Pac-12 announces 2021 women's tennis All-Conference honors
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today the Pac-12 Women’s Tennis postseason honors and All-Conference teams for the 2021 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. UCLA’s Abbey Forbes was voted Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year, while OREGON’s Janice Tjen was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and UCLA’s Abbey Forbes and Jada Hart earned Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. CALIFORNIA head coach Amanda Augustus earned her second-career Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after leading the Golden Bears to their first-ever Pac-12 Tournament title in women’s tennis.
PAC-12 SINGLES PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Abbey Forbes, So., UCLA (Raleigh, N.C.)
The No. 7 nationally ranked singles player in the nation, Forbes helped lead UCLA to an undefeated Pac-12 regular season and the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA’s top singles player, she compiled a 21-2 record this season, with 15 of those wins coming against ranked opponents. A 2020 ITA All-American, Forbes has been ranked in the top 11 for the entirety of the 2021 season. She was recognized by the Conference as the Pac-12 Player of the Week on four occasions. Forbes earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament singles bracket (No. 7) for the first time as one of 13 automatic qualifiers. The NCAA selection criteria was applied to Pac-12 players slotted in the top 125 of the ITA singles rankings and the sophomore was named the conference's representative. The sociology major is the eighth Bruin to be honored with the Singles Player of the Year award.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Janice Tjen, Fr., OREGON (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Oregon’s No. 17-ranked freshman Janice Tjen filled the top singles spot for most of the Ducks' regular season, compiling an 18-2 record in singles play, with a 6-2 record against ranked opponents and 8-1 mark in Conference matches. She ended the season on a six-match winning streak, five of those wins coming against ranked opponents. Partnered with Lillian Mould, Tjen compiled a 13-2 record in doubles. She helped Oregon reach the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, which the Ducks entered as the No. 6 seed. The freshman became Oregon’s first player since 2018 to be tabbed Pac-12 Player of the Week after helping the Ducks to their first-ever win over Stanford. She is the second freshman in Oregon’s program history to have earned one of 64 spots in the NCAA Championship singles competition, and the second Duck to be selected since 2007. She is the first Duck to receive Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honors.
PAC-12 DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR: Abbey Forbes, So., (Raleigh, N.C.) and Jada Hart, Gr., (Colton, Calif.), UCLA
Forbes and Hart are the sixth UCLA duo to win the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. The pair began 2021 as the nation's top-ranked tandem according to ITA and went on to record an 11-2 record including 6-1 in league play. The pair led the Bruins to the 2021 Pac-12 regular-season championship and the top seed for the Pac-12 Tournament. Both Forbes (singles) and Hart (doubles) earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship singles and doubles. Forbes is a sociology major while Hart is a graduate student in UCLA’s Transformative Coaching and Leadership Academy.
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR: Amanda Augustus, CALIFORNIA
In her 14th year at the helm of the California Women’s Tennis program, Augustus was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to a historic season. After finishing the regular season with an overall record of 14-6 and a Pac-12 record of 7-3, Augustus led the Golden Bears to capture their first Pac-12 Tournament championship title in San Diego with a 4-2 win over the top-seeded UCLA Bruins. The third-seeded Golden Bears, who took home the 2014 Conference regular-season title prior to the inception of the Pac-12 Tournament, improved their record to 17-6 and also earned the Pac-12's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 16 seed. No. 13 nationally ranked California defeated No. 26 Kentucky, 4-2, in the NCAA second round this past Saturday to advance to the round of 16 in Orlando, Florida, where the Golden Bears fell to top-seeded and undefeated North Carolina. Augustus has produced a 250-83 record (.751 winning percentage) in 14 seasons at the helm of her alma mater. This is her second time receiving Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after receiving the award in 2014.
2021 PAC-12 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
|Abbey Forbes||UCLA||So.||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Janice Tjen||Oregon||Fr.||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Haley Giavara||California||So.||San Diego, Calif.|
|Michaela Gordon||Stanford||Sr.||Saratoga, Calif.|
|Vanessa Wong||Washington||Sr.||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Salma Ewing||USC||Jr.||Lakewood, Calif.|
|Jada Hart||UCLA||Gr.||Colton, Calif.|
|Michaela Bayerlova||Washington State||Sr.||Krumbach, Germany|
|Ilze Hattingh||Arizona State||Sr.||Pretoria, South Africa|
|Eryn Cayetano||USC||So.||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Jelena Lukic||Arizona||Sr.||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Julia Rosenqvist||California||Sr.||Onsala, Sweden|
HONORABLE MENTION: Kayla Wilkins, ARIZ; Anna Bright, CAL; Jada Bui, CAL; Hannah Viller Moeller, CAL; Valentina Ivanov, CAL; Maria Campos, COLO; Megan Forster, COLO; Uxia Martinez Moral, ORE; Rifanty Kahfiani, ORE; Angelica Blake, STAN; Emma Higuchi, STAN; Vivian Wolff, UCLA; Annette Goulak, UCLA; Naomi Cheong, USC; Danielle Willson, USC; Anastasia Goncharova, UTAH; Sarah-Maude Fortin, WASH; Sedona Gallagher, WASH.