USC's Magdas and Fink Named Pac-10 Men's And Women's Tennis Players Of The Week
March 30, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC seniors Abdullah Magdas and Amanda Fink have been named Pac-10 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for Mar. 23 - 29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Magdas led the Trojans to two road wins at California (6-1) and No. 4 Stanford (4-3) to open Pac-10 play. In singles, the Kuwait City, Kuwait, native defeated Eoin Heavey of Cal in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 on Mar. 27. The next day, with the match against the Cardinal tied 3-3, the senior pulled off the upset over Ryan Thacher, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-5 to give the Trojans the win. Magdas improved his singles record to 20-9 overall and 10-3 in dual match play. In doubles action, he paired with Daniel Nguyen to take down Cal’s duo of Heavey and Katsarov, 8-3, and Stanford’s Klahn/Thacher, 8-7 (3).
This marks the second weekly honor for Magdas and the ninth all-time for the USC men’s team.
Fink was instrumental for No. 10 USC, which upset No. 8 California, 4-3, and snapped a 50-match losing streak, dating back to 1986, to No. 11 Stanford with a 5-2 victory in Pac-10 play. The Calabasas, Calif., native extended her singles winning streak to 12 with straight-set wins over 38th-ranked Claire Ilcinkas of Cal, 6-4, 6-4, and Stanford’s Lindsay Burdette, 6-0, 6-3. She holds a 23-7 overall singles record and a 14-1 record in dual matches this season. In doubles, Fink teamed up with Gabriela Niculescu to defeat the Bears’ pair of Andersson and Bobusic, 8-5, and Cardinal’s duo of Barte and Burdette, 8-6.
This is the first weekly honor for Fink and the sixth overall for the USC women’s team.
2009 Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Players of the Week: Jan. 26 - Blake Muller, Sr., STAN; Feb. 2 - Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, So., WASH; Feb. 9 - Andres Arango, Jr., ARIZ; Feb. 16 - Bradley Klahn, Fr., STAN; Feb. 23 - Andres Carrasco, So., ARIZ; Mar. 2 - Bradley Klahn, Fr., STAN; Mar. 9 - Haythem Abid, Jr., UCLA; Mar. 16 - Jay Goldman, So., ARIZ; Mar. 23 - Pedro Zerbini, So., CAL; Mar. 30 - Abdullah Magdas, Sr., USC
2009 Pac-10 Women’s Tennis Players of the Week: Jan. 26 - Venise Chan, So., WASH; Feb. 2 - Kelcy McKenna, So., ASU; Feb. 9 - Carmen Seremeta, Sr., ORE; Feb. 16 - Mari Andersson, So., CAL; Feb. 23 - Nadia Abdala, Jr., ASU; Mar. 2 - Yasmin Schnack, Jr., UCLA; Mar. 9 - Danielle Steinberg, Sr., ARIZ; Mar. 16 - Jana Juricova, Fr., CAL; Mar. 23 - Bojana Bobusic, Sr., CAL; Mar. 30 - Amanda Fink, Sr., USC