Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week

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Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Maxime Cressy, Sr., UCLA (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
• Nationally ranked Cressy helped No. 20 UCLA open Pac-12 play with a 4-2 road win over No. 41 Utah with victories on the No. 1 singles and doubles courts.
• Earned his first-career win over a nationally ranked opponent with a straight-sets result over Utah’s No. 64 Dan Little, 6-4, 6-1. He improved his season singles record to 5-1.
• Teamed with Connor Rapp to establish momentum in doubles play, beating the Utes duo, 6-1, on the top court. Cressy is undefeated in doubles play this year with nine victories.
• The senior studying mathematics/economics is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, earning second team honors in 2018 and honorable mention in 2017. He earns his fourth-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, previously winning three times last season, and the 40th all-time for the Bruins.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jonas Ziverts, ARIZONA; Jack Molloy, CALIFORNIA; Thomas Laurent, OREGON; Alex Rotsaert, STANFORD; Jake Sands, USC; David Micevski, UTAH.

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Lauryn John-Baptiste, So., Arizona State (London, England)
• Totaled a 4-0 record in singles and doubles matches to open Pac-12 play in narrow losses against a pair of top-15 teams in No. 6 UCLA, 4-2, and No. 14 USC, 4-3.
• In doubles, the national No. 6 duo of John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh defeated two ranked duos on the first court in No. 16 Elysia Bolton/Jada Hart of UCLA (7-5) and No. 13 Angela Kulikov/Rianna Valdes of USC (6-2).
• In the No. 2 singles spot, she upset No. 10 ranked Bolton of UCLA in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-2), then swept USC's Valdes, 6-4, 6-2.
• The sophomore earned first-team All-America honors last year after advancing to the quarterfinal round at the NCAA Doubles Championships. This marks her third-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, previously winning the award twice as a freshman, and the 16th all-time for the Sun Devils.   

ALSO NOMINATED: Sophia Thomas, ARIZONA; Katerina Stloukalova, CALIFORNIA; Sara Nayar, COLORADO; Niluka Madurawe, STANFORD; Abi Altick, UCLA; Danielle Willson, USC; Brianna Chisholm, UTAH; Vanessa Wong, WASHINGTON.

2018-19 PAC-12 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 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 
March 12 Maxime Cressy, UCLA Lauryn John-Baptiste, Arizona State
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