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Unfriendly Hosts

The USC men's tennis season came to an end Thursday as the Trojans fell, 4-3, to Georgia in the NCAA Sweet 16. USC had the unfortunate draw of playing the host team and the Bulldogs bounced the Trojans from postseason play for the second consecutive season.

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While USC men's tennis always sets championship expectations under head coach Peter Smith, this season was a success in many ways. The Trojans developed a young core, including freshmen Brandon Holt (pictured) and Riley Smith, who won together in doubles and separately in singles. They also brought home some hardware in the form of a Pac-12 Tournament title.

"It's an incredible environment that was out there, it's often playing in that environment you really actually feel like they're cheering for you a lot of times," said head coach Peter Smith after the hard-fought road loss. "They got us in a couple third sets. They played great, and they were tough down the stretch, and they get to move on, and we don't."

The two freshmen will hang around Athens as Holt will compete in the NCAA Individual Championships and pair with Smith in the national doubles tournament.

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Up And Coming

ita-mtennis (1).jpgFor his impressive performance during his ongoing rookie season, USC men's tennis freshman Brandon Holt earned ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year and Player to Watch honors.

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Holt, who boasts a 33-8 overall record this season, is the first Trojan freshman to play consistently on Court No. 1 since 2003.

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Holt, who's the second Trojan in a row to win ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year (Jake DeVine), is ranked No. 19 in the nation in singles this season and No. 14 in doubles with fellow freshman partner Riley Smith.

Holt and Smith racked up a 24-7 record together heading into USC's NCAA Sweet 16 matchup at Georgia on Thursday.

After the NCAA Team Tournament has ended, Holt will compete for the NCAA Singles Tournament and NCAA Doubles Tournament titles.

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State of Troy - May 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

usc-beach-volleyball-pepperdine-ncaa-championship-mcgillen-050617-8842.jpgSwann on USC beach volleyball's third consecutive national championship...

Winning a championship is everybody's goal, but it is hard to attain. A three-peat is absolutely remarkable. It is one of the unique historical accomplishments to happen in any sport. For our top pair, Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes, their record is extraordinary. They will not realize how big this is for quite some time, and it is only going to get bigger.

Swann on the reaction to the recently-unveiled Coliseum seating plan after the renovation...

The messaging that went out last week was really well received. Most importantly, people understand it. Of course, there are a few folks fearful of change, but change is inevitable in any renovation and necessary in our situation. We will be sure to communicate with every one of our Trojan Athletic Fund members and season-ticket holders one-on-one to address their concerns as we believe that we have a suitable option for everyone. The fundraising support has been tremendous, and we are extremely grateful to all our loyal alumni and fans. At the end of the day, I believe that the Trojan Family will be happy with the changes that we are making and embrace the new seating grid. We will come together, support this football program, support this cause and turn out in full force for years to come. We will Fight On.

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Swann on the APR report...

I'm very proud of our student-athletes for their conscientious efforts in the classroom that have led to a best-ever department APR of 976. To have nearly half of our 21 teams record their highest APR in history is a testament to our focus on the "student" part of the student-athlete equation. We should also acknowledge the emphasis our coaches put on the academic performance of their teams and the support provided by our staff in the Stevens Academic Center.

Swann on Commencement Week...

This is my first time here for graduation week as the athletic director, and it is very exciting. Congratulations to all the seniors and post-grads on earning your degrees. I am looking forward to the Student-Athlete Graduation on Thursday and then the main ceremony on Friday. Unfortunately, some of our student-athletes will miss graduation because they are competing in postseason tournaments. It is one of the difficult aspects of being an athlete. But, our student-athletes put so much time and effort into competing for championships that I know they are willing to make the sacrifice to reach for their goals.


usc-womens-water-polo-princeton-2017-mcgillen-5185.jpgSwann on the rest of the spring sport calendar...

Men's and women's golf are beginning their road to the NCAA Championships. The men are in a great position as head coach Chris Zambri has done an excellent job. They had to battle snowy conditions at the Pac-12 Championships in Colorado, which maybe threw them off their game a bit, but they have an opportunity to win the program's first national championship. Andrea Gaston always seems to put the women's team in a position to succeed in the postseason, so I look forward to seeing what they do as well.

