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Ortlip, Yamada Earn Weekly Tennis Honors


A pair of juniors from Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara posted combined 4-0 singles and doubles records to earn the initial Athlete of the Week awards for the 2018 season.

Ortlip Helps Cal Poly Notch 2-0 Record

Making his debut at No. 1 singles and doubles for Cal Poly, junior Josh Ortlip (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge Tennis Academy) posted a combined 4-0 record to garner Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.

Ortlip helped Cal Poly begin the year solidly with wins over Pacific (5-2) and Sacramento State (7-0).

He took three sets to topple Pacific’s Akram El Sallaly by a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 score.  Ortlip then cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sacramento State’s Mikas Losbergs.

In doubles, Ortlip teamed with Axel Damiens to win easily both times, upending Tiger duo Ross Watson and Chris Cajigan, 6-2, before taking care of Hornet tandem Hermont Legaspi and Bernardo Moreas, 6-1.

Others nominated: Ivan Thamma (UC Davis); Nabil Abdallah (UC Riverside); Felix Albert (Hawai‘i)

Yamada Helps UC Santa Barbara Defeat USC

UC Santa Barbara junior Stephanie Yamada (Sydney, Australia/Methodist Ladies College, Burwood) won two singles and two doubles matches against opponents from UCLA and USC, capturing Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.

Yamada toppled UCLA’s Kristin Wiley at No. 6 singles, winning by a 6-3, 6-4 score in a close 4-2 loss to the No. 17-ranked Bruins.  She also outlasted USC’s Constance Branstine in a three-setter, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.  That helped the Gauchos record a 6-1 win over the Trojans, marking the program’s first win over USC since 1994.

Yamada also partnered with Amanda Atanasson at No. 3 doubles to win against their Bruin and Trojan counterparts, including a 6-3 triumph over Madison Westby and Branstine of USC.

Others nominated: Georgia Gulin (Long Beach State); Lani-Rae Green (UC Davis); Michelle Pits (Hawai‘i)