closes down his USC career as a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree. An honorable mention recipient as a sophomore, Crystal has now collected back-to-back spots on the All-Pac-12 Second Team. In his senior season, the captain clinched four matches for his Trojans, who went 27-6 overall, won the Pac-12 Tournament Championship and reached the NCAA Round of 16. Crystal finished the year ranked No. 107 in the nation in singles and No. 73 in doubles with partner Laurens Verboven. Also a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention recipient this year, Crystal finishes his time at Troy holding 79 career singles wins and 79 career doubles victories.

    Sophomore Logan Smith follows up last year’s selection as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention with this season’s upgrade to the 2017 All-Pac-12 Second Team. Playing largely at the No. 3 singles spot for USC’s dual matches, Smith collected a 23-18 overall singles record in his sophomore season. He clinched three dual matches — including wins over Stanford and UCLA — and finished the year ranked No. 94 in the nation in singles.

    Jack Jaede manufactured a 13-match win streak during his sophomore campaign, building his way to a final 24-8 overall record in singles action. The Aussie clinched seven matches for his Trojans and went 5-1 in Pac-12 dual matches — all at the No. 4 singles slot. In Pac-12 doubles, Jaede was a perfect 5-0 on court three alongside partner Rob Bellamy, as the pair owned a 19-5 mark together by season’s end. This year’s All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention marks Jaede’s first career award from the conference. 

    For the complete All-Pac-12 awards release, go to pac-12.com/sport/mens-tennis