Women's water polo will battle for the NCAA title this weekend in Indianapolis. They will go in as the three-seed. They are used to being on top, but they have taken a couple losses lately. It all comes down to the NCAA Tournament though, and Jovan Vavic knows how to win championships.

Men's and women's tennis also begin NCAA Tournament play this week. The men have been playing beautifully, including winning the Pac-12 Tournament, and I expect them to compete for more hardware at the NCAA Championships. The women's team has really improved late in the season, so they could have a good showing as well.

Women's lacrosse has to travel to Florida for the postseason. Coach Lindsey Munday has had this team ready to play from day one. They have grown in confidence every step of the way. I look for them to continue their outstanding play.

Men's and women's track & field will battle for the conference championship this weekend up in Oregon. They have had a great season. I really enjoyed the Dual Meet win for the Women of Troy over UCLA, but the men fell a little bit short. I think both teams are peaking towards postseason competition.

Baseball continues on with a trip to Utah this week. We hope to put together a late season run after a tough couple of weeks.

Women's rowing is working hard. They have a difficult schedule with all the travel, but I think they will make a good showing at the Pac-12 Championships this week. It's that time of year. Everybody is competing and pushing to win hardware.

Season Starts Now

Tomorrow, USC men's tennis kicks off its national title hopes when it hosts the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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The fourth-ranked Trojans are in the tournament for the 11th year in a row, and are looking for their sixth title in the last nine seasons.

The tournament kicks off at Marks Stadium tomorrow at 10 a.m. with a battle between No. 30 Wisconsin (17-7) and No. 47 San Diego (17-10).

The Trojans (25-5) get going after that, with a 1 p.m. match against Denver (13-12).

Should USC defeat Denver, it would advance to a second round matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m. vs. the winner of Wisconsin and San Diego. Two wins this weekend would send the Trojans to Athens for the NCAA Round of 16 beginning on May 18.

A young crop of talent has lifted the Trojans to their 10th 20-win season and third Pac-12 title. Freshman Brandon Holt is ranked No. 19 in the nation and boasts a 16-5 dual match record playing primarily on Court 1. Down on Court 6, fellow freshman Riley Smith has been nearly unbeatable, with an 18-2 dual match record this season. Holt and Smith make up the 14th-ranked doubles team in the nation, going 17-5 together on Court 1 this year.

Sophomore Jack Jaede (pictured) has also racked up an impressive 19-3 record this season.

USC's seniors, Rob Bellamy and Nick Crystal, won an NCAA title their freshman year and are itching to make it back on top. The Trojans' quest begins tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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Holt Bolts to the Top

Written by Fernando Stepensky, USC blog contributor

The church bells tolled to mark 9 o'clock on an April night in Ojai, CA. In what was billed as "freshman talent vs. senior leadership," USC's Brandon Holt was locked in a battle with UCLA's Gage Brymer to decide the Pac-12 Men's Tennis championship.

The Trojans had made their way out to a 3-1 lead, but UCLA roared back to tie the match at 3-all, turning all eyes toward the final clash on Court 1. Holt and Brymer had traded the first two sets, then held serve all the way until the final game of set three. Nineteen-year-old Holt crushed a cross-court forehand on his third match point to finally break Brymer and clinch the victory for USC. His teammates rushed the court, lifting him up on their shoulders, and his mother -- Tracy Austin -- breathed a sigh of relief as she buried her head in her hands.

"Oh my gosh, that was so exciting," said Austin, who is a former world No. 1 tennis player and the youngest woman to ever win the U.S. Open. "All of a sudden Brandon's put into the situation as a freshman to play [Brymer], who is one of the most successful juniors in Southern California in the last decade, and he's a senior at your rival school. You just couldn't have put the pieces of the puzzle together better."

usc-mens-tennis-oregon-2017-mcgillen-2111.jpgHolt is the first USC freshman to play consistently at No. 1 singles since 2003, and with such a highly touted team this year, the accomplishment -- and the match-clinching victory at this year's Pac-12 Championship -- were all the more impressive.

USC men's tennis coach Peter Smith attributes Holt's success at the No. 1 spot to his level-headedness and ability to not put pressure on himself, even drawing a comparison between Holt and the calm, cool and collected USC football star Sam Darnold. 

"He makes everything look routine," Smith said of the freshman, who's ranked No. 19 in the nation. "In a way it's like, 'Whatever,' and I can promise you if Brandon was playing any other position it would be the same."

