Trojan Tennis Players Earn ITA Regional Awards|
May 9, 2016
A trio of Trojan tennis players have landed high honors from the ITA as the postseason comes up for both the USC men and women this week. ITA Southwest Region awards go to Max de Vroome (Senior Player of the Year), Jake DeVine (Rookie of the Year) and Giuliana Olmos (ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award).
Max de Vroome becomes just the sixth Trojan to be named the ITA Southwest Region Men’s Senior Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Yannick Hanfmann. Hanfmann, it turns out, also was the last Trojan to be named ITA Southwest Region Men’s Rookie of the Year — the award that freshman Jake DeVine has locked in on. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, senior Giuliana Olmos is the first Trojan to earn the region's ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award since Anca Anastasiu won it in 2007.
In his final season at USC, de Vroome has risen to his highest career singles ranking, having cracked the nation’s top-20 at #18 in the land while also stepping into the No. 1 singles spot for his team. He currently ranks #23 in the nation in singles, boasting a powerful 28-9 overall record as USC’s top gun. He’s also secured his first-ever spot in the NCAA Singles bracket this season while leading the Trojans into their 10th consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance. To date, de Vroome has clinched four matches from his No. 1 singles slot for the 15-6 Trojans.
DeVine also has had a big hand in guiding the Trojans through a strong 2016 campaign to get to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight season. The freshman was instrumental in netting USC the No. 10 seed in the tourney, dishing out three match-clinching victories for the Trojans while building up a 25-12 overall singles record. DeVine also boasts a national ranking to #102 in singles in his first year at USC.
On the women’s side, senior captain Olmos has undoubtedly made a name for herself at USC and in the collegiate tennis realm. Recently slotted on the All-Pac-12 First Team for the second time, Olmos has a spot in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles draws while standing tall as USC’s top player entering the Trojan’s 25th consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance. on the court this year, Olmos has collected a 19-11 overall singles record while ranking #27 in the nation in singles. In doubles, she rose to her career best doubles ranking at #4 this season alongside partner Gabby Smith. The pair now ranks #6 in the land entering postseason play. Off the court, Olmos shines just as bright. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner founded the Rose Cup four years ago, and the now-annual event continues to draw support from USC Athletics in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Olmos started the event in honor of her teammate’s mother, Rose, who was diagnosed with breast cancer during Olmos’ first year at USC. Rose has since beaten the disease, but the event lives on thanks to the care and leadership of Olmos. This week, Olmos is set to become the first member of her family to graduate from a U.S. university. Throughout her four years at USC, Olmos has made a significant impact in her ability to connect with her teammates, coaches and throughout the USC athletic department, all contributing to her well-deserved honor as the ITA Southwest Region’s Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
For complete ITA regional awards, go to http://www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/News/Intercollegiate_Tennis_Association_Announces_2015-16_Division_I_Regional_Award_Winners.htm