Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week

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Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Brandon Holt, Jr., USC (Rolling Hills, Calif.)
• Ranked No. 16 nationally, Holt won all three of his single matches, including two over ranked opponents, and notched two doubles victories to lead No. 16 USC to wins over Cornell, 4-0, and Arizona State, 4-0, at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge before falling to No. 6 Baylor in the championship match, 4-2.
• The No. 28-ranked duo of Holt and Riley Smith notched the doubles point for the Trojans against the Sun Devils with a 6-4 win on court one over No. 49 Kellovsky/Ponwith. He then snagged a singles victory on court one over a top-75 ranked opponent, 6-2, 6-4.
• Claimed his sixth singles victory over a ranked opponent this year with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Baylor’s No. 42 Johannes Schretter on court one.
• The junior majoring in business is a two-time ITA All-American and first team All-Pac-12 honoree.
• He earns his third-career Pac-12 weekly honor, previously winning earlier this season and once as a freshman. It’s the 52nd all-time for the Trojans.

ALSO NOMINATED: Filip Malbasic, ARIZONA; Nathan Ponwith, ARIZONA STATE; Ben Draper, CALIFORNIA; Keegan Smith, UCLA; Ewen Lumsden, WASHINGTON.

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Julia Rosenqvist, So., California (Onsala, Sweden)
• The 25th-ranked single player in the country, Rosenqvist went 4-0 in singles and doubles play to improve No. 14 California’s Conference record to 3-0 with home wins over Arizona (7-0) and Arizona State (5-2).
• Against the Wildcats on Friday, teamed with No. 26 doubles partner Hana Mraz on the first doubles court, rallying back from a 5-4 deficit and prevailing, 7-5. Earned a three set victory on singles court one, with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 result.
• Rosenqvist and Mraz upset ASU’s sixth-ranked duo of Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh, 6-2, at court-one and clinched the doubles point for the Bears again. Extended Cal’s lead by notching the first singles victory with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hattingh on court one.
• The sophomore intending to major in political economy earns her third-career Pac-12 weekly honor, previously winning earlier this season and once last year. It is the 43rd all-time honor for the Bears.
• Off the court, she is involved in Cal’s BearTrax program, an after-school tennis and tutoring program for local children.

ALSO NOMINATED: Caroline Lampl, STANFORD; Danielle Willson, USC; Madison Tattini, UTAH; Stacey Fung, WASHINGTON; Hikaru Sato, 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 
March 12 Maxime Cressy, UCLA Lauryn John-Baptiste, Arizona State
March 19 Brandon Holt, USC Julia Rosenqvist, California
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