UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii Represented In Athlete of the Week
UC Santa Barbara junior Anders Holm downed a nationally ranked foe in singles, and sophomore Petra Melounova won all three of her matches in a successful 2-0 roadtrip for Hawai‘i.
Holm Upends Nation's No. 74 Player
UC Santa Barbara junior Anders Holm (Aarhus, Denmark/Marselisborg Gymnasium) defeated a nationally ranked opponent in singles to garner his first career Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award.
Holm outlasted San Diego’s Joel Gamerov, ranked No. 74 in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, by set scores of 6-2, 7-6 (5). It was the first loss of the season for Gamerov.
Holm improved to 3-2 on the year in singles and nearly helped the Gauchos to a big win over the Toreros, as his squad fell by a 4-3 margin. Holm’s victory helped UCSB rally back from a 3-0 deficit.
Others nominated: Mitchell Iwahiro (UC Davis); Luis Lopez (UC Irvine)
Melounova Wins Third Career Award
Hawai‘i sophomore Petra Melounova (Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Havlickuv Brod) earned her third career Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor after helping her team to a 2-0 roadtrip.
Melounova won both of her singles matches at No. 1 and her No. 2 doubles clash with partner Roxanne Resma to complete a solid week, which included victories at San Diego (4-2) and at Big West rival Long Beach State (5-2).
She led San Diego’s Nicole Anderson 6-2 and 1-0 in the second set when her opponent retired. Against the Beach, Melounova dispatched Lena Pacholski by scores of 7-5, 6-2 to put the ‘Bows up 2-0 in the match. UH got out to the 1-0 lead by securing the doubles point, helped along by Melounova and Resma winning 6-2 over Lalita Devarakonda and Sadaf Sadeghvaziri. The UH duo had a match against San Diego go unfinished with the score tied 6-6.
Others nominated: Genevieve Zeidan (Cal State Fullerton); Monika Van de Vondel (CSUN); Natalia Munoz (Long Beach State); Kristy Jorgensen (UC Davis); Stephanie Nguyen (UC Irvine)