Eshmade, Razakasoa Secure Weekly Tennis Honors
The top singles players for the UC Santa Barbara men and Long Beach State women captured the weekly tennis awards.
Eshmade Topples Ranked Opponent
UC Santa Barbara senior Nathan Eshmade helped his squad improve to 2-0 in conference action with solid overall play, garnering Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.
Eshmade went undefeated over the weekend as the Gauchos knocked off Hawai‘i (7-0) and UC Irvine (6-1). At No. 1 singles, he defeated UH’s Felix Albert, 7-5, 6-3 to begin the week.
He then knocked off a ranked opponent in UCI’s No. 78 Sebastian Heim in a back-and-forth affair that resulted in Eshmade prevailing, 6-2, 3-6, 17-15. As the No. 34-ranked duo in the nation, Eshmade and partner Miles Seemann enjoyed a 6-2 win over UCI’s Jonathan Poon and Justin Agbayani at No. 1 doubles.
Others nominated: Corey Pang (Cal Poly)
Dramatic Comeback Gives Razakasoa Weekly Honor
Helping move Long Beach State to 6-0 in conference play, Long Beach State junior Maeva Razakasoa earned her second Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award with a perfect 4-0 performance in singles and doubles.
Razakasoa won her fifth and sixth consecutive singles matches to better her overall dual record to 13-3 on the year. She toppled Cal Poly’s Zoe Oedekerk, 7-5, 6-3 as the Beach swept the Mustangs.
In a road showdown against No. 65 UC Santa Barbara, Razakasoa captured the clinching point against Lou Adler. Down 5-2 in the decisive third set, Razakasoa rallied to take the final five games to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and give LBSU a dramatic 4-3 victory. She also teamed with Julie Gerard to dominate both doubles matches.
Others nominated: Alexis Valenzuela (Cal State Fullerton); Vivien Dvali (UC Irvine); Stefani Stojic (UC Santa Barbara)