USC's Poldma and California's Juricova Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week

Feb. 16, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior Jaak Poldma and CALIFORNIA sophomore Jana Juricova have been named the Pac-10 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 8-14, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

Poldma of Talinn, Estonia, led the top-ranked Trojans to a 2-1 record at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, with wins over No. 26 Fresno State, 4-0, and No. 3 UCLA, 4-0. In USC’s loss to No. 8 Texas, Poldma defeated UT’s Kellen Damico (6-3, 7-6 (6)) at the No. 3 singles position. Against cross-city rival UCLA, he defeated Nick Meister in straight sets (6-0, 6-3). Poldma teamed with Peter Lucassen at the No. 3 doubles position, to beat FSU’s duo of Siddharth Alapati/Tejesvi Veerepalli, 8-3, and upsetting the 36th-ranked duo Matt Brooklyn/Kalliim Stewart from UCLA, 8-6. 

This marks the first-career weekly honor for Poldma and the 11th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the USC men. 

Juricova, a native of Piestany, Slovak Republic, led the second-ranked Golden Bears to a pair of victories over No. 9 Georgia Tech, 5-2, and No. 12 UCLA, 4-3, at the ITA Team Championships before falling to third-ranked and defending national champion Northwestern, 4-3. Juricova suffered her first defeat in nine matches, falling to the top-ranked player in the nation, GT’s Irina Falconi (7-6(7), 7-5). She rebounded from her early defeat by beating UCLA’s (No. 5) Yasmin Schnack (6-4, 6-2) and NU’s (No. 12) Maria Mosolova (6-3, 6-1). Juricova teamed with Mari Andersson and maintained their perfect record in dual matches by defeating GT’s duo Falconi/Sasha Krupina, 8-5, upsetting UCLA No. 10 duo of Andrea Remynse/Schnack, 8-1, and beating NU’s duo Elena Chernyakova/Lauren Lui, 8-4.

This is the second-career weekly honor for Juricova and the Conference leading 10th overall Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the California women.

2010 Pac-10 Men’s Players of the Week
Jan. 25 - Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, WASH
Feb. 2 - Bradley Klahn, STAN
Feb. 9 - Christoffer Konigsfeldt, CAL
Feb. 16 - Jaak Poldma, USC

2010 Pac-10 Women’s Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 25 - Venise Chan, WASH
Feb. 2 - Denise Dy, WASH
Feb. 9 - Lindsay Burdette, STAN
Feb. 16 - Jana Juricova, CAL

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