USC’s Daniel Cukierman Picked Pac-12 Player of the Week
USC senior Daniel Cukierman picked up the first weekly prize of the year from the Pac-12 in securing his third career selection as Pac-12 Player of the Week. Cukierman was perfect in singles and doubles last week as the Trojans tallied two dual-match wins to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Most notably, top-ranked Cukierman came through with a three-set comeback win in singles to beat UCLA's #10 Keegan Smith in the ITA Kickoff Weekend championship match, clinching victory for the Trojans to punch up USC's 13th straight title at the event and ensuring USC would make a 13th straight trip to ITA National Team Indoor Championship. USC won the national title at that event last year.
Also against the Bruins, Cukierman paired with fellow senior Riley Smith — together ranked as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation — for a win on court one before coming through with the singles clincher later.
Later in the week, USC took on LMU and served up a sweep of the Lions thanks in part to wins from Cukierman in doubles and singles again. Cukierman has now won 11 consecutive singles matches dating back to last season.
Cukierman and the Trojans have three more dual matches on tap this week at Marks Stadium. Tomorrow (Feb. 5), USC hosts Saint Mary's at 10 a.m. and UC Irvine at 2 p.m. On Sunday (Feb. 7), the Trojans take on San Diego State at 12 p.m.