USC Freshmen Sweep Weekly Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — USC freshmen Roberto Quiroz and Gabriella DeSimone have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 20-26, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Quiroz picked up two doubles and two singles wins for the Trojans in their doubleheader on Friday, helping USC to sweeps against No. 60 San Diego State and No. 24 San Diego. The only Trojan to do double duty in both matches, Quiroz still dominated throughout. After a near-perfect doubles win with Emilio Gomez versus SDSU, Quiroz came through with the match-clinching singles win in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Rickey Baylon at the No. 3 singles position. A few hours later, Quiroz followed up another doubles win alongside Gomez with the first singles win of the match versus San Diego, taking down Ciaran Fitzgerald, 6-3, 6-1. Gomez is now 13-2 overall in singles and 10-1 in dual-match play. In doubles, he and his cousin Gomez are 11-3 overall and 9-2 in dual matches. With Quiroz's help, USC is off to a 13-0 start in 2012, extending the Trojans' overall winning streak to 33 consecutive matches.
DeSimone served up two match-clinching singles wins last week, including a winner in the Trojans' upset victory over No. 5 California to snap USC's five-match losing streak against the Bears. DeSimone opened the week with a three-set comeback win that clinched an eventual 7-0 USC win over UC Santa Barbara. DeSimone bounced back from a first-set loss to Paola Cos with a dominating effort in the next two sets, including a shutout in the third for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. Two days later, DeSimone held strong against her ranked Cal opponent, No. 103 Cecilia Estlander, to register another big clincher in a 7-5, 6-2 win that put the Trojans ahead 4-2 in the match. USC's eventual 4-3 decision over the Bears was the second upset win over a top-10 team for the Trojans this season. The winning week improves USC to 9-1 overall. DeSimone is now 13-5 overall in singles and 8-1 in dual match play.
Men's: Robin Cambier, ORE; Robert Stineman, STAN; Nicholas Kamisar, WASH.
Women's: Kim Stubbe, ARIZ; Nicole Gibbs, STAN; Pamela Montez, UCLA; Danielle Flores, UTAH; Denise Dy, WASH.
2012 Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 16 Nick Andrews, California
Jan. 23 Ryan Thacher, Stanford
Jan. 30 Ray Sarmiento, USC
Feb. 6 Nick Meister, UCLA
Feb. 13 Kyle McMorrow, Washington
Feb. 20 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
Feb. 27 Roberto Quiroz, USC
2012 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 16 Jana Juricova, California
Jan. 23 Zoe Scandalis, USC
Jan. 30 Elisabeth Fournier, Washington State
Feb. 6 Kaitlyn Christian, USC
Feb. 13 Zsofi Susanyi, California
Feb. 20 Robin Anderson, UCLA
Feb. 27 Gabrielle DeSimone, USC