USC's Sarmiento Named Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC freshman Ray Sarmiento has been named Pac-10 Men's Tennis Players of the Week for Apr. 18-24, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Freshman Ray Sarmiento helped the Trojans end the regular season on a 14-match win streak with wins in doubles and singles this week. In a clean sweep of #49 UC Irvine in nonconference play, Sarmiento combined with Daniel Nguyen for a doubles win, then pinned up the first USC singles win of the day with an overpowering 6-1, 6-3 win over Anteater Ryan Cheung. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native and the Trojans then headed across town to pay a visit to rival UCLA, which had served up Pac-10 wins of the Trojans the past six seasons. With big help from Sarmiento, USC secured its first undefeated Pac-10 finish since 1987 with a 4-3 win over No. 9 UCLA. Sarmiento first took a stand in doubles with the clinching win from the No. 3 spot, combining with Nguyen again for an 8-3 win that lifted USC ahead 1-0 in the match. With things hanging in the balance at 2-2 during singles play, Sarmiento fought back from losing the first set and trailing 2-4 in the second to pull out a comeback victory over Adrien Puget at the No. 4 position, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to get USC ahead 3-2 in the match and provide key momentum for the eventual 4-3 win. The victory closed out an undefeated Pac-10 singles record for the #85 freshman, improving him to 28-7 overall while helping push the No. 3 Trojans to 21-2 overall.

Sarmiento earned his second weekly honor of the season and his career. The Trojans now have a Conference-leading 23 all-time weekly awards.

Also Nominated:
Men's: Andres Carrasco, ARIZ; Alex Clayton, STAN; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 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
Mar. 6 - Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, WASH
Mar. 14 - Steve Johnson, USC  
Mar. 22- Jaak Poldma, USC
Mar. 28 - Ray Sarmiento, USC
Apr. 5 - Adrien Puget, UCLA
Apr. 11 - Peter Lucassen, USC
Apr. 18 - Kyle McMorrow, WASH
Apr. 25 - Ray Sarmiento, 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
Feb. 21 - Mari Andersson, CAL
Feb. 28 - Hilary Barte - STAN
Mar. 6 - Noelle Hickey - UCLA
Mar. 14 - Trudie du Toit - ORE
Mar. 21 - Hannah James - ASU
Mar. 28 - Mallory Burdette - STAN
Apr. 5 - Alison Ramos, USC
Apr. 11 - Kelcy McKenna, ASU
Apr. 18 - Nicole Gibbs, STAN

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