Women's All-Conference Honors Released

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote by the league's 11 coaches, STANFORD sophomore Nicole Gibbs has been named the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Year, USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria have been voted Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year, UCLA's Robin Anderson has been awarded Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and WASHINGTON STATE's Lisa Hart has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Friday.

ALL-PAC-12 TEAMS
First Team

Nicole Gibbs, So., STAN*
Robin Anderson, Fr., UCLA*
Mallory Burdette, Jr., STAN
Jana Juricova, Sr., CAL
Zoe Scandalis, Fr., USC
Zsofia Susanyi, Fr., CAL

*Unanimous selection

Second Team
Jacqueline Cako, So., ASU
Sabrina Santamaria, Fr., USC
Denise Dy, Sr., WASH
Danielle Lao, Jr., USC
Anett Schutting, So., CAL
Liudmila Vasilieva, Jr., WSU^
Stacey Tan, Jr., STAN^

^Tied for final slot

Honorable Mention
Lacey Smyth, So., ARIZ
Anastasia Putilina, Sr., UTAH
Annie Goransson, Jr., CAL
Kaitlyn Christian, So., USC

PAC-12 SINGLES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gibbs finished her sophomore season 17-2 in dual match singles contests as Stanford's top singles player, and also went 16-1 as half of the Cardinal's No. 1 doubles pair with junior Mallory Burdette. Gibbs' sole conference singles loss was to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Robin Anderson. The Santa Monica, Calif., native flew through the competition at the Pac-12 Championships in April to claim the Pac-12 singles title, and fell in the doubles finals to Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC. Gibbs is ranked third in the country per the ITA's most recent rankings.

PAC-12 DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR
Christian and Santamaria won the doubles crown at the Pac-12 Championships, defeating the country's No. 2 duo of Stanford's Gibbs and Burdette in straight sets to bring USC its third Conference doubles title in the last five years. The sophomore-freshman pairing played all but one match as USC's top doubles team, finishing 10-8 in overall dual match competition and 5-3 in conference matches. Christian and Santamaria currently are ranked third in nation.

PAC-12 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Anderson went 18-2 in dual match singles play in her first collegiate season, playing all but two of her matches at the top spot for the No. 1 Bruins. The Matawan, N.J. native lost just one singles match in Pac-12 competition, falling to USC freshman Zoe Scandalis in the final dual match of the regular season. Anderson debuted in the ITA singles rankings at No. 8 in January and climbed as high as No. 3 this season after defeating reigning NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova of Cal and then-third-ranked Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in one weekend. She is currently ranked fourth in the country.

PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR
Hart engineered an impressive turnaround from last season to this season, taking a team that won just one conference dual match in the spring of 2011 to a current No. 31 ranking, finishing 18-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play to end up fifth in the Pac-12 standings and earn a bid to the NCAA championships. The ninth-year WSU coach led the Cougars to a 7-0 start this spring and finished the dual match season on a 9-2 run leading into the Pac-12 Championships. Hart's Cougars went from outside the top 75 in the ITA rankings to as high as No. 31 in the final month of the season.

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