USC's Johnson and California's Andersson Named Pac-10 Tennis Players of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior Steve Johnson and CALIFORNIA senior Mari Andersson have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 14-20, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
USC's Johnson beat highly ranked players in all three of USC's matches at the competitive ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Ranked #4, Johnson first took down #10 Henrique Cunha of Duke in three sets and then served up straight-set wins in his next two matches. The Orange, Calif., native's next win was against one of his top Pac-10 rivals, #7 Bradley Klahn of Stanford, whom he topped with a solid 6-2, 6-3 win. The next day, Johnson had the clinching win for the Trojans with his 6-3, 6-3 win over #11 Austen Childs of Louisville. These wins give Johnson a seven-match win streak in singles for a 20-3 overall record and a 7-0 mark in dual matches.
California's Andersson helped the Golden Bears earn two victories at the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championship as she went undefeated in three doubles matches and three singles matches. #70 Andersson earned her eighth consecutive singles victory and stayed flawless in duals (8-0) as she took out #45 Brittany Wowchuk of Northwestern, 6-4, 2-1; #61 Jillian O'Neill of Georgia Tech, 7-6, 6-1; and Claudine Paulson of Arkansas, 6-2, 6-2. The Bastad, Sweden native passed the 15-win plateau on the season. In doubles matches, Andersson teamed with junior Jana Juricova to earn their team-leading 24th win this season and 11th straight. The pair took out three ranked teams and helped clinch the doubles point for the Bears for the seventh time this year. First, they took out #15 Hamilton and Mushrefova of Northwestern, 8-2. They then earned an 8-6 win over #70 Kilborn and Krupina of Georgia Tech before they capped off the three-win weekend with an 8-4 win over #37 Paulson and Tiga of Arkansas.
This is the second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Johnson and the Conference-leading 18th selection all-time for USC. For Andersson, this is her second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. The Bears lead the Conference with 14 selections all-time.
Men's: Jason Zafiros, ARIZ; Duncan MacDonald-Korth, ORE; Denis Lin, STAN
Women's: Sarah Landsman, ARIZ; Pavlina Smatova, ORE; Nicole Gibbs; STAN
2011 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 18 - Pedro Zerbini, CAL
Jan. 24 - Bradley Klahn, STAN
Jan. 31 - Emilio Gomez, USC
Feb. 7 - Clay Thompson, UCLA
Feb. 14 - Jaak Poldma, USC
Feb. 21 - Steve Johnson, USC
2011 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 18 - Maria Sanchez, USC
Jan. 24 - Venise Chan, WASH
Jan. 31 - Denise Dy, WASH
Feb. 7 - Anna Goransson, CAL
Feb. 14 - Maria Sanchez, USC
Feb. 21 - Mari Andersson, CAL
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