Madison Westby, Richard Gallien Earn Pac-12 Tennis Top Honors|
May 5, 2015
The top-ranked team in the nation, USC women's tennis has also garnered top honors from the Pac-12 Conference. Following the Trojans' undefeated Pac-12 season, USC head coach Richard Gallien has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, freshman Madison Westby is the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and three other Women of Troy have locked in with All-Pac-12 team accolades. Junior Giuliana Olmos leads that pack with a place on the All-Pac-12 First Team, with seniors Sabrina Santamaria and Zoë Scandalis on the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
Head coach Richard Gallien has guided the Women of Troy to one of the most standout seasons in program history, helping to secure his fifth career selection as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Also an honoree in 2013, 2009, 2006 and 1999, Gallien now sees his Trojans as the top seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his tenure. Gallien's Trojans went undefeated in Pac-12 play to win their second conference championship in the past three years. Currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, USC has enjoyed the top of the national rankings for the first time since 2003. USC will take an 11-match win streak into the NCAA Tournament, which is the program's 24th consecutive appearance in the tourney. Already with 21 wins this year, Gallien has secured the seventh 20-win season in his 20 seasons as head coach at USC. USC's 10-0 finish in Pac-12 play was the second undefeated conference finish for USC under Gallien's watch.
Madison Westby becomes the third Trojan to be named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, having stood tall for the Women of Troy in her freshman campaign this season. Currently ranked #57 in the nation in singles, Westby has been tabbed with a place in the NCAA Singles Championships. In her freshman season to date, Westby has posted a 22-9 overall singles record, going 7-1 in Pac-12 dual matches and 15-4 in dual matches overall. What's more, Westby came up clutch with six match-clinching singles victories, the most recent of which secured a win over rival UCLA to help the Trojans to an undefeated finish in Pac-12 play. She also was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week this season. Also a regular in doubles, Westby has gone 18-10 overall in doubles play to date. The last Trojans to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year were Sarah Fansler (2007) and Amanda Fink (2006).
Junior Giuliana Olmos, meanwhile, has upgraded last year's honorable mention pick to a unanimous spot on the 2015 All-Pac-12 First Team. Currently ranked #14 in the nation, Olmos has been a force to reckon with for the Women of Troy this season. She's the team's winningest singles player, boasting a 36-11 overall record with a 15-4 mark in dual matches and an 8-2 effort in Pac-12 play. She has perfect at the No. 2 singles slot this season, with a 10-0 record at that spot. In doubles, too, she has also proven powerful. Ranked #19 in the nation alongside teammate Zoë Scandalis, the pair is 15-7 overall and also bound for a place in the NCAA Doubles Championships. Olmos has already secured herself ITA All-American status as a 9-16 seed in the coming NCAA Singles Championships as well. This season, Olmo won the ITA Southwest Regional Doubles Championship with teammate Gabby Smith and reached the singles finals at the Jack Kramer Club and Freeman Memorial.
Seniors Sabrina Santamaria and Zoë Scandalis both have now picked up their fourth career set of All-Pac-12 honors with this year's selection to the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Santamaria was the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year and a two-time Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year before last year's season was cut short by injury. She has since powered back onto the scene, as the former #1 has secured herself back in the national rankings and currently weighs back in at the No. 1 position in singles and doubles in the Trojan lineup. Currently ranked #24 in the nation in both singles and doubles, Santamaria is 14-4 overall in singles with a 13-3 record in dual matches since getting cleared for action at the start of the spring. She's now set up with a return trip to NCAA competition with a place in both the NCAA Singles and NCAA Doubles Championships. This year's All-Pac-12 Second Team pick goes along with 2012 Second Team honors, 2013 First Team honors and 2014 Honorable Mention for the four-time ITA All-American. In her USC career to date, she has accumulated a 93-23 overall singles record and a 93-23 overall doubles record.
Fellow All-American Scandalis collected All-Pac-12 First Team accolades in 2012 and 2014 to go with Second Team selection in 2013 and this season. Currently ranked #38 in the nation in singles and #19 in doubles with Olmos, Scandalis holds a 27-12 overall singles record with a 12-6 mark in dual matches. She'll be making her fourth appearance in the NCAA Individual Championships this year with a place in the 2015 NCAA Singles and NCAA Doubles draws. In her four seasons as a Trojan, she has accumulated a career singles record of 107-46 and a doubles record of 99-59 as she enters the 2015 NCAA Team Championship. A six-time Pac-12 Player of the Week, Scandalis' career tally for the award is a conference record. She also laid claim to the 2014 ITA Southwest Regional Singles Championship this season.