Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON sophomore Kevin Farin and USC junior Zoë Scandalis were voted Pac-12 men’s and women’s tennis Players of the Week for play from Feb. 25-Mar. 3, the Conference office announced today.
Farin (Etterbeek, Belgium) went 3-0 on the weekend to lead No. 42 Oregon to a pair of milestone victories. First, UO defeated Washington, 4-1, for the first time since Feb. 29, 2004. Two days later, the Ducks stunned No. 15 Boise State, the highest-ranked opponent UO has defeated in program history, by a 5-2 count. Farin earned a pair of straight-set singles wins at the No. 2 spot, defeating Washington’s Gal Hakak, 6-2, 7-5, before besting Boise State’s Nathan Sereke, 6-3, 7-5. In doubles, Farin teamed with Robin Cambier to defeat the Broncos’ top pairing of Brendan McClain and Garrett Patton, 8-3. Led by Farin’s play, Oregon improved its win streak to eight-straight matches while remaining undefeated at home. The sophomore is now 15-4 in singles play and 15-2 in doubles with Cambier.
Scandalis (San Diego, Calif.) had match-ending singles victories over ranked opponents in two USC dual-match wins. The junior posted an impressive come-from-behind win against No. 77 Ratnika Batra of 26th-ranked Texas after picking up a doubles win alongside Giuliana Olmos, and her singles victory was the tiebreaker that led to the Trojans’ 4-3 win against the Longhorns. Against No. 37 Saint Mary’s, Scandalis pulled out a tiebreaker against No. 69 Jamie Pawid en route to a 6-1 USC victory over the Gaels. The wins keep her on a five-match singles win streak with an 11-5 overall singles record and a 7-1 mark in dual matches. In doubles with Olmos, Scandalis is now 22-6 overall as the nation’s eighth-ranked pair. USC now holds a 9-2 overall record this season.
USC women’s tennis hosts No. 3 UCLA in a Pac-12 dual matchup on Friday, March 7 in their lone match of the weekend. Oregon men’s tennis travels to play against Portland on Sunday, March 9.
Men’s: Clay Thompson, UCLA.
Women’s: Julyette Steur, COLO.
2014 Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 21 Robin Cambier, Sr., Oregon Kristie Ahn, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 28 Gregory Bayane, Jr., California Robin Anderson, Jr., UCLA
Feb. 4 Yannick Hanfmann, Jr., USC Kristie Ahn, Sr., Stanford
Feb. 11 Robin Cambier, Sr., Oregon Zsofi Susanyi, Jr., California
Feb. 18 Roberto Quiroz, Jr., USC Elizaveta Luzina, Jr., Washington State
Feb. 25 Ben Tasevac, Sr., Utah Zoë Katz, Fr., USC
Mar. 5 Kevin Farin, So., Oregon Zoë Scandalis, Jr., USC