Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week
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