Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week

Scott Chandler

Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Maxime Cressy, Sr., UCLA (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Nationally ranked Cressy clinched all three of No. 19 UCLA’s victories over LMU, 7-0, No. 10 Stanford, 4-2, and No. 40 California, 4-2. Went a combined 6-0 on the week across singles and doubles action, beating five ranked opponents in five days.
• Recorded the highest-ranked win of his career with a 7-5, 6-4 match-clinching win over Stanford’s No. 8-ranked Axel Geller. Also knocked off doubles duo of No. 43 Geller and Alexandre Rotsaert, 7-6 (6), with doubles partner Keegan Smith, the No. 36-ranked pair in the country.
• Against Cal on the first singles court, completed a comeback after trailing 3-6, 0-5, winning the next 13 of 15 games to seal the 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 result. The come-from-behind victory clinched the match and notched the Bruins’ sixth-straight victory.
• This season, Cressy is 8-2 in singles play and is yet to lose a doubles match with three different partners.
• 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 fifth-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, previously winning once earlier this season (March 12) and three times his junior season. It marks the 41st all-time weekly honor for the Bruins.

ALSO NOMINATED: Filip Malbasic, ARIZONA; Justin Roberts, ARIZONA STATE; Daniel Cukierman, USC; Joe Woolley, UTAH; Ewen Lumsden, WASHINGTON.

Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Jada Hart, R-Jr., UCLA (Colton, Calif.)
• No. 56 Hart racked up three singles wins and a pair of doubles wins over ranked opponents to lead No. 11 UCLA to team victories over UC Santa Barbara, 4-0, and No. 15 California, 6-1, although they fell to No. 7 Stanford, 3-4.
• On the first singles court, upset No. 28 Michaela Gordon of Stanford, 6-2, 6-3, to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead over the Cardinal. Against the Bears, Hart trailed No. 30 Julia Rosenqvist 0-4 in the third-set tiebreaker before bouncing back to win 6-2, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (8) and complete the 6-1 rout of Cal.
• The 22nd-ranked tandem of Hart and Elysia Bolton also took care of business against a pair of top-25 opponents on court two, posting 6-1 wins against Stanford’s No. 18 Gordon and Emily Arbuthnott and 23rd-ranked Anna Bright and Jasie Dunk of Cal. The latter clinched the doubles point.
• The redshirt-junior studying political science has been named to the Athletic Director’s honor roll four times, an ITA All-American selection in doubles last year and two-time All-Pac-12 honoree. This marks her fourth-career Pac-12 weekly honor and the 24th all-time for the Bruins.
• Off the court, she serves as the team’s representative in the Student-Athlete Mentor Program (SAMS) through the athletic department. She also volunteers for the Wooden Academy Champions Program, a two-year program that furthers the growth of student-athletes away from their field of play.

ALSO NOMINATED: Caroline Lampl, STANFORD; Constance Branstine, USC; Brianna Chisholm, UTAH; Sedona Gallagher, WASHINGTON.

The Pac-12’s nine men’s teams and 11 women’s teams head to Ojai, Calif., Wednesday, April 24 - Saturday, April 27 to decide the Pac-12 men’s and women’s tennis team champions. Pac-12 competition will be held in conjunction with the 119th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Fans can buy five-day, weekend and single day passes online at www.ojaitourney.org/tournament-info/tickets/buy-tickets-online.

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
March 19 Brandon Holt, USC Julia Rosenqvist, California
March 26 Mor Bulis, USC Monica Malinen, Colorado
April 2 Maxime Cressy, UCLA Jada Hart, UCLA
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