USC's Farah And Sanchez Named Pac-10 Men's And Women's Tennis Players Of The Week

April 13, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior Robert Farah and sophomore Maria Sanchez have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Apr. 6 - 12, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Farah returned to the USC lineup to compete in his first Pac-10 match of the season, a 7-0 sweep over No. 18 Arizona, after being sidelined for six straight matches. In doubles, the junior teamed up with Steve Johnson to take out the Wildcats' duo of Metham and VanderMerwe, 8-6, to earn the doubles point for the Trojans. Farah and Johnson are now 26-8 overall and 13-5 in dual matches. Playing in the No. 1 singles position, the Cali, Colombia, native got back to form with his 22nd win of the year, outlasting No. 68 Jay Goldman in the third set's 10-point tiebreak (6-1, 6-7 (5), 10-4).

This marks the second player of the week honor for Farah and the 10th all-time for the USC men.

Sanchez was instrumental in USC's wins over No. 61 Arizona (5-2) and No. 25 Arizona State (4-2) last week. The Trojans remain undefeated in Conference play (7-0) and clinch at least a share of the school's first-ever Pac-10 Championship. The sophomore returned to the lineup after sitting out three matches due to injury. In her first match, Sanchez defeated the Wildcats' Danielle Steinberg in the No. 1 singles slot, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The next day, the Modesto, Calif., native upset the Sun Devils' third-ranked singles player, Kelcy McKenna, 6-2, 6-3. Sanchez is now 24-8 overall and 10-5 in dual matches.

This is the first weekly honor for Sanchez and the seventh overall for the USC women.

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; Apr. 6 - Pedro Zerbini, So., CAL; Apr. 13 - Robert Farah, Jr., 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; Apr. 6 - Hilary Barte, So., STAN; Apr. 13 - Maria Sanchez, So., USC.

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