UCLA's Thompson and California's Goransson Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA freshman Clay Thompson and CALIFORNIA sophomore Annie Goransson have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for January 31-February 6, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
On the road at No. 9 Baylor over the weekend, UCLA's Thompson posted the team's biggest win of the season thus far, a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8) victory over Sergio Ramirez from the No. 4 singles slot to break the 3-3 tie and give the Bruins a thrilling 4-3 win. The Venice Beach, Calif., native fought off match point trailing 5-6 in that final tiebreaker to keep UCLA defeated on the season at 6-0. Thompson also played a big part in the Bruins' win over UC Irvine on Thursday, as his straight-set victory over Stephen Stege at No. 4 singles helped the team to pull off the narrow win. Thompson is now 11-4 on the season and 4-0 in dual matches.
Goransson earned an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over UCLA's No. 36-ranked Courtney Dolehide from the No. 4 singles spot to help the eighth-ranked Golden Bears to a 4-3 upset of No. 4 UCLA. The Hollviken, Sweden, native recorded her team's 20th singles victory this season to extend her current streak to seven consecutive victories. In doubles play, Goransson teamed with Tayler Davis to earn the duo's sixth straight win and 13th overall. The pair defeated UCLA's Montez/Seguso, 8-6, to help Cal move to 3-0 for the doubles point this season.
This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Thompson and the 14th all-time for UCLA. For Goransson, this is her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the Conference-leading 13th overall honor for California.
Men's: Jason Zafiros, ARIZ; Bradley Klahn, STAN; Jaak Poldma, USC; Kyle McMorrow, WASH
Women's: Mallory Burdette, STAN; Venise Chan, WASH
2011 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 18 - Pedro Zerbini, CAL
Jan. 24 - Bradley Klahn, STAN
Jan. 31 - Emilio Gomez, USC
Feb. 7 - Clay Thompson, UCLA
2011 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 18 - Maria Sanchez, USC
Jan. 24 - Venise Chan, WASH
Jan. 31 - Denise Dy, WASH
Feb. 7 - Anna Goransson, CAL
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