California's Conor Niland Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Feb. 27, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California senior men's tennis player Conor Niland has been named the Pac-10 men's tennis player of the week for Feb. 21-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Niland, a senior from Limerick, Ireland, expanded his dual-match winning streak last weekend to six. He defeated fourth-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) in the No. 1 singles spot. At the beginning of the month, Niland recorded an upset victory over UCLA's third-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 6-3, 6-2.

On the doubles court, Niland and his partner, junior Tyler Browne, defeated Baylor's Matija Zgaga and Vladimir Portnov, 8-4 in the first position. Zgaga and Portnov are ranked No. 6 nationally.

The award is Niland's second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. He was honored the week of Feb. 6-12.

The Bears will host BYU on Tuesday at the Hellman Tennis Center. The match is set for a 1:30 p.m. (PST) start.

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