Women's All-Conference Honors Released

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote by the league's 11 coaches, STANFORD sophomore Nicole Gibbs has been named the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Year, USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria have been voted Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year, UCLA's Robin Anderson has been awarded Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and WASHINGTON STATE's Lisa Hart has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Friday.

First Team

Nicole Gibbs, So., STAN*
Robin Anderson, Fr., UCLA*
Mallory Burdette, Jr., STAN
Jana Juricova, Sr., CAL
Zoe Scandalis, Fr., USC
Zsofia Susanyi, Fr., CAL

*Unanimous selection

Second Team
Jacqueline Cako, So., ASU
Sabrina Santamaria, Fr., USC
Denise Dy, Sr., WASH
Danielle Lao, Jr., USC
Anett Schutting, So., CAL
Liudmila Vasilieva, Jr., WSU^
Stacey Tan, Jr., STAN^

^Tied for final slot

Honorable Mention
Lacey Smyth, So., ARIZ
Anastasia Putilina, Sr., UTAH
Annie Goransson, Jr., CAL
Kaitlyn Christian, So., USC

Gibbs finished her sophomore season 17-2 in dual match singles contests as Stanford's top singles player, and also went 16-1 as half of the Cardinal's No. 1 doubles pair with junior Mallory Burdette. Gibbs' sole conference singles loss was to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Robin Anderson. The Santa Monica, Calif., native flew through the competition at the Pac-12 Championships in April to claim the Pac-12 singles title, and fell in the doubles finals to Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC. Gibbs is ranked third in the country per the ITA's most recent rankings.

Christian and Santamaria won the doubles crown at the Pac-12 Championships, defeating the country's No. 2 duo of Stanford's Gibbs and Burdette in straight sets to bring USC its third Conference doubles title in the last five years. The sophomore-freshman pairing played all but one match as USC's top doubles team, finishing 10-8 in overall dual match competition and 5-3 in conference matches. Christian and Santamaria currently are ranked third in nation.


Anderson went 18-2 in dual match singles play in her first collegiate season, playing all but two of her matches at the top spot for the No. 1 Bruins. The Matawan, N.J. native lost just one singles match in Pac-12 competition, falling to USC freshman Zoe Scandalis in the final dual match of the regular season. Anderson debuted in the ITA singles rankings at No. 8 in January and climbed as high as No. 3 this season after defeating reigning NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova of Cal and then-third-ranked Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in one weekend. She is currently ranked fourth in the country.

Hart engineered an impressive turnaround from last season to this season, taking a team that won just one conference dual match in the spring of 2011 to a current No. 31 ranking, finishing 18-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play to end up fifth in the Pac-12 standings and earn a bid to the NCAA championships. The ninth-year WSU coach led the Cougars to a 7-0 start this spring and finished the dual match season on a 9-2 run leading into the Pac-12 Championships. Hart's Cougars went from outside the top 75 in the ITA rankings to as high as No. 31 in the final month of the season.

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