Matt Brooklyn Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

April 3, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE freshman Matt Brooklyn has been named the Pac-10 Mens Tennis Player of the Week for Mar. 26-Apr. 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Brookly, a native of Hillingdon, England, earned two hard-fought victories in the No. 2 singles spot as Arizona State pulled off its first weekend sweep of Pac-10 schools in the programs history, upsetting California, 4-3, and taking out Stanford, 6-1.

Arizona States first win came Friday in Tempe, Ariz., as the Sun Devils rebounded from a doubles point loss with four wins in singles to defeat the 48th-ranked Golden Bears. Brooklyn and Cals Eoin Heavey split the first two sets, with Brooklyn taking the first, 6-4, and Heavey the second, 6-4 in his favor. The third set was all Brooklyn, however, as he ran away with the set, 6-1, earning the point for ASU.

Saturday, the freshman followed the same pattern against Stanfords Eric McKean, capturing the first set, 7-4 in a tiebreak, dropping the second set, 3-6, then responding with a 6-3 third set win. The Sun Devils again recovered from an 0-1 hole after dropping doubles, but Brooklyn and partner Wes Miller were victorious at No. 1 doubles, upsetting the 26th-ranked duo of Matt Bruch and Blake Muller, 8-6.

Brooklyn has been one of the most successful freshmen in the Conference this year, with 21 singles wins now and an 11-6 dual play record.

Arizona State is now 2-0 in the Pac-10 race and 10-6 overall. The Sun Devils travel to face the Los Angeles schools this week, both of which are also tied atop the Conference at 2-0. ASU plays UCLA Friday, Apr. 6, and USC on Saturday, Apr. 7.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Brooklyn, and the first all-time for Arizona State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Chris Surapol, UCLA; Robert Farah, USC; Daniel Chu, WASH.
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