UCLA sweeps tennis player of the week honors
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Marcos Giron and UCLA freshman Kyle McPhillips have been named Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for the week of February 18-24, the Conference Office announced Tuesday.
Giron posted a pair of singles victories in the team wins over No. 2 USC, 4-2 and Saint Mary's, 6-1, helping the Bruins improve to 11-1 on the season. The match against USC was tied at 3-3 when Giron came from behind against No. 10 Emilio Gomez to post a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 victory at the No. 2 singles position to give the Bruins the 4-3 win. Again playing at the No. 2 position against Saint Mary's Joakim Norstrom, Giron won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0 to clinch the victory for the Bruins. Giron competed in doubles with teammate Dennis Novikov to post a victory against Saint Mary's. Giron leads the team in singles wins, owning a 21-5 overall record. He is 8-2 in dual match play.
The Willoughby, Ohio native posted a pair of wins over the weekend. The Bruins defeated No. 7 California, 4-3, and No. 30 Saint Mary's, 4-0. In the match against the Golden Bears the score was tied 3-3 when McPhillips downed No. 113 Klara Fabikov, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to give UCLA the win. Against No. 30 Saint Mary's, the team clinched a 4-0 victory with play suspended in McPhillips' match against Danielle Flores in the third set. McPhillips doubled with fellow freshman Catherine Harrison in doubles play against Saint Mary's winning 8-0. McPhillips is ranked No. 42 nationally and is 16-4 overall in singles and 5-0 in doubles.
Women's: Lacey Smyth, ARIZ; Sarah Pham, UTAH.
Men's: Alex Rovello, ORE.
2013 Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 22 Slim Hamza, Utah
Jan. 29 Emilio Gomez, USC
Feb. 5 Max de Vroome, USC
Feb. 12 Dennis Novikov, UCLA
Feb. 19 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
Feb. 26 Marcos Giron, UCLA
2013 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 22 Sabrina Santamaria, USC
Jan. 29 Giuliana Olmos, USC
Feb. 5 Lacey Smyth, Arizona
Feb. 12 Danielle Lao, UCLA
Feb. 19 Lacey Smyth, Arizona
Feb. 26 Kyle McPhillips, UCLA