Sarmiento, Fournier Named Players of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — USC sophomore Ray Sarmiento and WASHINGTON STATE senior Elisabeth Fournier have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for January 23-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Sarmiento extended his doubles win streak with teammate Daniel Nguyen to eight straight by posting wins in both matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to go along with two dominant singles wins over the weekend for the Trojans. Sarmiento and Nguyen pinned up 8-3 and 8-2 wins from their No. 2 doubles spot for early lifts for the Trojans. In singles, No. 12 Sarmiento cracked down with a 6-1, 6-0 win over UNLV's Tamas Batyi from the No. 2 position, then turned around and snagged a 6-1, 6-3 win over Pedro Mol against UNC-Wilmington. Sarmiento now boasts an 18-5 overall singles record on the year to go with a 9-2 mark with Nguyen in doubles.

Fournier became the school's all-time wins leader on Friday as the Cougars defeated Seattle and Portland State in Pullman. Fournier recorded her 90th and 91st career wins, passing current WSU assistant coach Ekaterina Burduli's all-time record of 90. After two more matches Saturday, Fournier extended her total to 93 career wins. Fournier, who reached the NCAA Singles Championship in 2010, improved to 18-2 on the season. Fournier went 4-0 in singles for the week, surrendering just nine total games in her four matches. She also went 4-0 in doubles, teaming with Andjela Kankaras at No. 2.

Also Nominated
Men's: Alex Rovello, ORE; Nicholas Kamisar, WASH.
Women's: Natasha Marks, ARIZ; Jacqueline Cako, ASU; Annie Goransson, CAL; Danielle Lao, USC; Anastasia Putilina, UTAH.

2012 Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 16 Nick Andrews, California
Jan. 23 Ryan Thacher, Stanford
Jan. 30 Ray Sarmiento, USC

2012 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Jan. 16 Jana Juricova, California
Jan. 23 Zoe Scandalis, USC
Jan. 30 Elisabeth Fournier, Washington State

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