Pac-12 Announces Tennis Players of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO - The Conference office announced today that Nick Crystal of USC was named Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week and Maegan Manasse of CALIFORNIA was voted Women's Tennis Player of the Week for action during the week of Jan. 18-24.

Crystal (Waccabuc, N.Y.) gave USC its first lead of the match with his comeback push from court two in the Trojans’ ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship victory over Tulane. Crystal shook off a shutout in the first set to give his team a lift to a 3-2 advantage in an eventual 4-3 comeback win for the Trojans. The previous day, Crystal played on court one and served up an upset of UC Davis’ #38-ranked Alec Adamson with a quick and decisive 6-1, 6-0 decision in USC’s sweep of the Aggies. It is Crystal's second-career weekly accolade and the 45th all-time for USC, tops in the Conference.

Manasse (Redondo Beach, Calif.) helped clinch California's qualification to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship by winning both her singles matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Her second singles victory sealed No. 6 California's victory over No. 52 Washington and the qualification to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Manasse, ranked fifth, beat UW’s Nour Abbes, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles in the event. Earlier she beat Mickey Hsu, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles in Cal’s 4-0 victory over Cal State Northridge. She also paired with Denise Starr to beat CSUN’s Hsu and Kristen Poei in doubles, 6-1, though the third-ranked Golden Bear duo later lost to UW’s Tami Grende and Miki Kobayashi, 6-3. It is her third-career weekly honor and the 31st all-time for the Golden Bears.

ALSO NOMINATED
Men: Naoki Takeda, ARIZ; Simon Stevens, ORE; Nolan Paige, STAN; Gage Brymer, UCLA; Santiago Sierra, UTAH; Gal Hakak, WASH.
Women:  Lauren Marker, ARIZ; Sammi Hampton, ASU; Tina Bokhua, COLO; Kennan Johnson, ORE; Meredith Xepoleas, USC; Maria Biryukova, WSU.

2016 PAC-12 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Men Women
Jan. 18 Mitch Stewart, WASH Desirae Krawczyk, ASU
Jan. 25 Nick Crystal, USC Maegan Manasse, CAL
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