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Lopez, Lev Ari Earn Tennis Weekly Honors


The two winners of Tennis Athlete of the Week honors posted a combined 7-0 singles and doubles record.

Lopez Goes 3-0 in Singles and Doubles

UC Irvine junior Luis Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif./Utah State) earned Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades after winning all three of his matches against San Francisco and Pacific.

Lopez won both of his No. 1 singles contests, taking a straight set victory against San Francisco’s Mert Zincirli, 6-4, 7-5 to help the Anteaters to a 4-3 team win.

He picked up one of UCI’s two points against Pacific, posting a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 victory against Tadiwa Chinamo.  Lopez also won a match at No. 2 doubles with partner Daniel Gealner, taking a 6-3 decision over Paul Giraud and Oliver Poysti of San Francisco.

Others nominated: Dominic Bechard (Cal Poly); Nabil Abdallah (UC Riverside); Joseph Guillin (UC Santa Barbara)

Lev Ari Helps Gauchos to Pair of Conference Victories

UC Santa Barbara sophomore Amit Lev Ari (Nes Ziona, Israel/Ben Gurion HS) played a key role in two conference victories to secure Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.

Lev Ari posted a 4-0 overall record in singles and doubles as the Gauchos swept UC Davis and UC Riverside by identical 4-0 scores.

She defeated Sara Tsukamoto of UC Davis, 6-1, 6-2, and knocked off UC Riverside’s Lauren Wolfe by the similar score of 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles at the No. 2 position, Lev Ari along with partner Stephanie Yamada won their matches with ease.  They dispatched Nikita Pradeep and Tsukamoto of UC Davis, 6-2, and downed Tamila Vaksman and Wolfe, 6-0.

UCSB is now tied for the Big West lead with a 2-0 mark.

Others nominated: Grace Olyphant (Cal Poly); Genevieve Zeidan (Cal State Fullerton); Shirley Hall (UC Davis); Petra Melounova (Hawai‘i)