In fact, Holt conveyed an almost identical sentiment. 

"If coach wanted me to play two, I would be completely fine with that because I think that is what would be best for the team at the moment," Holt said. "I guess I didn't really expect to play No. 1, but I also wasn't very surprised. Coming in, I knew that I was playing very well, getting into the junior slams, I think I was around 40 in the world in the juniors, so I had a lot of confidence coming in, which was very nice, but it was never, 'I'm going to play one, I need to play one.'"

Holt's lack of total surprise makes sense, though, as he had already secured some major accomplishments under his belt on the junior circuit. While a student at Palos Verdes High, Holt traveled with the United States Tennis Association as a representative from his age group and played tournaments in Brazil and even in Europe for the Junior French Open.

"It's all fun, I mean I love it. You're traveling with your best friends and then coaches that are a lot of fun, so I mean every single trip is fun, but Brazil was a lot of fun," Holt said. "We went to Porto Alegre and São Paulo, we played two tournaments there, but the most fun was the one where we flew into Italy and played two tournaments in Italy, then one tournament in Belgium, and then the French Open, and unfortunately I got a stress fracture, so I had to pull out of Wimbledon, so that was kind of a bummer, but I think that was the most fun trip. It was four weeks in Europe with your best friends, just competing and just having a lot of fun."

usc-mens-tennis-oregon-2017-mcgillen-1980 (1).jpgHolt calls the International Tennis Federation Pan American Games, where he won in singles and doubles, his most memorable tournament as a junior. Holt also paired up with now-teammate Riley Smith at the Junior U.S. Open, where they earned wild cards into the draw, but made it to the finals.

Holt and Smith have continued to build upon that chemistry as USC's No. 1 doubles team this season, racking up a 24-7 record and a No. 14 national ranking. They recently earned an invitation to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships, following the culmination of the team championships this month.

Both freshmen come from tennis families, but Holt's mother has never put pressure on her son to become a professional tennis player like she was. She insisted he continue attending high school when many other at his level opted to be homeschooled in order to practice and travel more often.

"I went to regular public high school even after I won the U.S. Open," Austin said. "I think that it's very important for us -- my husband Scott and I -- just to not put all of your eggs in one basket where you're missing out on the socialization, and that's even problem solving and time management and trying to figure out your day. I think it's benefited Brandon greatly with his academics, making that transition to USC. He's a very social kid, a very well-rounded kid, and I think even a lot of that shows up on the tennis court, that balance."

Holt insists that while supportive, his family has never forced him into tennis. His motivation comes from within.

"I'm definitely trying to play professional tennis. Every day I wake up trying to think of how I can improve on the tennis court," Holt said. "I'm still just trying to keep that door open [as a business administration major] in case anything happens. I'm just trying to be realistic and honest with myself that there's a lot of people who are trying to be professional athletes, and it's not as easy as you think, things can happen. I think I'm on a great path and I'm giving myself every opportunity that I can to play professional tennis."

Holt and the Trojans secured the No. 4 seed in this month's NCAA Tournament and will host Denver in a first-round matchup at 1 p.m. this Friday. Should the Trojans win, they'll host the winner of Wisconsin vs. USD on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both matches take place at USC's Marks Stadium.

Kings Of The Conference

Youth trumped experience on Saturday night when USC men's tennis freshman Brandon Holt topped UCLA's senior leader to clinch the Pac-12 Tournament title.

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The third-seeded Trojans topped Utah and Cal to set up their fourth meeting this season with their crosstown rivals. After falling in two of the previous three, the Trojans had revenge -- and a Pac-12 crown -- on their minds.

USC got right to work, winning a tight doubles point to take an early lead. UCLA tied it up with a win in singles, but the Trojans won the next two singles matches to take a 3-1 lead with three courts still playing. When the Bruins took the first two of those courts to tie things up at 3, all eyes focused on Court 1, where 19-year-old Holt was battling UCLA senior Gage Brymer.

Holt took the first set, 7-5, but dropped the second, 6-3. He seemed to have the edge in a majority of the games, but Brymer continued to come through in the clutch, taking advantage of the tournament's no-ad scoring to steal a few points. Holt's strong serving and even keel put him in position to break Brymer at the very last minute, earning a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win.

