UCLA's Srugo and Zalameda Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
April 14, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA seniors Harel Srugo and Riza Zalameda have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for April 7-13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Srugo helped the fifth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team remain undefeated in the Pac-10 on Saturday by winning the clinching singles match in a 4-3 victory over No. 18 Arizona State. With the match tied at 3-3, Srugo, ranked No. 38 nationally, defeated No. 116 Matt Brooklyn, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at the No. 1 singles court. It marked the 13th straight victory for the Bruins. Srugo was also instrumental in helping the Bruins earn a 5-2 victory over Arizona on Friday, defeating No. 74 Claudio Christen of Arizona, 6-4, 6-3.
UCLA is now 19-1 overall and 6-0 in Conference play as it heads for a showdown with USC for the Pac-10 title on Fri., April 18. The same scenario played itself out last year as the Bruins handed the Trojans their only Conference loss in a 4-3 Bruin victory.
Zalameda defeated a pair of highly-ranked opponents at the No. 1 singles position, helping No. 7 UCLA to a pair of shutout victories over Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend. Zalameda, ranked No. 11 in the country, began the week with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over No. 38 Danielle Steinberg of Arizona on Friday. She followed that up with a 6-3, 5-7, (12-10) decision over No. 31 Nadia Abdala of Arizona State on Saturday. Zalameda was equally as impressive in doubles, as she and teammate Tracy Lin, ranked ninth nationally, teamed together for two wins.
The UCLA women are now 17-5 overall and 6-1 in Pac-10 play and can guarantee themselves a share of the Pac-10 title this weekend if they defeat USC on Fri., April 18.
This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Srugo and the fourth for Zalameda. The award is the 10th for the UCLA men's team and the fifth for the women's team.
ALSO NOMINATED (MEN): Pierre Mouillon, CAL; Greg Hirshman, STAN; Jaak Poldma, USC.
ALSO NOMINATED (WOMEN): Marina Cossou, CAL; Hilary Barte, STAN, Maria Sanchez, USC.
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; March 31- Matt Bruch, Jr., STAN; April 7- Robert Farah, So., USC; April 14- Harel Srugo, Sr., UCLA.
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; March 31- Kelcy McKenna, Fr., ASU; April 7- Hilary Barte, Fr., STAN; April 14- Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA.