ASU's Juan Carlos Rebaza, California's Marina Cossou Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
March 10, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE senior Juan Carlos Rebaza and CALIFORNIA freshman Marina Cossou have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Mar. 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Rebaza had a successful weekend and has proven to be a big reason why the Sun Devils are currently undefeated. The senior swept through both of his singles matches this past weekend. Against Pierre Mouillon of California, Rebaza battled back from dropping the second set to take the match thanks to a spirited performance in the tiebreaker, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4). Rebaza upset No. 85 Richard Wire of Stanford the following day in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
The No. 26 Sun Devils (9-0) take a long road trip to Atlanta, Ga. this week as the play Clemson on Wed. March 12 and Georgia Tech on Fri., March 14.
The No. 47 ranked Cossou had a spectacular week at the No. 1 position for the Golden Bears, going 3-0 in singles and defeating three ranked players. She opened the week with her biggest victory, a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 11 Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary. As the Bears hosted the Arizona schools over the weekend, Cossou continued to be a force in her first collegiate weekend at the top position as she defeated No. 30 Nadia Abdala of Arizona State, 6-3, 6-2 on Sat. and then returned Sunday to down No. 62 Danielle Steinberg of Arizona, 6-4, 6-1.
California (10-3) currently sits 8th in the ITA polls as they have a break until March 21, when they will face Brigham Young.
This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Rebaza and the first for Cossou. The award is the fourth for the Arizona State men's team and the sixth for the California women's team.
ALSO NOMINATED (MEN): Francisco Gallardo, ORE; Alex Clayton, STAN; Patrik Fishcer, WASH.
ALSO NOMINATED (WOMEN): Kelcy McKenna, ASU; Leyla Entekhabi, USC
2008 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Mathieu Dehaine, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 11- Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., USC; Feb. 18- Matt Brooklyn, So., ASU; Feb. 25- Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Fr., WASH, March 3- Alex Kuharszky, Sr., WASH; March 10- Juan Carlos Rebaza, ASU.
2008 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Tara Simpson, Sr., WASH; Feb. 11- Danielle Steinberg, Jr., ARIZ; Feb. 18- Venise Chan, Fr., WASH; Feb. 25- Stephanie Kusano, Sr., CAL; March 3- Elizabeth Lumpkin, Sr., WASH; March 10- Marina Cossou, CAL.