Pac-12 announces Tennis Players of the Week

Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Michaël Geerts, Sr., Arizona State (Antwerp, Belgium)

• Geerts collected four wins at the No. 1 singles court and knocked off two ranked opponents to help Arizona State to a 2-2 record last week. The Sun Devils lost to No. 4 Ohio State, 4-2, but bounced back in the 2018 BNP Paribas Open Challenge by besting SMU, 4-2, and Tulsa, 4-1, to reach the championship match where they eventually fell to No. 39 California, 4-3.

• The biggest highlight came when Geerts upset No. 2 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State, 7-6, 7-5, in a close matchup. He went undefeated in the Paribas Open Challenge, also topping SMU, 6-1, 6-4, and Tulsa, 6-4, 6-3, before defeating California’s No. 52 ranked Billy Griffith in the finale to notch his third win against a ranked opponent this season.

• On the top court, the senior holds a 10-1 record in his last 11 matches and hasn't lost consecutive matches since opening the season at 0-3. With four wins last week he jumped 26 spots in the individual ranks, coming in at No. 35 this week.

• Earns his second Pac-12 Tennis Player of the Week honor and Arizona State’s sixth all-time weekly award.

2017-18 PAC-12 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Week of Player
Jan. 23 Thomas Laurent, Oregon
Jan. 30 Evan Zhu, UCLA
Feb. 6 Tom Fawcett, Stanford
Feb. 13 Tom Fawcett, Stanford
Feb. 20 Keegan Smith, UCLA
Feb. 27 Michaël Geerts, Arizona State
March 6 Maxime Cressy, UCLA
March 13 Eric Fomba, Stanford
March 20 Michaël Geerts, Arizona State

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Lauryn John-Baptiste, Fr., Arizona State (London, England)

• No. 56 John-Baptiste earned wins last week at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions to lead Arizona State to a 4-1 victory over LMU.

• John-Baptiste secured her fifth win over a ranked opponent, knocking off LMU’s No. 30 ranked Veronica Miroshnichenko, 6-3, 6-2, to improve to 8-2 this year.

• The freshman teamed up with Ilze Hattingh as the newcomers competed on the top court for the first time this season and helped ASU collect the doubles point. The duo defeated LMU’s No. 33 ranked pair and remain undefeated in 2018 boasting an 11-0 record.

• Earns her second Pac-12 Tennis Player of the Week honor and the Sun Devils’ 15th all-time weekly award.

ALSO NOMINATED: Vivian Glozman, CAL; Alaina Miller, UCLA; Rianna Valdes, USC; Miki Kobayashi, WASH.

2017-18 PAC-12 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Week of Player
Jan. 23 Michaela Bayerlova, Washington State
Jan. 30 Stacey Fung, Washington
Feb. 6 Talya Zandberg, Arizona
Feb. 13 Jada Hart, UCLA
Feb. 20 Taylor Calton, Utah
Feb. 27 Michaela Bayerlova, Washington State
March 6 Lauryn John-Baptiste, Arizona State
March 13 Julia Rosenqvist, California
March 20 Lauryn John-Baptiste, Arizona State
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