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The win catapulted No. 7 USC to a 4-3 victory, its third Pac-12 tourney title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 NCAA Tournament begins on May 18 in Athens, GA.

Turn Towards The Tourney

Despite a comeback effort, sixth-ranked USC men's tennis fell to No. 8 UCLA in Westwood on Saturday.

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After splitting a pair of matches with the Bruins earlier in the season, the Trojans trekked across town with a share of the Pac-12 regular season title on the line. But the Bruins took a 1-0 lead by winning two of three doubles matches, and built upon that lead in singles play.

The Bruins went up 3-0 after two wins in singles, before USC's Thibault Forget got the Trojans on the board with a win on Court 5. On Courts 1 and 6, USC had momentum, but the Bruins clinched on Court 4 before those two matches  could finish.

With the loss, USC finished the regular season at 22-5 (5-2 Pac-12) and earned the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Trojans will play the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Washington on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the tough match in Westwood:

Trojans Eye A Title

USC men's tennis can clinch a share of the Pac-12 regular season title with a win at UCLA today.

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The No. 6 Trojans head to Westwood to take on No. 8 UCLA for the third time this season. The Bruins took the first battle, a 4-3 decision at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, but the Trojans pulled off a resounding 4-1 win when the teams met again last month.

Today's match, which begins at 3 p.m., will decide the top seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. USC enters the matchup at 22-4 (5-1 Pac-12), while UCLA is 16-4 with a 5-0 mark in conference play. Should the Trojans win, each team would have one Pac-12 loss and a share of the title. Should the Bruins come out on top, they'd win the conference outright.

Both the Trojans and Bruins boasts two ranked singles players, while USC also has two ranked doubles teams to UCLA's one.

USC freshman Riley Smith has the team's hottest hand right now, having won his last 12 singles matches. Sophomore Jack Jaede, meanwhile, has won six in a row.

The Trojans and Bruins clash today at 3 p.m. at UCLA.

Home Soil Hero

USC men's tennis legend Steve Johnson earned his second career ATP World Tour singles title at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston yesterday.

Johnson, who won 72 consecutive singles matches and back-to-back NCAA Singles Championships during his time at USC, fought through jet lag and exhaustion to defeat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5).

Over the last few weeks, Johnson has been racking up miles, playing in an ATP event in Miami and a Davis Cup match in Australia before returning stateside for the Men's Clay Court title.

En route to the championship, fourth-seeded Johnson knocked off German Dustin Brown and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco before facing off against his countryman -- and bronze-medal-winning doubles partner at the Rio Olympics -- Jack Sock. Johnson toppled No. 1 seed Sock in three sets to set up the showdown with Bellucci.

Johnson's title was the fifth for an American man this ATP season, the most the U.S. can claim since 2012. It's also the second of his career, after winning the Nottingham Open last June.

Sweeps For Seniors

usc-mens-tennis-stanford-rachel-bennett_DSC0047.JPGUSC men's tennis swept both of its Pac-12 opponents this weekend, in its seniors' final matches at Marks Tennis Stadium.

No. 6 USC cruised to a 4-0 victory over Arizona in its penultimate home match of the season on Friday. Though the Trojans spent the weekend commemorating their seniors, it was freshman Riley Smith who clinched the win that day.

On Senior Day against Utah, USC's three outgoing players stepped up and delivered. Senior Rob Bellamy paired with sophomore Jack Jaede to get the Trojans off on the right foot in doubles, before seniors Nick Crystal (pictured) and David Laser clinched the doubles point on Court 3. Bellamy and Crystal were both victorious in singles as well, with Crystal serving as the match clincher in the final home appearance of his career. Crystal, Bellamy and Laser helped lift the Trojans to a 7-0 sweep.

USC closes out the regular season with a rubber match of sorts against UCLA. The Bruins eked out a 4-3 victory in the teams' first meeting of the year, but USC dominated UCLA, 4-1, in the more recent matchup. Should the Trojans win this Friday's battle, they would share the 2017 conference title with UCLA.

Friday's match begins at 3 p.m. at UCLA.

Seniors' Last Sets

usc-mens-tennis-etsu-012817-mcgillen-7051.jpgThis weekend, USC men's tennis hosts its two final home matches of the season.

