Pac-10 Announces Tennis Awards

June 4, 2008

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PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

STANFORD'S CLAYTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
USC'S FARAH AND VAN'T HOF NAMED DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA STATE'S BELKEN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote by the Conference coaches, STANFORD freshman Alex Clayton has been named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Year as well as Newcomer of the Year. NCAA Doubles Champions Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof of USC have been named Doubles Team of the Year and ARIZONA STATE'S Lou Belken was named Coach of the Year.

Clayton, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the first player to garner both Player of the Year honors as well as Newcomer of the Year. The stellar freshman finished with a 30-9 overall record, including 19-8 against nationally-ranked opponents en route to becoming the Conference's highest ranked player this season, finishing at No. 7 after a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament and a loss to eventual National Champion Somdev Devvarman of Virginia.

Farah, from Cali, Columbia and Van't Hof, a Newport Beach, Calif. native captured the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Championship as well as the NCAA Championship, becoming the first USC doubles team since 1989 to win a national championship in doubles. The pair entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 2 seed and defeated the top-seeded team of Jonas Berg and Erling Tveit of Mississippi in the title match. The pair finished the season with a record of 39-3, including a 26-match winning streak that carried them through both titles.

Belken guided the Sun Devils, comprised mainly of underclassmen, to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004 as ASU finished the season with a 15-5 record and a top-25 ranking. The doubles pair of Matt Brooklyn and T.J. Bellama finished runner-up to Van't Hof and Farah for the Pac-10 Doubles Championship and sophomore Andres Arango was one of the surprises of the season as he debuted for the Sun Devils and achieved a ranking of No. 69 in the nation to finish the season.

2008 Pac-10 Men's Tennis All-Conference

First Team
Matt Brooklyn, So., ASU
Alex Clayton, Fr., STAN
Mathieu Dehaine, Sr., UCLA
Robert Farah, So., USC
Harel Srugo, Sr., UCLA
Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., USC

Second Team
Andres Arango, So., ASU
Claudio Christen, Sr., ARIZ
Patrik Fischer, Jr., WASH
Jaak Poldma,Fr., USC
Holden Seguso, Fr., UCLA
Kallim Stewart, So., CAL

Honorable Mention
Matt Bruch, Jr., STAN
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Fr., WASH
Gary Sacks, So., USCMarcos Verdasco, So., ORERichard Wire, So., STAN

Pac-10 Player of the Year
Alex Clayton, Fr., STAN

Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year
Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., and Robert Farah, So., USC

Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year
Alex Clayton, Fr., STAN

Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Lou Belken, ASU

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PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS ANNOUNCED

UCLA's ZALAMEDA NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S LIN AND ZALAMEDA NAMED DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR
STANFORD'S BARTE NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S SAMPRAS WEBSTER NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote by the Conference coaches, UCLA senior Riza Zalameda has been named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Year as well as part of the Doubles Team of the Year along with partner Tracy Lin. STANFORD freshman Hilary Barte has been awarded Freshman/Newcomer of the Year while UCLA'S Stella Sampras Webster earns the Coach of the Year distinction.

Zalameda, a Los Angeles, Calif. native, captured the 2008 Pac-10 Individual Championship with a defeat of second-seeded Amanda Fink of USC to become the Bruins' first Pac-10 Singles Champion since 2000 and led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship as well as the first Pac-10 Championship in school history. Zalameda finished her outstanding career with a quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Tournament, compiling a 33-12 record and a No. 8 national ranking.

Zalameda and partner Tracy Lin, from Anaheim, Calif., were named Doubles Team of the Year after winning the sixth NCAA Doubles Title in UCLA history and the first since 2004 with their victory over Fresno State's Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rove. The pair powered through the season, handling a No. 1 ranking throughout the year, finishing with a 24-3 record, including 15-2 in dual matches.

Barte, a native of Chatsworth, Calif., finished the season as the highest ranked singles player in the Pac-10, at No. 4, after a spectacular debut season. Also named the ITA National Rookie of the year, Barte compiled a 30-8 match record to lead the Cardinal and became the first Stanford freshman since Theresa Logar in 2004 to win more than 30 matches and 20 duals. Barte enjoyed a 19 match winning streak at the No. 1 position for the Cardinal before being upset in Stanford's quarterfinal exit from the NCAA Tournament. She registered a 21-6 record against nationally-ranked opponents, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 2 ranked Ani Mijacika of Clemson.

UCLA's Sampras Webster earns Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bruins to their first NCAA and Pac-10 Championships in school history. In her 12th season at the helm, Sampras Webster finally achieved the championship that had been just out of reach over the past couple seasons. After reaching the final match in 2004 and 2007, only to fall in the championship, the Bruins captured the NCAA title with a 4-0 victory over fellow Pac-10 member California. The Bruins shared the Pac-10 title with perennial powerhouse Stanford, marking the first Pac-10 team title for UCLA.

2008 Pac-10 Women's Tennis All-Conference

First Team
Nadia Abdala, So., ASU
Susie Babos, Sr., CAL
Hilary Barte, Fr. STAN
Marina Cossou, Fr., CAL
Amanda Fink, Sr., USC
Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA

Second Team
Venise Chan, Fr., WASH
Claire Ilcinkas, Jr., CAL
Tracy Lin, Sr., UCLA
Kelcy McKenna, Fr., ASU
Jessica Nguyen, Jr., STAN
Danielle Steinberg, Jr., ARIZ

Honorable Mention
Ekaterina Burduli, Sr., WSU
Celia Durkin, Sr., STAN
Stephanie Kusano, Sr., CAL
Lindsey Nelson, Sr., USC
Gabriela Niculescu, So., USC
Andrea Remynse, Fr., UCLA
Celine Rolly, Fr., ORE
Christina Visico, Sr., CAL

Pac-10 Player of the Year
Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA

Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year
Riza Zalameda, Sr. & Tray Lin, Sr., UCLA

Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year
Hilary Barte, Fr., STAN

Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Stella Sampras Webster, UCLA

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