Jason McNaughton Nabs Pac-10 Player Of The Week Award
April 6, 2010
USC senior Jason McNaughton has grabbed his first career honor as Pac-10 Player of the Week after stepping into the lineup for an injured teammate last weekend and coming up with huge singles wins for the Trojans. McNaughton is the fourth Trojan to win the conference award this season, helping the USC men into the all-time lead with 15 overall Pac-10 Player of the Week selections.
Against #7 Stanford, McNaughton came through with a powerful straight-set win over Greg Hirshman -- handing the Cardinal player his first loss of the season at the No. 6 singles position - to take USC ahead 3-1 as the remaining three matches all went into tense three-setters. His win also helped secure McNaughton a spot in the lineup for the following day against #17 California. There, McNaughton was slotted at No. 5, and the senior captured another win by handing a rare dual-match loss to Riki McLachlan to round out USC's 6-1 win over the Bears. In limited time this season due to early-season injury, McNaughton has now won his past four singles matches.
With a 5-2 win over #7 Stanford and a 6-1 win over #17 California, USC is now 18-2 overall and 4-0 in Pac-10 play.
This week, the USC men have moved up a notch in the national rankings to stand at #3 in time for a trip to #35 Arizona for another step in Pac-10 play. A USC win over Arizona on Friday (April 9) can clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the #3 Trojans, as they currently stand as the only undefeated team in Pac-10 play with just two matches left.