Farah, Smith Win ITA's Top Honors
June 22, 2010
As if back-to-back NCAA Team Championships weren't enough, the Trojan men's tennis team continues to rack up top honors for 2010. ITA Regional honorees for their powerful seasons entering NCAA action, two Trojans have also emerged with the nation's highest awards of the season following USC's run to the 2010 national championship. For guiding USC to its second straight NCAA crown, head coach Peter Smith has been named the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, and senior Robert Farah has been selected both the Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year and the Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year. He also has been honored by the Pac-10 as a spring Toyo Tires Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Peter Smith had his Trojan squad peaking at the perfect time once again, as USC hit a postseason hot streak and successfully defended its NCAA title. Carrying another 19-win record into the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans ballooned their overall record to 25-3 by the end of the season and captured the 2010 NCAA Team Championship - USC's nation-leading 18th all-time men's tennis national championship. That effort gave Smith his second national championship, and earned USC its first back-to-back NCAA tennis titles since 1993-94. Smith was also named the 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after the Trojans won a share of the conference title and earned the No. 5 seed into the NCAA Team Championships. Smith becomes the third USC head coach to be named the ITA Coach of the Year, joining George Toley (1978) and three-time recipient Dick Leach (1984, 1991, 2002).
Robert Farah's laundry list of 2010 honors is capped by his selection as the Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year along with No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles rankings as the 2010 season comes to a close. En route to the award, he was picked the Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Steve Johnson. He was the Pac-10 Singles Champion and Pac-10 Doubles Champion with Johnson this year and reached the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals. A three-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, he wrapped up his senior season as a Trojan with a 38-6 overall singles record to finish his career 126-35 overall in singles. Farah is now one of only three male Trojans to be named the ITA National College Player of the Year, joining 1996 winner Cecil Mammitt and 1986 honoree Rick Leach. Farah was named to the 2008 ITA National Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Kaes Van't Hof.
The Pac-10's Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, presented by Toyo Tires, were established to honor senior student-athletes within the conference who are standouts both academically and athletically in their respective sport. Farah is this year's Pac-10 men's tennis honoree, as he combined a brilliant tennis resume with a strong 3.15 GPA as a senior economics major.
Robert Farah's Career Honors
2006-07 Freshman Season Pac-10 Honorable Mention2007-08 Sophomore Season ITA Regional Doubles Champion w/ Kaes Van't Hof Pac-10 Doubles Champion w/ Kaes Van't Hof Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year w/ Kaes Van't Hof All-Pac-10 First Team NCAA Doubles Champion w/ Kaes Van't Hof ITA All-American (singles and doubles) West Region's ITA Player to Watch2008-09 Junior Season Sherwood Collegiate Singles Champion ITA Regional Doubles Champion w/ Steve Johnson Pac-10 Player of the Week (2) Pac-10 Player of the Year Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year w/ Steve Johnson All-Pac-10 First Team ITA All-American (singles and doubles) NCAA Team Champion NCAA All-Tournament Team2009-10 Senior Season ITA Regional Doubles Champion w/ Steve Johnson Sherwood Collegiate Doubles Champion w/ Steve Johnson Pac-10 Singles Champion Pac-10 Doubles Champion w/ Steve Johnson Pac-10 Player of the Year Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year w/ Steve Johnson All-Pac-10 First Team ITA SW Region Senior Player of the Year ITA SW Region Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award NCAA Team Champion NCAA All-Tournament Team (No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles) ITA All-American (singles and doubles) ITA National Senior Player of the Year ITA National Player of the Year