UCLA's Ashley Joelson Named Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week

April 23, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Ashley Joelson has been named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Joelson, an Austin, Texas native, captured the deciding singles match in the Bruins' 4-3 upset win over USC on Saturday, on the road and in a third-set tiebreak no less. Joelson also added the clinching doubles win vs. the Trojans and a singles victory earlier in the week against Pepperdine.

In Saturday's showdown between No. 12 UCLA and No. 8 USC, the critical doubles was secured by Joelson and partner Alex McGoodwin at the No. 2 spot, where they defeated USC's DeVera and Fink, 8-5. After the Bruins advanced to a 3-1 lead, USC rallied back to tie the match with Joelson's dual at No. 4 singles the last match on-court. Joelson, ranked 107th, had lost the first set, 6-3, to Dianne Matias, ranked 70th, but turned the tide in the second set, taking it 6-2.

The third set swung back and forth, with Joelson taking an early 3-0 lead, only to have Matias roar back with five straight games to hold a 5-3 edge. Joelson needed to hold serve, and then break back, which she did to even things at 5-5. Both players held again to reach the tiebreaker. In the breaker, Joelson came through, 7-2, finishing with a winning volley that gave the match to UCLA and earned them a tie for second in the Conference.

Things were less stressful but no less successful for Joelson last Wednesday, when she defeated Pepperdine's Caroline Raba, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth singles slot as part of UCLA's 6-1 win over the 19th-ranked Waves.

UCLA (6-2 Pac-10, 15-7) tied the Trojans for second in the Pac-10. Up next is the Pac-10 Championships from Apr. 26-29 in Ojai, Calif.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Joelson and the third all-time for UCLA.

ALSO NOMINATED: Kady Pooler, ASU; Lindsay Burdette, STAN; Sarah Fansler, USC; Melinda Wong, WASH.

2007 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5 - Theresa Logar, Sr., STAN; Feb. 12 - Riza Zalameda, Jr., UCLA; Feb. 19 - Susie Babos, Jr., CAL; Feb. 26 - Jessica Nguyen, So., STAN; Mar. 5 - Roxanne Clarke, Sr., ASU; Mar. 12 - Zsuzsanna Fodor, Sr., CAL; Mar. 19 - Riza Zalameda, Jr., UCLA; Mar. 26 - Ekaterina Burduli, Jr., WSU; Apr. 2 - Anne Yelsey, Sr., STAN; Apr. 9 - Danielle Steinberg, So., ARIZ; Apr. 16 - Theresa Logar, Sr., STAN; Apr. 23 - Ashley Joelson, So., UCLA.

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