California's Zerbini and Washington State's Vasilieva Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week

April 13, 2010



WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALIFORNIA junior Pedro Zerbini and WASHINGTON STATE freshman Liudmila Vasilieva have been named the Pac-10 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for April 5-11, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Zerbini of Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned his 17th and 18th singles victories as he helped the Golden Bears to wins over Oregon, 7-0, and No. 22 Washington, 5-2. Against the Ducks, the junior defeated No. 103 Alexander Cornelissen in straight sets (6-2, 7-5). Against the Huskies, Zerbini fought back after losing the first set to beat No. 65 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. Teaming with FR Christoffer Konigsfeldt, the duo won both of their doubles matches. They defeated Oregon’s duo of Cornelissen/Marcos Verdasco, 8-4, then beat Washington’s pair of Nedunchezhiyan, 8-4. 

This marks the fourth-career weekly honor for Zerbini and the 10th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the California men. 

Vasilieva of Yekaterinbgur, Russia, won five-consecutive singles matches last week, including a pair of victories over nationally ranked opponents: Stanford’s Lindsay Burdette (No. 61) and California’s Marina Cossou (No. 15). With the wins over Burdette and Cossou, Vasilieva became the first women’s tennis player in school history to defeat Stanford and California opponents in the same season. Against Burdette, the sophomore won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. She later defeated Cossou 6-3, 5-7, 10-6. Vasilieva’s 26 singles victories on the season are the most by a Cougar freshman since 1983. 

This marks the first-career weekly honor for Vasilieva and the third all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the Washington State women. 

2010 Pac-10 Men’s Tennis 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
Mar. 9 - Steve Johnson, USC
Mar. 16 - Pedro Zerbini, CAL
Mar. 23 - Daniel Nguyen, USC
Mar. 30 - Nick Meister, UCLA
Apr. 5 - Jason McNaughton, USC
Apr. 13 - Pedro Zerbini, CAL

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
Mar. 9 - Micaela Hein, ASU
Mar. 16 - Kelcy McKenna, ASU
Mar. 23 - Marina Cossou, CAL
Mar. 30 - Hilary Barte, STAN
Apr. 5 - Jana Juricova, CAL
Apr. 13 - Liudmila Vasilieva, WSU



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