California's Zerbini and Stanford's Barte Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALIFORNIA senior Pedro Zerbini and STANFORD senior Hilary Barte have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 21-27, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
California men's tennis senior captain Zerbini inspired the Golden Bears to a stunning 5-2 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA for the first time in 12 matches. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native's leadership helped guide the Bears to their first regular-season win in the city of Los Angeles since April of 2006. Zerbini, who was fighting dehydration and acute flu symptoms throughout the match set the tone for the day by teaming up with junior Tommie Murphy to defeat Adrien Puget and Holden Seguso at the second doubles court, giving the Bears a leg up on the doubles point. The win was the third straight for the Cal duo. His 7-6, 6-1 win over No. 63-ranked Daniel Kosakowski at the top court provided the Bears with their third point against UCLA and was Zerbini's fourth straight win. He is now 11-2 in singles matches, 7-1 in duals with three victories over ranked opponents.
Barte had a strong week for the Cardinal, as she was named Tournament MVP en rout to helping the squad win the National Team Indoor Championships title for the first time since 2006. In the tournament final against then-No. 2 Florida, the Chatsworth, Calif., native paired with teammate Mallory Burdette to defeat then-No. 1 Softie Oyen/Allie Will, 8-5. Barte then helped Stanford open up Pac-10 dual match play at home with a 2-0 record, extending the Cardinal's home winning streak to 171. She defeated then-No. 106 Pavlina Smatova, 6-3, 7-5 in a team 7-0 win over Oregon. Against Washington State, she defeated then-No. 125 Elizabeth Fournier, 7-5, 6-0 and in doubles play, Barte and Burdette defeated Olga Musilovich/Liudmila Vasilieva, 8-3. The team finished off the Cougars, 6-0.
The honor marks the sixth time Zerbini has been named Player of the Week and the second time this season. California has now had 12 honors all-time. This is Barte's fifth Player of the Week honor, tying her for most all-time. For Stanford, this is its 11th weekly award.
Men's: Daniel Nguyen, USC; Kyle McMorrow, WASH
Women's: Sarah Landsman, ARIZ; Jana JurIcova CAL; Danielle Lao, USC; 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
Feb. 21 - Steve Johnson, USC
Feb. 28 - Pedro Zerbini, CAL
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
Feb. 21 - Mari Andersson, CAL
Feb. 28 - Hilary Barte - STAN