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Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week

Mar 5, 2019

Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Russell Benkaim, So., Utah (Boca Raton, Fla.)
• Finished the weekend undefeated in both singles and doubles, without giving up a single set in all four victories, helping Utah to wins over No. 40 Old Dominion, 4-0, and Denver, 4-0, at home.
• Topped the Monarch’s duo of Nicola Vidal and Luca Maldoner with a score of 6-2 on the third doubles court with partner Joe Woolley. Went on to knock off Vidal on the No. 4 singles court, 6-4, 6-2, to put the Utes up 3-0.
• Kept it rolling on the third doubles court against Denver with Woolley, taking down Daniel Krulig and Eric Morris with a final score of 6-1. Notched his fifth-straight singles victory against the Pioneers’ Ignatius Castelino, 6-3, 6-0.
• The sophomore earns his first-career Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor and the sixth all-time honor for the Utes.


Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Angela Kulikov, Jr., USC (Sun Valley, Calif.)
Went undefeated and won all three of her single matches to lead No. 32 USC to four victories over the span of six days against San Diego State, 5-2, No. 5 UCLA, 4-1, Saint Mary’s, 4-0, and Hawai’i, 4-1.   
• Against cross-city rival UCLA, upset the Bruins’ No. 8 Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield on court one with partner Rianna Valdes, 6-4. Clinched the match for the Trojans with another upset on the second singles court against No. 11 Elysia Bolton, 6-3, 7-5.
• Kulikov and Valdes have won seven matches over ranked doubles opponents and have compiled an 18-3 record on the season.
• The junior studying cognitive science earns her second-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, previously winning the award earlier this season on Jan. 28. Marks the 40th all-time honor for the Trojans.  

ALSO NOMINATED: Talya Zandberg, ARIZONA; Vanessa Wong, WASHINGTON; Michaela Bayerlova, WASHINGTON STATE.


 Week of Men's Women's
Jan. 22 Tim Ruehl, Arizona State Stacey Fung, Washington
Jan. 28 Brandon Holt, USC Angela Kulikov, USC
Feb. 5 Thomas Laurent, Oregon Elysia Bolton, UCLA
Feb. 12 Dan Little, Utah Emily Arbuthnott, Stanford
Feb. 19 Axel Geller, Stanford Julia Rosenqvist, California
Feb. 26 Thomas Laurent, Oregon Melissa Lord, Stanford
March 5 Russell Benkaim, Utah Angela Kulikov, USC