Pac-12 Announces Tennis Players of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO - The Conference office announced today that Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA was named Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week and Tina Bokhua of COLORADO was voted Women's Tennis Player of the Week for action during the week of Jan. 25-31.
In his first outing of the spring season, McDonald (Piedmont, Calif.) got off to a strong start when he rallied to defeat 28th-ranked Austin Smith of Georgia in the 2016 Pac-12/SEC Challenge. After dropping the first set, 2-6, McDonald battled back to win the second, 6-4. The junior took the three-setter on an ace serve and clinched the match for UCLA. In doubles play, McDonald and partner Martin Redlicki dominated the No. 10 pair in the country in Georgia's Smith and Ben Wagland, 6-1. It is McDonald's second-career weekly accolade and the 26th all-time for the Bruins.
Bokhua (Moscow, Russia) is the first student-athlete in Colorado history to earn Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors. The sophomore went 2-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles, playing the No. 1 position for the Buffaloes in both. She earned her first win over a ranked opponent of the spring season on Saturday, upsetting No. 62 Julia O'Loughlin from Denver in three sets. She then swept Teal Vosburgh from Boise State 7-6, 6-1 on Sunday to help the Buffs to a 7-0 win, also assisting in a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles.
Men: Naoki Takeda, ARIZ; Oskar Wikberg, CAL; Daan Massland, ORE; Jake DeVine, USC; Matt Cowley, UTAH; Jake Douglas, WASH.
Women: Shayne Austin, ARIZ; Ebony Panoho, ASU; Nia Rose, ORE; Catherine Harrison, UCLA; Madison Westby, USC; Maria Biryukova, WSU.
2016 PAC-12 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Jan. 18||Mitch Stewart, WASH||Desirae Krawczyk, ASU|
|Jan. 25||Nick Crystal, USC||Maegan Manasse, CAL|
|Feb. 1||Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA||Tina Bokhua, COLO|