Nationally Ranked Players Earn Tennis Weekly Honors
One of the nation's top men's singles players and most dominant women's doubles players claimed this week's tennis honors.
Heim Continues to Roll for Anteaters
Earning his second Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award this season, UC Irvine sophomore Sebastian Heim (Speyer, Germany) continued his dominance in singles and doubles despite a close non-conference loss to New Mexico.
Although the Anteaters fell 4-3, Heim moved to 6-0 in singles as he swept Lobo counterpart Hayden Sabatka, 6-3, 6-4. Heim also partnered with Nico Mertens at No. 2 doubles to crush the UNM pairing of Jorge Escutia and Ricky Hernandez-Tong.
Heim improved to 5-1 in doubles dual matches with the win. He is ranked No. 67 nationally in singles.
Others nominated: Adam Levie (UC Davis); Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UC Santa Barbara)
Dubavets Helps Thibodeau Reach Career Milestone
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Palina Dubavets (Minsk, Belarus) led her team to a pair of victories with stellar singles and doubles play, capturing her first career Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor
Dubavets swept both singles matches, knocking off Washington State’s Maria Biryujkova, 6-2, 6-4, and UC Davis’s Lani-Rae Green, 6-3, 6-0. The victory over Green helped the Gauchos to a 4-0 Big West triumph over UC Davis and gave head coach Simon Thibodeau his 200th NCAA career win.
In doubles, the nation’s 10th-ranked tandem of Dubavets and Stefani Stojic continued to roll, losing just a combined four games in three wins and improving to 6-0 as a duo. They blanked both pairings from Washington State and UC Davis by 6-0 scores. They are the second-highest ranked doubles team in UCSB history.
Others nominated: Mari Taslagyan (CSUN); Hayley Thompson (Long Beach State); Marina Hruba (Hawai‘i)