ASU's Bellama, UCLA's Zalameda Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
March 17, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- ASU junior T.J. Bellama and UCLA senior Riza Zalameda have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Mar. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Bellama picks up the second straight accolade for the Sun Devils after wins over two ranked teams in No. 52 Clemson and No. 40 Georgia Tech. In singles, Bellama went 2-0 over the weekend. After dropping his first set to Clemson's Derek DiFazio last Wednesday, he battled back through two tough sets to pick up the victory in the number six position 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Playing in the number five position, Bellama handily defeated Georgia Tech's Miguel Muguruza in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-1.
The No. 15 Sun Devils (11-0) will travel to Tucson this week to take on rival No. 47 Arizona Sat., March 22 in a non-conference counting match.
UCLA's Zalameda enjoyed an outstanding week of tennis, participating in the qualifying draw of the WTA Tour's Pacific Life Open before helping No. 10 UCLA to a 6-1 upset over eighth-ranked USC. Teamed with Tracy Lin at No. 1 doubles, the pair clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory over eighth-ranked pair Amanda Fink and Niculescu. Zalameda, ranked No. 7 nationally in singles, then picked up a dominating 7-5, 6-0 victory over No. 38 Lindsey Nelson at the No. 1 position. That win snapped a five-match losing streak to Nelson, as Zalameda's last victory over her rival was during her freshman season in 2005.
No. 10 UCLA (10-3) will take its spring break this week before returning to action on Tues., March 25 as they travel to Hawai'i.
This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Bellama and the third for Zalameda. The award is the fourth for both the Arizona State men's team and for the UCLA women's team.
ALSO NOMINATED (MEN): Robert Farah, USC.
ALSO NOMINATED (WOMEN): Kelcy McKenna, ASU; Leyla Entekhabi, USC; Venise Chan, WASH.
2008 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Mathieu Dehaine, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 11- Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., USC; Feb. 18- Matt Brooklyn, So., ASU; Feb. 25- Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Fr., WASH, March 3- Andy Kuharszky, Sr., WASH; March 10- Juan Carlos Rebaza, ASU; March 17- T.J. Bellama, ASU.
2008 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Tara Simpson, Sr., WASH; Feb. 11- Danielle Steinberg, Jr., ARIZ; Feb. 18- Venise Chan, Fr., WASH; Feb. 25- Stephanie Kusano, Sr., CAL; March 3- Elizabeth Lumpkin, Sr., WASH; March 10- Marina Cossou, CAL; March 17- Riza Zalameda, UCLA.