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The No. 6 Trojans are 20-4 (3-1 Pac-12) heading into this weekend's matches. When they face Arizona at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, they will aim for their 100th all-time win over the Wildcats, as their current series record stands at 99-2.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., senior captains Rob Bellamy and Nick Crystal (pictured) along with redshirt junior David Laser will play their last match at USC's Marks Stadium when the Trojans host Utah.

Bellamy, who hails from Pacific Palisades, CA, is 59-24 (.711) in his four years as a Trojan, while Crystal, a Waccabuc, NY native, is 77-34 (.694). Laser has gone 6-15 in his three years of competition.

Crystal and his doubles partner, Laurens Verboven, are ranked No. 76 in the nation together this season. USC's freshman duo of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith is the squad's highest ranked doubles team, at No. 11, and Logan Smith and Thibault Forget rank No. 80 in the nation as a pair. Holt and Logan Smith come in at No. 23 and 72 in the nation, respectively, in singles.

Neither Arizona nor Utah boasts a ranked player in singles or doubles.

At Friday's match against Arizona, the first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free poke bowl. After Saturday's match, the Trojans will hold a reception for the seniors, alumni and donors.

Go North

This weekend, the Trojan men's tennis team heads to the Bay to continue Pac-12 Play.

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No. 5 USC topped Oregon and Washington this weekend to start 2-0 in conference competition, and aims to improve upon that record against No. 19 Stanford and No. 12 Cal.

Despite inexperience, two freshmen have provided a consistent boost for the Trojans this season. Riley Smith has won 11 straight for a 15-1 overall dual match record in his first year at Troy, while Brandon Holt has held his own on the top two courts and managed a 12-4 record and a No. 19 national ranking.

Holt and Smith (pictured) have proven a formidable duo in doubles, reaching a No. 11 national ranking with a 13-2 record on Court 1.

Holt, Smith and the Trojans face Stanford tomorrow at 3 p.m. and Cal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow the team on Twitter and Instagram for updates!

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Mr. 600

600wins-mtennis (1).jpgUSC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith earned his 600th and 601st career wins this weekend as the Trojans opened up Pac-12 play.

No. 600 came on Friday when his fifth-ranked Trojans swept the Oregon Ducks, a team to which USC has never lost (23-0 all-time).

USC's 6-1 win over Washington on Saturday pushed Smith to 601 career wins. The Trojans won the doubles point easily, then racked up five straight-sets singles victories to earn the win.

Smith, who has the Trojans sitting at 19-3 (2-0 Pac-12) this season, is a five-time national champion as head coach at USC. He's been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year five times and the ITA National Coach of the Year twice during his 15-year tenure at Troy.

Before coming to USC, Smith spent time coaching at Pepperdine, Fresno State and Long Beach State, where he became the youngest coach in Division I tennis at the age of 23. In his 28-year career, he boasts an overall record of 601-220.

The Trojans are currently the highest-ranked Pac-12 team in the nation, at No. 5. They have five regular season Pac-12 matches remaining before the conference tournament in Ojai, CA at the end of the month.

McGillen Gallery: USC Men's Tennis vs. Oregon

USC men's tennis opened up its Pac-12 slate with a win over Oregon on Friday by a 5-0 margin.

John McGillen, the official photographer of the Trojans, captured all the best moments at USC's Marks Stadium.

Tennis and Tacos

This weekend, USC men's tennis kicks off Pac-12 competition with matches against Oregon and Washington.

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The fifth-ranked Trojans are 17-3 on the season heading into tomorrow's matchup with the 23rd-ranked Ducks, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium. The Kogi Truck will serve free tacos to the first 150 people in attendance. For those not in attendance, the match will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

Saturday's match against the No. 32 Huskies begins at 1 p.m.

USC boasts two players ranked in singles (freshman Brandon Holt at No. 21 and sophomore Logan Smith at No. 47), while Oregon has one (No. 40 Thomas Laurent) and Washington has one (No. 89 Mitch Stewart).

The Trojans have never lost to Oregon in program history (22-0), despite a tough test in Eugene last year that saw USC pull off a 4-3 comeback victory. USC has a similarly impressive, though imperfect record against Washington (27-5 all-time).

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The Streak

Tennis fans might know Steve Johnson as the United States' bronze-medal winning doubles player at the Rio Olympics, but the Orange County native made a name for himself at USC long before that.

