Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week
SAN FRANCISCO - CALIFORNIA freshman Billy Griffith and USC freshman Madison Westby were named the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for play from Apr. 13-19, the Conference office announced today.
Griffith (Fresno, Calif.) played in his first match in almost a month for the Golden Bears, ending up with a dual-clinching victory for Cal over rival Stanford. The freshman defeated Cardinal junior Nolan Page, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, on Saturday to clinch No. 28 Cal’s 4-3 upset of 24th-ranked Stanford. The result snapped the Cardinal’s 10-match winning streak and kept Stanford from seizing sole possession of the Pac-12 regular-season title.
Westby (Tulsa, Okla.) also clinched a major rivalry victory this week to help USC hold off No. 5 UCLA to help the Trojans secure an undefeated Pac-12 season and earn their second outright Pac-12 title in the past three seasons. The freshman came back from dropping the first set against UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips, facing match point in the second set to force a tiebreaker, then playing through an injury sustained during the tiebreaker to win the second set and then the third set for a final match score of 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4. The singles win capped a come-from-behind victory for the Women of Troy, who had trailed the Bruins 3-0 in the match before battling out four-straight singles wins to win, 4-3.
It marks the first-career weekly selection for Martin and the 21st all-time men’s selection for California. It is the second-career weekly honor for Westby and the 35th all-time women’s selection for USC.
Both teams head to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-12 Championships. The men’s team championships begin Wednesday with first-round action, with California beginning competition on Thursday after earning the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye. The women’s singles and doubles championships kick off Thursday.
Men: Simon Stevens, ORE; John Morrissey, STAN; Max de Vroome, USC.
Women: Denise Starr, CAL; Nicole Long, ORE; Carol Zhao, STAN.
2015 PAC-12 TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Jan. 19||Kevin Farin, Oregon||Maegan Manasse, California|
|Jan. 26||Nick Crystal, USC||Terri Fleming, UCLA|
|Feb. 2||Roberto Quiroz, USC||Zoë Scandalis, USC|
|Feb. 9||Martin Redlicki, UCLA||Maegan Manasse, California|
|Feb. 16||Eric Johnson, USC||Madison Westby, USC|
|Feb. 23||Maciek Romanowicz, Stanford||Giuliana Olmos, USC|
|Mar. 2||Jake Douglas, Washington||Klara Fabikova, California|
|Mar. 9||Parker McGuiness, Utah||Denise Starr, California|
|Mar. 16||Jonny Wang, USC||Karla Popovic, California|
|Mar. 23||Eric Johnson, USC||Meredith Xepoleas, USC|
|Mar. 30||Dennis Mkrtchian, UCLA||Zsofi Susanyi, California|
|Apr. 6||Martin Redlicki, UCLA||Gabby Smith, USC|
|Apr. 13||John Morrissey, Stanford||Robin Anderson, UCLA|
|Apr. 20||Billy Griffith, UCLA||Madison Westby, USC|
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