Updated March 19, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — USC senior Steve Johnson and WASHINGTON STATE senior Elisabeth Fournier have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for March 12-18, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Johnson was perfect in singles and doubles in USC’s winning road trip through Texas over the weekend. The senior rolled to two more singles wins to bulk his overall singles win streak to 50 in a row. Johnson first beat Texas’ No. 62 Soren Hess-Olesen (6-0, 6-1), and then topped Texas A&M’s No. 27 Alexis Klegou (6-2, 6-1). He also combined forces with freshman Roberto Quiroz for two more wins at the No. 1 doubles position. The pair took down No. 40 Camillone/Holiner of Texas and No. 22 Ore/Withrow of Texas A&M, both with 8-5 wins. Johnson’s 50-match overall singles win streak dates back to January 2011. His dual-match singles win streak is now two years old—dating back to March 17, 2010—and now stands at 44 in a row. The winning week in Texas kept USC undefeated at 17-0 on the year to stretch an overall win streak to 37 in a row. Johnson is now 15-0 this season in singles and 10-0 in dual matches. USC’s 5-2 win at Texas A&M snapped a 43-match home winning streak held by the Aggies.
Fournier won both of her singles matches to help the Cougars post back-to-back upsets of No. 26 Arizona and No. 27 Arizona State last weekend. In Friday’s win over No. 26 Arizona, Fournier dropped the opening game then charged back to win 12 of the next 13 games for a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 85 Natasha Marks. Fournier followed that with a come-from-behind, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Michelle Brycki of No. 27 Arizona State. The win over ASU was the first in Washington State history, snapping an 18-match skid against the Sun Devils. The weekend also was the first time WSU has defeated back-to-back opponents ranked in the top 30 nationally. With the win Fournier improved to 25-5 on the season while the win over Brycki was the 100th of Fournier’s career, extending her school record in that category.
Women’s: Sabrina Santamaria, USC; Sarah Pham, UTAH.
2012 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 16 Nick Andrews, California
Jan. 23 Ryan Thacher, Stanford
Jan. 30 Ray Sarmiento, USC
Feb. 6 Nick Meister, UCLA
Feb. 13 Kyle McMorrow, Washington
Feb. 20 Yannick Hanfmann, USC
Feb. 27 Roberto Quiroz, USC
March 5 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher, Stanford
March 12 Robin Cambier, Oregon
March 19 Steve Johnson, USC
2012 Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 16 Jana Juricova, California
Jan. 23 Zoe Scandalis, USC
Jan. 30 Elisabeth Fournier, Washington State
Feb. 6 Kaitlyn Christian, USC
Feb. 13 Zsofi Susanyi, California
Feb. 20 Robin Anderson, UCLA
Feb. 27 Gabrielle DeSimone, USC
March 5 Ellen Tsay, Stanford
March 12 Ellen Tsay, Stanford
March 19 Elisabeth Fournier, Washington State