By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC sophomore Yannick Hanfmann and ARIZONA junior Lacey Smyth have been named Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for the week of February 11-17, the Conference Office announced Tuesday.
Hanfmann was the most powerful singles player for the Trojans this week at the ITA National Indoor Championships as he was the lone Trojan to post three straight-set singles wins. His biggest victory of the weekend came over rival No. 3 UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian where Hanfmann won 6-2, 6-4. The win was huge for USC as they had earlier dropped the doubles point against UCLA. His win tied the match 1-1, as the rest of the singles matches extended into three sets. USC went on to win 4-3, earning a place in the final played on Monday. Hanfmann also knocked down No. 15 Texas A&M’s Jackson Withrow (6-2, 6-4) and No. 7 Kentucky’s Charles Minc 6-3, 6-4. USC beat Texas A&M 4-0 and topped Kentucky 4-1.
An Oceanside, Calif., native, Smyth played in the No.1 spot for the Wildcats this weekend in both singles and doubles play. The junior won her biggest singles victory in the upset over Santa Clara’s No. 25 Katie Le. Smyth took the first set by charge winning 6-2 and forced a tiebreaker in the second set which she won 7-6 (8). Smyth defeated Aishwarya Agrawal from No. 52 Fresno State in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Smyth entered the weekend ranked No. 108 and improved her singles record to 8-1 at the No. 1 spot. She went 1-1 in doubles play with partner Shayne Austin. Arizona topped Fresno State 5-2 and beat Santa Clara 6-1 to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Women’s: Winde Janssens, COLO; Nicole Long, ORE; Liudmila Vasilieva, WSU.
2013 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 22 Slim Hamza, Utah
Jan. 29 Emilio Gomez, USC
Feb. 5 Max de Vroome, USC
Feb. 12 Dennis Novikov, UCLA
Feb. 19 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
2013 Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 22 Sabrina Santamaria, USC
Jan. 29 Giuliana Olmos, USC
Feb. 5 Lacey Smyth, Arizona
Feb. 12 Danielle Lao, UCLA
Feb. 19 Lacey Smyth, Arizona