Van't Hof, Zalameda Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's tennis Players of the Week
April 28, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC's Kaes Van't Hof and UCLA's Riza Zalameda have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for April 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Van't Hof won both the Pac-10 Men's Singles Championship and was a member of USC's Championship Doubles pair. The senior from Newport Beach, Calif., defeated teammate Robert Farah, a sophomore, 6-3, 7-6(2) to claim the men's singles title on a scorching day at the Ojai Tournament. Farah then joined Van't Hof to take the doubles title later in the day as they rolled past Arizona State's T.J. Bellama and Matt Brooklyn, 6-4, 6-4.
USC awaits it's NCAA Tournament selection, which should occur when the field for the 2008 NCAA Team Championships is announced on April 29.
Zalameda, took home her first Pac-10 Individual crown as she downed USC's Amanda Fink in the finals, rallying from a 1-3 second set deficit to win five out of the last six games and take the match 6-3, 6-4. The win was especially gratifying for the Bruin senior, who had lost to Fink less than 10 days ago in UCLA's 5-2 dual-match victory over the Women of Troy.
The UCLA women also await their seeding in the NCAA Tournament, while Zalameda will await her seeding when the individual field is announced on April 30.
This is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Van't Hof in his career and the fifth for Zalameda, the most for any player since the award began. The award is the 8th for the USC men's team and the sixth for the UCLA women's team.
NCAA Regional action will take place on campus sites, May 9-10 or 10-11. For just the third time in NCAA history, both the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will be held together at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be hosted by the University of Tulsa.
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- Andy Kuharszky, Sr., WASH; March 10- Juan Carlos Rebaza, Sr., ASU; March 17- T.J. Bellama, Jr., ASU; March 24- Abdullah Magdas, Jr., USC; March 31- Matt Bruch, Jr., STAN; April 7- Robert Farah, So., USC; April 14- Harel Srugo, Sr., UCLA; April 21- Michael Look, Sr., UCLA; April 28- Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., USC.
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, Fr., CAL; March 17- Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA; March 24- Leyla Entekhabi, Fr., USC; March 31- Kelcy McKenna, Fr., ASU; April 7- Hilary Barte, Fr., STAN; April 14- Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA; April 21- Hilary Barte, Fr., STAN; April 28- Riza Zalameda, Sr., UCLA.