USC's Magdas Abdullah, Leyla Entekhabi Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week

March 24, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Junior Abdullah Magdas and freshman Leyla Entekhabi of USC have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Mar. 17-23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Magdas won in straight sets in both his matches over the weekend, helping the No. 9 Trojans to two upset road wins. Magdas sparked a winning run for USC against No. 4 Texas first, getting the Trojans' first point of the match with his dominant 6-1, 6-4 win over Josh Zavala, as USC came back from an 0-2 deficit to win the match at Texas 4-3. Against No. 8 Tulsa, Magdas clinched another upset win for USC with another straight-set victory -topping Ross Cunningham 7-6 (4), 6-4 that made it 4-0 in the match at Tulsa. Magdas has won four straight singles matches now to hold a 14-4 overall singles record and is 11-3 in dual match singles play.

Ranked No. 9 in the nation, USC's men are now 13-3 overall as they will open Pac-10 play this weekend at Oregon, Fri., March 28 and Washington on Sat., March 29.

Ranked #110 in the nation in singles, freshman Leyla Entekhabi has stretched her singles win streak out to 14 straight victories after gaining another match-clinching win last week on the road. From her No. 6 position, Leyla Entekhabi tallied her 14th consecutive singles win on a 7-5, 7-5 decision over Sarah Lancaster to secure victory for USC, up 4-2 against No. 17 host Texas. Entekhabi is a perfect 14-0 in dual match singles play and holds a 23-6 overall singles mark.

No. 10 USC holds a 12-4 overall record in dual match play this season and will face a grinding week with three matches as it will host San Diego, Fresno State, and Oregon.

This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for both Magdas and Entekhabi. The award is the sixth for the USC men's team and the fifth for the Women of Troy.

ALSO NOMINATED (MEN): Wes Miller, ASU.

ALSO NOMINATED (WOMEN): Nadia Abdala, ASU; Celine Rolly, ORE.

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, Sr., ASU; March 17- T.J. Bellama, Jr., ASU; March 24- Abdullah Magdas, Jr., USC.

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, Fr., CAL; March 17- Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA; March 24- Leyla Entekhabi, Fr., USC.

- www.pac-10.org -

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