Kaes Van't Hof Picks Up Second Pac-10 Player Of The Week Award

March 13, 2007

USC junior Kaes Van't Hof left little doubt about capturing his second career Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week award. After a doubles sweep and two three-set singles victories that both clinched dual match wins for the Trojans in a 4-3 win over #17 Rice and a 6-1 win over #6 UCLA, Van't Hof was the weekly winner once again.

The junior was perfect in doubles - getting the first win of the day in both matches - and went on to pull out three-set victories from the No. 3 singles position against #17 Rice and #6 UCLA. Partnered with Robert Farah, the pair dropped Rice's Mok/Muller 8-3 en route to the doubles point in that match before securing the win for the Trojans with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Filip Paroci. The 4-3 win over Rice boosted USC to a 10-0 record, matching the best season start for USC since 1988.

Two days later, Van't Hof then helped push the winning streak to 11 straight for USC when he upset #47 Chris Surapol 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to help USC hand crosstown rival UCLA - ranked #6 in the nation - a 6-1 loss. He and Farah again combined forces earlier in the match to top UCLA's Abig/Dehaine 8-3 in doubles play, keeping the pair undefeated at 8-0 from the No. 2 doubles position. Van't Hof himself has now won 10 straight dual match singles matches, holding a 19-3 overall record in singles.

As a team, 11-0 USC is now ranked No. 4 in the nation as the Trojans set up to face top-ranked Georgia on Wednesday (March 14) in Athens, Ga.

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