Powerhouse Tennis Players
USC caps an exciting season with ITA All-American honors going to players on both the men and women’s teams.By Elisa Huang
June 10, 2014
The USC men and women’s tennis teams netted top honors for the 2014 season with three powerhouse players named as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Americans.
On the men’s team, doubles partners Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann earned dual status as ITA All-Americans, having secured the honors for both singles and doubles this season. With several achievements earned as singles players, this is the first career ITA All-American doubles honor for the duo, who combined forces as the top-ranked and top-seeded pair in the NCAA Doubles Tournament this year. They finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation as a doubles power pair.
Sarmiento, who graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s in sociology at USC Dornsife, ended his USC career with three NCAA championships and as the nation’s No. 7 ranked singles player. Named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Sarmiento finishes as a five-time ITA All-American (four for singles, one for doubles) and also earned accolades with Hanfmann as the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year.
USC Dornsife international relations major Hanfmann ended his junior year with two NCAA team titles (one for singles, one for doubles) and with a No. 5 ranking in singles. Named the 2014 Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year, Hanfmann started his junior season strong by winning the ITA Southwest Region Singles Championship.
On the women’s team, Zoë Scandalis closed out her junior year ranked No. 20 in singles and with a second ITA All-American singles honors (she earned her first as a freshmen in 2012). The political economy major at USC Dornsife also boasts top-20 status in doubles as half of the nation’s No. 18 doubles team alongside partner Giuliana Olmos, who is undecided in her major. Scandalis also was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week and reached the ITA/Riviera All-American Doubles final with Olmos.
These honors cap an exciting 2014 season for USC’s tennis program, which included a stunning national championship win by the men’s team that secured the university’s 100th NCAA title.