Gauchos Sweep Weekly Tennis Accolades
NICOLAS MORENO DE ALBORAN, UC SANTA BARBARA •
MEN'S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior • New York, N.Y. • Ibstock Place School
UC Santa Barbara senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran captured his fourth career Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award after collecting a singles and doubles victory over nationally ranked competition.
• Moreno de Alboran toppled No. 118 Zdenek Derkas of Fresno State by a score of 6-3, 6-0 and his win helped the Gauchos to a 4-1 road victory.
• He also won both of his doubles matches with partner Anders Holm at the No. 1 position. The most impressive win was against No. 19-ranked August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov of San Diego, 6-1. It was their first win over a ranked opponent this season.
• They also defeated Fresno State’s Angus Bradshaw and Mantas Bugailiskis in doubles, 6-3.
• The No. 9 ranked singles player in the country, Moreno de Alboran’s only setback of the week came in a three-set loss to USD’s Gui Osorio, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Moreno de Alboran is 2-2 in singles and 3-2 in doubles this season.
Others nominated: Antoine Noel (Cal Poly); Vatsal Bajpai (UC Irvine); Blaz Seric (Hawai‘i)
STEPHANIE YAMADA, UC SANTA BARBARA •
WOMEN'S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sr. • Sydney, Australia • Methodist Ladies College
UC Santa Barbara senior Stephanie Yamada secured her second Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award as she helped her squad win a pair of non-conference matches.
• Yamada finished 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles as the Gauchos upended Nevada (5-2) and Saint Mary’s (4-3).
• She won both of her singles contests at No. 5. Her victory against Nevada’s Selina Turulja by a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8) score was key in giving the Wolf Pack their first loss of the season.
• Yamada rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Saint Mary’s Aubane Ville.
• Yamada and teammate Elizaveta Volodko breezed to a 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles against the Gael duo of Hind Abdelouhid and Chloe Goyette.
• The Gauchos have now won three straight contests as a team.
Others nominated: Wiktoria Rutkowska (Long Beach State); Sara Tsukamoto (UC Davis); Lindsey Gelinas (UC Riverside)