Trojans Earn Pac-10, All-American Honors
June 4, 2008
The USC men's tennis team has tied its all-time top mark of four All-Pac-10 selections this season, landing Kaes Van't Hof, Robert Farah, Jaak Poldma and Gary Sacks on all-conference lists for 2008. Van't Hof and Farah also pick up their first-ever All-America honors following the pair's run to the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship. The senior-sophomore combo captured the Pac-10 Doubles crown in the way to their national title, and have been named the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year.
Senior Kaes Van't Hof caps off his stellar USC playing career with top honors across the board. Named an ITA All-American in doubles, Van't Hof also captured his first selection to the All-Pac-10 First Team for his standout season in both singles and doubles. Van't Hof swept the Pac-10 Tournament, winning the 2008 Pac-10 Singles title as well as the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles crown with Farah in Ojai. Van't Hof also earned a place in the NCAA Singles Championships, where he opened with an upset of the tournament's second-seeded player to reach the Round of 32. From there, Van't Hof teamed back up with Farah for doubles play. The Trojan pair expanded their winning streak to 26 straight victories en route to the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship, becoming the first USC team since 1989 to win the NCAA title. Also an accomplished student, Van't Hof finished his business and accounting degrees holding a 3.28 GPA, earning Pac-10 All-Academic First Team accolades. With a 32-10 singles record in his senior season, Van't Hof ran his career record at Troy to 104-49. His final ITA singles ranking was No. 29. And as the nation's No.1 doubles team, Van't Hof and Farah earned honors as the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. Van't Hof earned Pac-10 honorable mention in 2006 and second team honors in 2007.
Van't Hof's additional honors this season include accolades as the West Region's recipient of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and the region's Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year. Nationally, Van't Hof received the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, which goes to a men's player who displays sportsmanship, character, and excellent academics, as well as having had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments.
Alongside Van't Hof with All-Pac-10 First Team honors is sophomore Robert Farah, who finished his second season at Troy ranked No. 9 in the nation. Farah receives his first ITA All-America honors in both singles and doubles, having been included in the NCAA Singles Championships as the No. 6 seed following his run to a runner-up finish at the 2008 Pac-10 Singles Championships, where he lost to teammate Van't Hof in the final. He went 35-15 in singles this season at the No. 1 slot for the Trojans, bumping up his career singles record at Troy to 57-22. In doubles, Farah joined Van't Hof as USC's top guns, taking that 26-match win streak through the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Championship and the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship en route to honors as the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. Farah and Van't Hof went 39-3 overall in 2008 doubles play and finish ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Also garnering their first Pac-10 honors at USC are freshman Jaak Poldma and sophomore Gary Sacks, who held down the third and fourth slots in the Trojan singles ladder in 2008. Poldma, who went and astounding 22-1 in dual match singles play to finish 34-6 overall with a final national rank of No. 56, was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team. Sacks held strong in another competitive season for the Trojans, going 21-14 overall in singles and finishing up the season ranked No. 77 in the nation.
Joining Van't Hof on the Pac-10's All-Academic honoree list is junior Abdullah Magdas. The political science major had a successful season in which he went 24-8 overall in singles and won all four of his matches during the NCAA Team Championships and also excelled in the classroom en route to Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.