While at USC, "Stevie" pulled off one of the most incredible accomplishments in the history of college tennis: a 72-match win streak that included two NCAA Singles Championships.

His fortitude helped lift the Trojans to four straight national titles as well (2009-10-11-12).

Check out The Streak, a short film by FloTennis detailing Johnson's legendary accomplishment.

Perfect 10

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After winning 10 straight singles matches and helping USC men's tennis go 4-1 in five matches this week, USC freshman Riley Smith has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.

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Against Lehigh, he and fellow freshman Brandon Holt clinched the doubles point in what would become a 7-0 win. He didn't play singles in that match, but in the second match of a double header that day, Smith made quick work of his Texas Tech singles opponent. His win proved crucial in USC's 4-3 win over the Red Raiders.

In USC's next three matches (vs. USF, Oklahoma and Baylor in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge at Indian Wells), Smith went undefeated in both doubles and singles.

His efforts against the Bulls and the Sooners helped USC tally a 4-0 and 4-1 win, respectively, to advance to the final of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge. In the championship match, the Trojans faced the Baylor Bears, whom they had defeated, 4-2, earlier this season.

But despite Smith helping USC win points in doubles and singles, the No. 7 Trojans fell, 4-3, to the No. 6 Bears.

Smith and the Trojans are having a strong year. While the team is 17-3 overall in dual match play, Smith himself is 14-1, with most of his individual wins coming at the No. 6 slot. He and Holt are 12-1 and ranked No. 19 in the nation together.

The Trojans get an extended break before hitting the court again vs. Oregon on March 31.

Lucky Number Seven

Yesterday, USC men's tennis won both ends of a double header to extend its current winning streak to seven matches.

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The seventh-ranked Trojans kicked off the day by besting the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 7-0. After winning the doubles point, all six of USC's singles players defeated their opponents in straight sets.

Later in the day, the Trojans endured a much tougher test against Texas Tech. Despite dropping the doubles point on Court 1 to a Splash Brothers duo of sorts (TTU's Connor Curry and Bjorn Thomson), the Trojans rallied on Courts 2 and 3 to head into singles play with a slight lead.

USC survived losses on the top three singles courts to mount a 4-3 victory over the Red Raiders, with Jack Jaede (pictured) serving as the clincher on Court 4.

USC's current seven-match win streak is its longest since winning nine in a row to open up the 2015 season. The Trojans go for eight on Friday at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge at Indian Wells.

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Sweet Revenge

USC men's tennis avenged a loss to UCLA last month with a resounding win over the Bruins yesterday.

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On Feb. 17, the Trojans fell to UCLA, 4-3, at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. When No. 14 USC hosted its crosstown rival at Marks Stadium yesterday, though, it faced no such difficulty.

Just like in the first match, USC clinched the doubles point to take a one-point lead into singles play. But this time, the Trojans flipped the script and racked up three wins in singles to earn a 4-1 victory over 13th-ranked UCLA.

USC's Thibault Forget got revenge against UCLA's Austin Rapp, who beat him at the National Indoors tournament, to push USC's lead to 2-0 on the day. On Court 1, Brandon Holt followed suit with a straight-sets victory over Martin Redlicki, who got the better of him last month. The Trojans dropped a point on Court 2, but USC's Logan Smith clinched the match on Court 3.

Though the win doesn't count towards conference play, it pushed the Trojans to 13-2 on the season as they head into next Tuesday's double-header with Lehigh and Texas Tech.

Looking for Revenge

Tomorrow, USC men's tennis hosts UCLA, aiming to avenge its 4-3 loss to the Bruins last month.

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The Trojans are 12-2 on the season and ranked No. 14 in the nation, while the Bruins are ranked No. 13 at 8-3.

In their last meeting, USC won the doubles point, but UCLA evened things up and pushed it to 3-3. The match came down to Court 1, where UCLA's Martin Redlicki upset USC's Brandon Holt to clinch the victory. Since that loss, Holt has gone 3-1 in dual match play and the Trojans have won four straight.

USC's two most recent matches were tight 4-3 victories, in which the Trojans dropped the doubles point and had to claw their way back ahead. Prior to those two matches, USC had won every doubles point all season, and hopes to get back on track tomorrow.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3 p.m. at USC's Marks Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public, and the first 150 fans receive a free grilled cheese sandwich from the Grilled Cheese Truck.

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