Pang, Valenzuela Spur Squads To Impressive Starts
A pair of seniors excelled and helped their teams get off to strong starts to the 2017 season.
Pang Helps Cal Poly Down Boise State, Pepperdine
Cal Poly senior Corey Pang (Redwood City, Calif./Carlmont HS) posted a 4-1 record across singles and doubles to secure Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
His efforts helped the Mustangs pick up impressive wins over Boise State (6-1) and Pepperdine (4-3).Pang cruised past Boise State’s Kyle Butters, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. He moved to No. 2 singles against Pepperdine’s Stefan Menichella, and dominated with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.
In doubles, Pang and partner Ben Donovan – the No. 21-ranked tandem in the country, won 6-3 over Bronco duo Jack Heslin and Brian Tran, and 6-2 against Jack Van Slyke and Menichella of the Waves.
Others nominated: None
Valenzuela Keys Cal State Fullerton's Best Program Start
Senior Alexis Valenzuela (West Covina, Calif./West Covina HS) has spurred Cal State Fullerton to its first 4-0 start in program history due to her stellar play at the top of the singles and doubles lineup.
She posted three singles victories as the Titans defeated UC San Diego, the No. 13-ranked team in Division II, as well as San Diego State (4-0) and San Diego (4-3) on the road.
Valenzuela’s 6-2, 7-5 victory over Gemma Garcia enabled the Titans to beat the Toreros for the first time in 11 matches. She also paired with Camille DeLeon to win a pair of No. 1 doubles matches against UCSD and USD, both by 6-4 scores.
Others nominated: Elisa Elhadj (CSUN); Natalie Munoz (Long Beach State); Nikita Pradeep (UC Davis); Stephanie Nguyen (UC Irvine); Palina Dubavets (UC Santa Barbara)