California's Susie Babos Named Women's Tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week

Feb. 21, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA junior Susie Babos has been named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Babos, the reigning NCAA Singles Champion currently ranked third in the nation, scored two straight-set wins over two of the Pac-10's top competitors last week in two statement wins for the Golden Bears over No. 15 UCLA and No. 5 USC.

Playing at home in Berkeley, Cal swept the Bruins 7-0 on Friday, highlighted by Babos' 7-5, 7-5 win over 35th-ranked Riza Zalameda, last week's Player of the Week selection.

Saturday, California pulled the upset over the Women of Troy, 5-2, with Babos earning another big win over USC's Lindsey Nelson at the No. 1 singles spot, 6-1, 6-2.

Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor, ranked No. 2 in doubles, registered a pair of doubles wins as well, defeating UCLA's Zalameda and Lin, 8-4 on Saturday, and USC's Nelson and Smekodub, 8-6 on Sunday. The pair are 7-1 in dual play this season.

Babos' overall singles record stands at 18-5 this season, highlighted by her victory in the ITA All-American Championships in the fall, the second-straight major she captured after winning last spring's NCAA title.

California (6-2) travels to the desert this week to face Arizona on Friday, Feb. 23 and Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 24 in two non-conference dual matches.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Babos and the fourth all-time for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Danielle Steinberg, So., ARIZ; Rebecca Rankin, Sr., ASU; Jessica Nguyen, So., STAN, Sarah Fansler, Fr., USC; Marjolein van de Ven, Sr., WSU.

2007 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Theresa Logar, Sr., STAN; Feb. 12- Riza Zalameda, Jr., STAN; Feb. 19- Susie Babos, Jr., CAL.

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