Puget, Pulido Awarded Weekly Tennis Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — UCLA sophomore Adrien Puget and USC junior Valeria Pulido have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for April 16-22, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Puget claimed the deciding singles match on Friday, helping No. 5 UCLA clinch a 4-3 road win over top-ranked and undefeated USC at the Marks Tennis Stadium. With the dual match tied at 3-3, Puget, who is ranked No. 61 nationally, posted a 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2 victory over 43rd-ranked Yannick Hanfmann at court No. 5. With the win, UCLA snapped the Trojans' 45-match winning streak, which dates back to last season. At 7-0 in conference play, UCLA finishes the regular season as the lone undefeated team in the Pac-12 heading into this week's Conference tournament in Ojai.
Pulido got the clinching win for USC in the Trojans' 6-1 upset of top-ranked UCLA with her own upset of ranked Bruin No. 118 Kaitlyn Ray. Pulido helped secure USC's first win over rival UCLA since 2009, snapping a six-match losing streak to the Bruins with her 6-3, 7-5 win over Ray at the No. 6 position. Thanks to Pulido's win, USC has claimed a share of the Pac-12 Championship. The win also keeps Pulido a perfect 5-0 record in Pac-12 dual matches and 9-0 record in all dual matches this season, giving the junior a 10-5 overall singles record and a seven-match win streak.
Men's: Ryan Thacher, STAN; Kyle McMorrow, WASH.
Women's: Lacey Smyth, ARIZ; Nicole Gibbs, STAN; Anastasia Putilina, UTAH; Denise Dy, WASH.
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
Feb. 6 Nick Meister, UCLA
Feb. 13 Kyle McMorrow, Washington
Feb. 20 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
Feb. 27 Roberto Quiroz, USC
March 5 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher, Stanford
March 12 Robin Cambier, Oregon
March 19 Steve Johnson, USC
March 26 Daniel Nguyen, USC
April 2 Ray Sarmiento, USC
April 9 Nick Andrews, California
April 16 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
April 23 Adrien Puget, UCLA
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
Feb. 6 Kaitlyn Christian, USC
Feb. 13 Zsofi Susanyi, California
Feb. 20 Robin Anderson, UCLA
Feb. 27 Gabrielle DeSimone, USC
March 5 Ellen Tsay, Stanford
March 12 Ellen Tsay, Stanford
March 19 Elisabeth Fournier, Washington State
March 26 Jana Juricova, California
April 2 Zsofi Susanyi, California
April 9 Anastasia Putilina, Utah
April 16 Annie Goransson, California
April 23 Valeria Pulido, USC