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Women's Tennis Quartet Earns Pac-12 Honors

May 20, 2021
Abbey Forbes (left) and Jada Hart (Photo: Derrick Tuskan)

SAN FRANCISCO – The UCLA women's tennis team was well represented in the Pac-12 individual year-end awards and All-Conference selections, it was announced Thursday.

Abbey Forbes was named the Singles Player of the Year. Forbes and Jada Hart were recognized as the Doubles Team of the Year. Forbes earned First-Team All-Conference recognition and Hart was named to the Second Team, while Annette Goulak and Vivian Wolff made the Honorable Mention list.

Forbes has been slotted outside the top 10 in just one installment of the Oracle ITA singles rankings this season. Currently No. 7, she holds a 21-2 record, including a 20-2 mark on the top court. Forbes is 15-2 against nationally-ranked opponents and 5-0 versus top-20 foes. All five of those latter matches were finished in straight sets, as were 13 other Forbes wins. A Bruin has now claimed eight Singles Player of the Year awards on the women's side. Ena Shibahara had earned the honor most recently, in 2017.

The combination of Forbes and Hart, which did not play its first match until Feb. 13, went 11-2 out of the No. 1 spot. The pair clinched four doubles points. Forbes and Hart surrendered more than two games in just four of their 11 victories. Forbes/Hart is the sixth UCLA tandem to collect the award. Hart has now won the award twice, as she was celebrated alongside Terri Fleming. Hart is UCLA's second two-time winner, joining Riza Zalameda (2005 with Daniela Bercek, 2008 with Tracy Lin).

Forbes' All-Conference selection marks nine completed seasons in a row that a Bruin has made the First Team. Pac-12 year-end and All-Conference honors were not distributed in 2020.

Hart picked up her third Second-Team selection. She was named to the First Team in 2019. In addition to her doubles success, Hart put up an 11-3 singles record playing predominantly on Court 2. She is 4-2 versus nationally-ranked counterparts, including a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 21 Jessica Failla of Pepperdine. Hart also sealed a 4-3 team win at Arizona State with a three-set triumph over Sammi Hampton. UCLA would go on to claim its first outright Pac-12 regular-season championship with a 10-0 record.

The team of Goulak and Wolff was a constant on the second doubles court, going 18-3. They saved their finest win for the postseason, dispatching of No. 16 Gia Cohen and Ava Hrastar of Georgia Tech, 6-1, in the NCAA Championships round of 16. They clinched eight doubles points. Individually, Goulak also registered an 18-3 singles record. She won 14 of her last 15 decisions. She spent most of her time on Court 6 (10-2), but was also a combined 8-1 on Courts 4 (2-0) and 5 (6-1). Wolff was 10-5 on Court 4 and 11-7 overall. She was victorious in six of her last eight decisions and posted a team-high five clinching wins.