UC Riverside Sweeps Tennis Honors For First Time In School History
UC Riverside swept men's and women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the first time since the Big West began offering the award in 2002.
Abdallah Posts 4-0 Record In Singles, Doubles
UC Riverside sophomore Nabil Abdallah (Hamburg, Germany/Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo) secured his first career Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award after posting a perfect 4-0 record in singles and doubles against Westmont and UC San Diego.
Abdallah helped the Highlanders to a 7-0 victory over Westmont – No. 13 ranked in NAIA – earning a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles over Miles Hale. He and partner Anderson Ju also notched a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles.
Success continued in a narrow 4-3 loss to No. 15 (D-II) UC San Diego, as Abdallah picked up a 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1) win over Eskil Jarlskog. In doubles, Ju and Abdallah eked out a close 7-6 (5) win over the Triton tandem at No. 3.
Others nominated: Jonathan Star (UC Davis)
Khattab Earns Win Over Conference Opponent
Sophomore Sara Khattab (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula HS) earned the first Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor for UC Riverside in nearly six years, excelling near the top of the lineup in singles and doubles.
Khattab is the first Highlander since Kat Saltarelli on Mar. 21, 2012 to garner weekly honors. She won two of her three singles matches and went 3-0 in doubles.
Her most impressive victory came in the Big West opener against Long Beach State. She won the lone singles match for UCR with her 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) against Lalita Devarakonda at No. 3. In addition, she helped UCR claim the doubles point, winning 6-4 at No. 2 with partner Tia Elpusan. Khattab also won her match at No. 2 singles against Jessica Cornea, 6-1, 6-2, in UCR’s 7-0 rout of Hope International.
Others nominated: Sarah Nuno (Cal State Fullerton); Lena Pacholski (Long Beach State); Sara Tsukamoto (UC Davis); Stephanie Nguyen (UC Irvine); Natalie Da Silveira (UC Santa Barbara)