Pac-10 Selects 2009 Women's Tennis All-Conference Teams
May 4, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote by the league’s coaches, STANFORD sophomore Hilary Barte has been named the Pac-10 Women’s Tennis Singles Player of the Year and two-time Conference champions Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu of USC have been named the Doubles Team of the Year. CALIFORNIA’S Jana Juricova has been tabbed Freshman of the Year while USC’S Richard Gallien earns the Coach of the Year distinction.
Barte becomes the 14th Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year and the first since 2002. The sophomore is the Pac-10’s highest-ranked singles player, currently holding the No. 7 spot in the ITA’s top-125. Barte is 31-5 overall this season and has compiled a 20-1 mark in dual matches. She has defeated three top-10 opponents, including then-No. 3 Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State. The Chatsworth, Calif., native is 20-5 versus nationally-ranked opponents this year. She earned the Conference’s automatice bid to the NCAA Singles Championships, where she will be the seventh-overall seed in the tournament.
Fink, a Calabasas, Calif., native, and Niculescu, a native of Romania, were named Doubles Team of the Year after capturing their second consecutive Pac-10 Doubles Championship in Ojai., Calif. They become the first USC pair to win the Doubles Team of the Year honors. The duo is 22-6 overall and 16-4 playing in the No. 1 spot in dual matches this season, including 6-1 in Pac-10 contests. The pair are currently the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation heading into the NCAA Doubles Championships. They are also one of four Pac-10 doubles teams to be seeded in the top-8.
Juricova, a Piestany, Slovak Republic, native, becomes the third California player to garner Freshman of the Year accolades. She has registered a 33-6 overall record, including 13-4 in dual matches and 6-2 in Pac-10 action. The rookie is currently No. 11 on the ITA’s top-125. She received an at-large berth to the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship and is one of the tournament’s top-16 seeds. In doubles, Juricova has posted a 28-7 overall record and is 13-1 in the No. 1 slot. She and teammate Mari Andersson are the seventh-ranked doubles team in the nation and have been selected to participate in the NCAA Doubles Chmpionship. The pair will be one of the top-8 seeds in the draw.
USC’s Gallien earns Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career as the Trojans are 20-2 heading into the postseason. He picked up his 300th career win this season as he led the Trojans to their first-ever Pac-10 Championship with a perfect 8-0 record in Conference play. Gallien, in his 14th season, has had three players claim the Pac-10 Singles title, including Fink this year. USC has earned 14 straight NCAA appearances and is the seventh seed in the 2009 tournament. The Trojans are on a 12-match winning streak entering the NCAA Tounament. With its 20-2 record going into the postseason, USC will finish the year with the fewest losses since either 1985 (2) or 1986 (3). Under Gallien, USC has finished no lower than 11th in the NCAA Championships over the past nine years.
|Kelcy McKenna||So.||Arizona State|
|Nadia Abdala||Jr.||Arizona State|