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Pac-12 Tennis Players of The Week - Mar. 3, 2021

Mar 3, 2021

MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keegan Smith, Sr., UCLA (San Diego, Calif.)

  • Partnered with Patrick Zahraj, Keegan Smith kicked off UCLA’s match play with a doubles win against UC Santa Barbara. The doubles pair clinched the doubles point defeating Kai Brady and Stefano Tsorotiotis by a 6-2 score. 
  • Smith knocked off the nation’s No. 1 singles player, Daniel Cukierman of USC, in UCLA’s 4-3 loss to its crosstown rival.
  • The triumph over Cukierman avenged a January setback and improved Smith’s record to 4-1 for the season.
  • Smith is now 3-1 against nationally-ranked opponents, a mark that was bettered by a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 27 Joseph Guillin of UC Santa Barbara earlier in the week.

WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Salma Ewing, Jr., USC (Lakewood, Calif.)

  • Junior Salma Ewing beat both of her ranked opponents in USC’s matches over the weekend: UCLA's No. 19 Jada Hart (4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)) and Oklahoma State's No. 77 Ayumi Miyamoto (6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)).
  • Partnered with Clare McKee, the pair was able to make its final push in a back and forth battle to defeat Oklahoma State's doubles pair Lenka Stara and Alana Wolfberg.
  • The junior was the only player on the Trojans roster to collect both wins in singles and doubles over the weekend.
  • Ewing only has one loss on the season in both singles and doubles leaving her with a 5-1 record in both singles and doubles. 
 Week of Men's Women's
Feb. 3 Daniel Cukierman, USC Elysia Bolton, UCLA
Feb. 11 Nathan Ponwith, ASU Jada Hart, UCLA
Feb. 17 Alejandro Reguant, ARIZONA Melisa Ates, WSU
Feb. 23 Stefan Dostanic, USC Valentina Ivanov, CALIFORNIA
Mar. 2 Keegan Smith, UCLA  Salma Ewing, USC