Nine Trojans have been selected by their countries to compete at the World University Games, per to USC’s Ripsit Blog. This event highlights the best in Olympic sports around the world, showcasing their skills at the highest level of collegiate athletics.
The summer championships will take place at Universiade Kazan in Russia beginning on July 6th, with the closing ceremonies set for July 17th.
Following their four-time national championship run which ended in the Sweet 16 this season at the hands of Ohio State, USC Men’s Tennis will send four players to Russia for the event: Ray Sarmiento (No. 18 in Singles), Michael Grant, Eric Johnson and Jonny Wang.
The Women of Troy were the fifth-ranked tennis team in the nation, coming off an impressive undefeated run in Pac-12 play to clinch the conference title. After losing in a four-hour thriller to eventual national champion Stanford, the Trojans send four of their best players to the international competition: Kaitlyn Christian, Sabrina Santamaria (No. 3 Singles), Ellie Yates and Gabriella DeSimone will represent the Women of Troy.
All-Pac 12 selection Cassie Harberts, pictured above, will represent the Women of Troy in women’s basketball basketball. Harberts led the Trojans in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rbp), blocks (1.1 bpg) in her junior year. The leading cog on both ends of the court last year, Harberts will be a cornerstone for next year’s club.
Alongside these Trojans, head coaches Peter Smith, Krzysztof Kwinta and Wes Nott will serve as tennis coaches. Smith notched his 500th win of his career this season against Stanford.
The Trojans will continue to prep for these international collegiate games hoping to showcase their skills not only against Pac-12 talent, but help the USA overcome their 5th place finish in last year’s competition.