UCLA's Novikov and USC's Yates named tennis players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Dennis Novikov and USC freshman Ellie Yates have been named Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for the week of February 25- March 3, the Conference Office announced Tuesday.
Novikov teamed with fellow sophomore Marcos Giron in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship to win seven straight matches en route to winning the tournament title. The pair won their first five matches on the weekend in straight sets. In the championship match Novikov and Giron came back from dropping the first set to USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson to claim the title of the 124th Pacific Coast Doubles Championship. The two Bruin players dropped just two sets during the entire tournament. Novikov is ranked No. 35 nationally in singles and No. 4 in doubles with Giron.
Yates, a Ridgeland, Miss., native, won her sixth straight singles match to help lead her team to a 5-2 win at then-No. 49 San Diego. Her straight-set victory from the No. 5 spot was against Marta Stojanovic (6-2, 6-1). Her win gave the Women of Troy a 3-0 lead on the Toreros. In doubles she paired with teammate Giuliana Olmos to serve up the point-clinching win in their 8-2 decision from the No. 3 spot. Yates is undefeated at 7-0 in dual-match singles play.
Women's: Julyette Steur, COLO; Nicole Gibbs, STAN; Catherine Harrison, UCLA; Tereza Bekerova, UTAH; Liudmila Vasilieva, WSU
Men's: Max De Vroome, USC
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
March 5 Dennis Novikov, 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
March 5 Ellie Yates, USC