USC Men’s Tennis Brings Brandon Holt And Riley Smith To Troy|
Nov. 28, 2015
USC men’s tennis powers up with a pair of talented newcomers for the 2016-17 campaign. Head coach Peter Smith is happy to announce the signings of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith to national letters of intent.
Both newcomers bring strong tennis ties to the Trojan Family. Holt’s mother, Tracy Austin, was a two-time US Open Champion, and Riley Smith is the son of current head coach Peter Smith, who has seen the Trojans to five NCAA Championships during his coaching career at USC. Both Trojans also have brothers currently involved with the USC tennis program as well. Dylan Holt has been a team manager, and Tanner Smith is currently a sophomore on the men’s team.
“These are two guys who have dreamed of being Trojans, and I can’t wait to coach them and have them as part of the team,” Peter Smith said of Holt and Smith. “They have bright futures at USC."
Adding to the familiarity for the two new Trojans is the pair’s previous experience as doubles teammates. Brandon Holt and Riley Smith recently won the Laguna Niguel 10K Pro Futures championship, and have also collected hardware together as Southern California Sectional champions. Holt and Smith also took third at the National Championships and second at the US Open Junior Championships.
Holt hails from Palos Verdes High School, while Smith will come to Troy from Los Alamitos High School. Holt ranks No. 5 in the country for seniors according to TennisRecruiting, and Smith ranks No. 15. Holt recently won the prestigious ITF Tulsa title, and also was the Southern California Sectional singles champion. Playing for Palos Verdes High, Holt won the CIF singles title. Smith helped lead his Los Alamitos High squad to the 2015 CIF championship.