2015 Pac-12 women's tennis all-Conference honors
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference announced the 2015 Women’s Tennis All-Conference awards today. Individually, UCLA’s Robin Anderson was voted Singles Player of the Year for the second-straight year, while USC’s Madison Westby received Freshman/Newcomer of the Year accolades. STANFORD’s duo of Carol Zhao and Taylor Davidson was voted Doubles Team of the Year, while USC’s Richard Gallien was voted Coach of the Year.
The Pac-12 Women’s Tennis All-Conference teams consist of a six member first team and a six member second team. Players who are nominated for the All-Conference team, but are not selected are accorded honorable mention status. The teams are voted upon by the Conference’s 11 head coaches.
Robin Anderson, Sr., UCLA *
Taylor Davidson, So., Stanford
Klara Fabikova, Jr., California
Maegan Manasse, So., California *
Giuliana Olmos, Jr., USC *
Carol Zhao, So., Stanford *
* - unanimous selection
Caroline Doyle, So., Stanford
Catherine Harrison, Jr., UCLA
Desirae Krawczyk, Jr., Arizona State
Sabrina Santamaria, Sr., USC
Zoë Scandalis, Sr., USC
Chanelle Van Nguyen, Sr., UCLA
Honorable Mention: Tereza Bekerova, Sr., UTAH; Jennifer Brady, So., UCLA; Lauren Marker, So., ARIZ; Kyle McPhillips, Jr., UCLA; Denise Starr, So., CAL; Zsofi Susanyi, Sr., CAL.
Singles Player of the Year: Robin Anderson, Sr., UCLA
A four-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Anderson earns her second-straight Pac-12 Player of the Year honor after being ranked first in the nation in women’s Division I singles play for six-straight weeks, holding an overall record of 19-2 on the season, with a dual record of 14-2 and a 9-1 mark in Conference play. The senior played at the No. 1 position for the NCAA Champion Bruins all season, with 13 wins over other ranked opponents including five victories over top-10 opponents. Earlier in the season, the Matawan, N.J., native won the ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Anderson is also the reigning 2014 Honda Cup winner for women’s tennis, just the third Bruin to win the honor, and has earned ITA All-America status three times in both singles and doubles.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Year: Madison Westby, Fr., USC
Westby, most recently ranked No. 57 in the nation, rounds out the regular season and the Pac-12 Championships with a 22-9 overall record, including a 15-4 mark in dual matches and a 7-1 mark in Pac-12 matches. Competing primarily at the No. 4 position for the Trojans, the Tulsa, Okla., native helped USC to the regular-season Pac-12 title for the second time in three years. The freshman earned Pac-12 Player of the Week twice this season, once after clinching a 4-3 upset over then-No. 11 Vanderbilt then again after clinching the comeback victory over rival UCLA.
Doubles Team of the Year: Carol Zhao/Taylor Davidson, Stanford
Sophomores Zhao and Davidson won the Pac-12 Doubles Championship draw, defeating the other Stanford duo of Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay in the final match. Zhao (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) and Davidson (Statesville, N.C.) split duties at No. 1 this season for the Cardinal, entering NCAA competition with a 29-6 overall mark, a 13-4 record in dual matches and a 6-3 mark in Conference play. The duo is also 15-3 against nationally ranked opponents.
Coach of the Year: Richard Gallien, USC
Gallien’s Trojans finished the Pac-12 season undefeated to earn sole possession of the Pac-12 Championship for the second time in three years and the third time in the history of the program. USC also swept the Pac-12 Invitational Draws at the championships in Ojai, Calif., with freshman Meredith Xepoleas winning the singles invitational and duo Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz winning the doubles draw. The Trojans will compete in the NCAA Team Championship as the No. 1-overall seed, with five individuals earning selections in the Singles and Doubles Championships.