USC's Poldma and Sanchez Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC seniors Jaak Poldma and Maria Sanchez have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 7-13, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Poldma had the match-clinching singles win for the Trojans with his upset of #14 Sebastian Fanselow at the No. 2 singles position to get USC a 5-2 win over No. 20 Pepperdine. USC was ahead 3-2 in the match with the Waves when the Tallin, Estonia, native gutted out a second-set tiebreak to secure victory for the seventh-straight win of the year for the Trojans. Ranked #94 in the nation in singles, Poldma is now 16-3 overall and 6-0 in dual-match action with his sixth-straight singles win.
Sanchez had a hand in at least one clinching victory in all three USC wins this week, coming through with the winner in the doubles point against San Diego State and Texas, in addition to locking down match-winning singles victories against South Florida and the Longhorns. The Modesto, Calif., native had straight-set wins in singles in all three matches as she defeated the #25 and #8 players in the nation in the process. In doubles, she and teammate Kaitlyn Christian upset USF's No. 45-ranked team and also beat Texas' #87 pair. The winning week, which included a 7-0 win over San Diego State, and 6-1 wins over South Florida and Texas, improved the Trojans to 6-1 overall. Sanchez is individually ranked #3 nationally and has won 15-straight singles victories. In doubles, she and Christian rank #80 and have now combined forces to wins in nine-straight matches.
This is the second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Poldma and the Conference-leading 17th selection all-time for USC. For Sanchez, this is her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season and fourth all-time. The Trojans now have 11 Women's Player of the Week honors all-time.
Men's: Duncan MacDonald-Korth, ORE; Alex Clayton, STAN; Kyle McMorrow, WASH
Women's: Sarah Landsman, ARIZ; Jacqueline Cako, ASU; Rabea Stuckemann, ORE; Denise Dy; 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
Feb. 14 - Jaak Poldma, USC
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
Feb. 14 - Maria Sanchez, USC