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USC's Steve Johnson wins another NCAA tennis title

May 29, 2012|By Gary Klein

USC tennis player Steve Johnson extended his winning streak to 72 matches and won his second consecutive NCAA singles title Sunday at Athens, Ga.

Johnson, in the near-court in the above video, defeated Kentucky’s Eric Quigley, 6-4, 6-4, to finish the season 32-0. Last week Johnson, a senior from Orange, helped the Trojans win their fourth consecutive NCAA team title.

“Coming into college, I was thinking I’d be happy if could get one title,” Johnson said in a phone interview. “To top it off like this was beyond any kind of my wildest dreams. I didn’t think about winning six, but once the train got rolling it was definitely in my sights.”

Johnson plans to rest for a few weeks before competing on the professional tour.

But he will always remember his run at USC.

“As a team, we always had the big target on our back since my freshman year,” he said. “This year, being the singles champion, the target was kind of on me in another category.

“I’m pretty good with handling the pressure. I like to be on top.”

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