California's Bayane and USC's Santamaria named Pac-12 tennis players of the week

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA sophomore Gregory Bayane and USC sophomore Sabrina Santamaria have been named Pac-12 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for the week of March 4-10, the Conference Office announced Tuesday.

Bayane clinched a victory for the Golden Bears when No. 24 California upset No. 4 Duke, 5-2. The sophomore faced 70th-ranked Chris Mengel and won in straight sets in the upset (6-1, 7-5). He also paired with sophomore Chase Melton to upset the 43rd ranked doubles team of Mengel and Fred Saba, 8-5. In Cal's match against Sacramento State Bayane faced Roy Brandys in singles play claiming the point, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4). He paired with Melton again in doubles for the 8-6 victory.

Santamaria tallied a victory at the No. 1 singles spot for USC on the team's upset over UCLA, 4-1. Santamaria faced No. 2 Robin Anderson and won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. The sophomore had been sidelined for two weeks from an injury before stepping into action last week. Pairing with teammate Kaitlyn Christian in doubles, their No. 1 doubles match was suspended when the Bruins grabbed the doubles point. The pair however was leading 7-4 when the match was suspended.

Also Nominated
Women's: Laura Odham, ARIZ; Anett Schutting, CAL; Winde Janssens, COLO; Nicole Gibbs, STAN.
Men's: Alex Rovello, ORE; Eric Johnson, 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
March 12 Gregory Bayane, CAL

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, USC
Feb. 19 Lacey Smyth, Arizona
Feb. 26 Kyle McPhillips, UCLA
March 5 Ellie Yates, USC
March 12 Sabrina Santamaria, USC

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