USC's Nguyen Named Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week

March 2, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC sophomore Daniel Nguyen and junior Maria Sanchez have been named the Pac-10 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 22-28, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

Nguyen of Oxnard, Calif., led the fifth-ranked Trojans to wins over San Diego State, 7-0, and No. 14 Stanford, 4-3. Due to the threat of rain, USC and Stanford opted to play singles first instead of doubles. Nguyen gave the Trojans the early lead with a 6-2, 6-1 sweep over Matt Kandath. With the score tied at 3-3, match point would come down to the doubles point. Teaming with SO Steve Johnson, Nguyen pushed Stanford’s duo No. 26 Alex Clayton/Richard Wire to a match tiebreaker where Nguyen/Johnson then pulled ahead and clinched the match with a 7-3 tiebreak, giving the Trojans the win. 

This marks the first-career weekly honor for Nguyen and the 12th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the USC men.

Sanchez of Modesto, Calif., won both single’s matches against ranked opponents, including an impressive upset of California’s No. 2 Jana Juricova. Sanchez began the week with 6-2, 6-2 sweep over San Diego State’s No. 58 Julia Trunk. Battling at the No. 1 singles position against Juricova, Sanchez easily took the first set 6-1, before dropping the second set 2-6. In the third set with the score tied a two, Sanchez won the next three games en route to taking the set 6-3. With the upset win, Sanchez improved to 16-5 overall in singles matches. 

This is the second-career weekly honor for Sanchez and the ninth all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the USC 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
Feb. 23 - Christoffer Konigsfeldt, CAL
Mar. 2 - Daniel Nguyen, 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
Feb. 23 - Venise Chan, WASH
Mar. 2 - Maria Sanchez, USC

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