This Year in Pac-12 Tennis
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 men's and women's tennis had another successful season on the courts in 2017. The Stanford women has a hard fought battle in the NCAA tournament, but ultimately ended as the NCAA runners-up. Thirteen tennis teams, including seven women’s and six men’s squads, were selected to compete in the NCAA Championships. Six teams, including two women’s and four men’s squads, advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
No. 3 seeded USC was able to clinch the underdog win against No. 1 seeded UCLA after battling through both the singles and doubles at the 2017 Pac-12 men’s tennis championship. No. 1 STANFORD captured the inaugural 2017 women’s tennis team championship with a 5-1 win over No. 2 California at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.
The Pac-12 Conference announced the men’s tennis All-Pac-12 honors for the 2017 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. Stanford’s Tom Fawcett was voted Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year. UCLA’s Evan Zhu and Martin Redlicki were tabbed the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. USC's Brandon Holt was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. Oregon head coach Nils Schylander was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
The Pac-12 Conference announced the women’s tennis All-Pac-12 honors for the 2017 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. UCLA’s Ena Shibahara was voted Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year and Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. UCLA’s pair of Jada Hart and Terri Fleming were named Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. USC’s head coach Richard Gallien was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
National honors also poured in for Pac-12 tennis, as five women and six men earned ITA All-America status. Women's players earning national recognition were: California's Karla Popovic, Maegan Manasse and Maya Jensen; Stanford's Melissa Lord; UCLA's Ena Shibahara. Men's players earning All-America honors were: California’s Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi; Stanford’s Tom Fawcett; UCLA's Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu; USC’s Brandon Holt.