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Pac-12 announces tennis players of the week

Feb 25, 2020

Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week: Russell Benkaim, Jr., Utah (Bradenton, Fla.)
• Went 5-0 on the weekend, leading Utah to three victories including an upset over No. 23 Iowa (4-3) to help the Utes remain perfect in home matches this season (10-0).
• 54th-ranked pair of Benkaim and partner Randy Cory downed the nation's 10th-ranked duo of Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies of Iowa to clinch the doubles point, breaking a 1-1 tie, and marking the pairs ninth-straight victory. 
• Recorded singles wins over Montana State’s Nejc Sitar (7-6, 6-3) and Southern Utah’s R.J. Parker (6-4, 6-1) to help the Utes blank the Bobcats and the Thunderbirds (7-0) on Saturday.
• This marks the juniors second-career men’s tennis player of the week award, the eighth all-time weekly honor for Utah.

ALSO NOMINATED: Keegan Smith, UCLA; Bradley Frye, USC.  

Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week: Abbey Forbes, Fr., UCLA (Raleigh, N.C.)
• Helped then-No. 7 UCLA shutout No. 45 California (7-0) for the first time since facing the Golden Bears in the 2008 NCAA title match.
• Outlasted 50th-ranked Julia Rosenqvist of California (7-5, 6-4) to become the first Bruin to earn 20 wins, and give UCLA 3-0 lead.
• Added a doubles win over Cal’s Anna Bright and Alexis Nelson (6-2) with partner Taylor Johnson as the two competed for the first time as pair. 
• The eighth-ranked freshman is now 7-2 against top-50 opponents and holds a 20-2 overall record this season.
•  Forbes earns her first-career women’s tennis player of the week honors and UCLA’s 28th all-time weekly award.

ALSO NOMINATED: Angelica Blake, STAN; Eryn Cayetano, USC; Whitney Hekking, Utah.


Week of Men's  Women's
Jan. 21 Daniel Cukierman, USC Michaela Gordon, Stanford
Jan. 28 Jack Davis, Washington Angela Kulikov, USC
Feb. 4 Brandon Holt, USC Elysia Bolton, UCLA
Feb. 11 Filip Malbasic, Arizona Sasha Vagramov, UCLA
Feb. 18 Daniel Cukierman, USC Natsuho Arakawa, Washington
Feb. 25 Russell Benkaim, Utah Abbey Forbes, UCLA