Pac-10 Announces 2010 Men's Tennis All-Conference Teams
April 29, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC senior Robert Farah has been named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Year, while Farah and sophomore teammate Steve Johnson have been named Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. WASHINGTON's Kyle McMorrow has earned the Conference's Freshman of the Year honors and USC's Peter Smith was named Coach of the Year. The awards are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.
Farah, a native of Cali, Colombia, becomes the first Pac-10 men's tennis player to repeat as Singles Player of the Year since Stanford's Sam Warburg achieved this feat in 2004 and 2005. Farah becomes the first Trojan to garner this award multiple times in his career and the sixth all-time, joining Wayne Black (1994), Brain MacPhie (1993), Scott Melville (1988), Rick Leach (1987) and Robert Van't Hof (1980). The senior has compiled an overall record of 30-5 and was 17-2 in dual matches, including 5-0 in league matches. He was nearly perfect at the No. 1 singles position, boasting an impressive 13-1 record. Farah earned the Pac-10's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament by beating Stanford's Bradley Klahn in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6(4), at last week's Pac-10 Championships. He currently holds the No. 6 spot in the ITA singles rankings, and heads into the tournament riding an 11-match winning streak.
Farah and Johnson, an Orange, Calif. native, have been named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year for the second-straight season, marking the third-consecutive year the Trojans have won. Farah earned the honor in 2008 with Kaes Van't Hof. The tandem posted a 25-3 record overall this season and were 11-1 in dual match play, including a perfect 5-0 in Pac-10 contests. They earned the Pac-10's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament after defeating UCLA's Amit Inbar and Nick Meister, 6-3, 7-6(4) to win the Pac-10 Doubles title in Ojai, Calif. The pair is currently the fourth-ranked doubles team in the nation as it heads into the NCAA Tournament. They head into the championships riding a 12-match winning streak. This season, the duo won the ITA Regional Doubles Championship on Oct. 18, 2009, then won the Sherwood Collegiate Doubles Championship on Jan. 17, 2010.
McMorrow becomes the third Husky to win Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, joining Alex Vlaski (2002) and Alex Slovic (2004). The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native helped the Huskies to a 17-5 overall record and a fourth place finish in the Pac-10. During his first season, the rookie has compiled a singles record of 21-7, including 17-5 in duals matches. Primarily playing at the No. 2 singles position, McMorrow recorded a 16-5 record. In doubles action, he teamed with junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, where the duo tallied an 18-8 record, including a 14-6 record in dual matches. McMorrow and Nedunchezhiyan advanced to the Pac-10 Doubles semifinals in Ojai, Calif., falling to eventual champions Farah and Johnson of USC. In the current ITA doubles rankings, McMorrow and Nedunchezhiyan are ranked No. 77. The pair has been ranked as high as No. 50 this season.
Smith, a graduate of Long Beach State, earned his third Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor after leading the Trojans to back-to-back Pac-10 titles and the third championship in four years. Winning the award in 2004 and 2007, Smith joins Dick Leach as the only coaches to garner this achievement while leading the Men of Troy. In his eighth season at the helm of the program, USC posted an overall record of 19-3 and 5-1 record in league play. Smith has a pair of players ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings, Johnson (No. 3) and Farah (No. 6). The duo is also ranked No. 4 in the doubles rankings.
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