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USC’s Brandon Holt Wins Oracle ITA Masters by UTR Singles Title

Oct 11, 2020

2020 Oracle ITA Masters by UTR

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — Three years after winning the Oracle ITA Masters singles crown as a sophomore at USC, Brandon Holt has captured the title once again as a professional. Fresh off finishing his USC playing career, Holt was among four other past and present Trojans at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif., for the 2020 Oracle ITA Masters by UTR — an event featuring college, elite juniors and professionals who had their fall seasons significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

USC juniors Bradley Frye and Jake Sands were alongside Trojan alums Holt, Logan Smith and Raymond Sarmiento for main draw action. Top-seeded Sarmiento — who won three NCAA Team Championships as a Trojan — reached the Round of 16. So, too, did Sands. Smith was ousted in the first round but would go on to pick up a win in the back draw. 

Frye, who was a teammate of Holt's for two years at Troy, notched two wins to move into Saturday's quarterfinals against Holt. That one would stretch into a third-set 10-point tiebreaker, which Holt claimed 10-3 to take a spot in the semis. Holt dispatched former Bruin Keegan Smith in another tight one there to advance to today's title match. Holt would square off against Ohio State's Cannon Kingsley, and the Trojan would put the pedal to the metal in speeding to a swift 6-3, 6-1 win that sealed the trophy for Holt. 

Full USC results below.

2020 Oracle ITA Masters by UTR
Barnes Tennis Center | San Diego, Calif.

Round of 32 - Oct. 9
[1] Ray Sarmiento (USC/Pro) def. Joseph Guillin - 6-2, 6-3
Jake Sands (USC) def. Nitzan Ricklis - 6-2, 6-1
Ryan Seggerman def. Logan Smith (USC ALUM) - 7-6 (4), 6-1
Bradley Frye (USC) def. Timothy Sah - 6-4, 6-4
[2] Brandon Holt (USC/Pro) def. Judson Blair - 7-5, 6-1

Round of 16 - Oct. 9
Kyle Kang def. [1] Ray Sarmiento (USC/Pro) - 6-4, 7-5
Govin Nanda def. Jake Sands (USC) - 6-3, 6-3
Bradley Frye (USC) def. Patrick Maloney - 6-0, 6-3
[2] Brandon Holt (USC/Pro) def. Sam Feit - 6-2, 7-6 (3)

Quarterfinals - Oct. 10
[2] Brandon Holt (USC/Pro) def. Bradley Frye (USC) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)

Semifinals - Oct.10
[2] Brandon Holt (USC/Pro) def. Keegan Smith - 6-7 (6), 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)

Championship - Oct. 11
[2] Brandon Holt (USC/Pro) def. Cannon Kingsley — 6-3, 6-1

Round of 16 - Oct. 9
Logan Smith (USC/Pro) def. Andrew Fenty - 6-0, 6-4

Quarterfinals - Oct. 10
Nathan Ponwith def. Logan Smith (USC/Pro) - 7-6, 7-6

Oct. 10
Alexander Brown def. Jake Sands (USC) - 6-4, 6-2