Trojan Tennis Loads Up National Rankings To Start Spring Action|
Jan. 7, 2015
USC is one of just 10 programs in the nation to have both its men's and women's teams ranked in the top-15. The USC men -- defenders of the 2014 NCAA Championship -- weigh in at No. 1 in the land for 2015. The USC women, who reached the NCAA Round of 16 last season, stand tall at No. 14 in the nation. The Women of Troy also reign supreme with six players locked into the national singles rankings, along with two ranked doubles teams. The USC men had five ranked singles players to go along with the nation's top doubles team in top-ranked pair Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz.
The USC women are coming off a strong fall campaign in which the Women of Troy swept the titles at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, with Zoë Scandalis winning the singles crown and Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combining forces for the doubles championship. Looking to build on last year's 18-8 finish and 7-3 mark in Pac-12 play, the USC women are set to kick off their spring 2015 campaign next week as they set their path toward what would be a 24th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. They'll have plenty of firepower for that bid this year. A full lineup of Trojans are standing strong in the latest national singles rankings. A #41, junior Giuliana Olmos leads the way, having played at the ITA National Indoors, reaching the ITA Southwest Regional semifinals, and wining the Jack Cramer Club singles title in the fall. Just below here are three more Trojans packed into the top-50. Senior All-American Zoë Scandalis -- winner of the Southwest Regional singles title -- ranks #44 in the nation. Also in the fall, Scandalis competed at the ITA National Indoor Championships and reached the Round of 16 at the ITA/Riviera All-American. Freshman Madison Westby enjoys a #45 national rank as she starts her first spring as a Trojan, while fellow freshman Gabby Smith also stands out at #48 in the land. Senior Gabriella DeSimone ranks #98 in singles, followed by sophomore Zoë Katz at #119.
In the women's doubles realm, USC's strength is highly regarded. ITA Southwest Regional and Jack Kramer Club champions Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith are tabbed at #14 in the nation to open the fall season. Olmos, too, is ranked at #31 alongside senior Zoë Scandalis. The pair reached the semifinals of the ITA/Riviera All-American in the fall.
On the men's side of the coin, the Trojans enter 2015 looking to add to their growing collection of recent NCAA championships. USC's fifth title in the past six years netted the university its 100th all-time NCAA Championship last year. The 2015 Trojans are certainly up to the task of defending that crown, thanks in part to a set of five Trojans in the national singles rankings as well as the top-ranked doubles team in the land. USC seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz are the nation's #1 pair, as 2014 ITA National Indoor doubles champs and finalists at the ITA All-American in the fall. Both All-Americans, the seniors also expectedly appear on the singles list. Hanfmann reigns supreme as the highest rank Trojan of them all, standing out at #3 in the nation. He reached the singles final at the ITA All-American and reached the quarterfinals at the ITA National Indoors. Next in line is another USC senior. Jonny Wang enjoys easily his highest post of his Trojan career, ranking #8 in the nation after a powerful fall campaign. Wang was a finalist at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships and reached the Round of 16 at the ITA All-American and ITA National Indoors. Sophomore Nick Crystal, meanwhile, stands at #58 in the nation. He reached the final of the USTA Clay Court Invitational and swept the titles at the Battle in the Bay in the fall. Senior Roberto Quiroz was limited in his action during the fall, and picks up a #68 ranking to start the spring, having reached the Round of 32 at the ITA All-American. Rounding out the USC rankings list is junior Max de Vroome -- clincher of the 2014 NCAA Championship victory. The junior reached the ITA Southwest Regional semifinals during the fall.
Both the USC men and women start up spring action next week. The Women of Troy open things first up with a dual match against LMU on Wednesday (Jan. 14) at Manhattan Beach Country Club. Both teams will also compete individually at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs Jan. 16-18. During that same stretch, the USC women will send some players to the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, and the men will have some players competing at the Sherwood Cup in Westlake Village.
Complete USC tennis rankings below:
(as of Jan. 6, 2015)
USC MEN - #1
USC WOMEN - #14