Bridge, Gerard Earn Tennis Weekly Awards
Cooper Bridge won four times in singles, while Julie Gerard helped her squad extend its winning streak to six straight as this week's Big West Tennis Athlete of the Week recipients.
Bridge Wins Trio Of Three-Setters
UC Riverside senior Cooper Bridge (Seal Beach, Calif./San Joaquin HS) posted four wins in singles to help the Highlanders to a 3-3 mark, earning Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
Bridge won a trio of three-set matches in a busy week of action. He overcame a first-set loss to Bucknell’s Daniel Wright to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 as UCR topped the Bison, 6-1.
He outlasted Gonzaga’s Ruadhan O’Sullivan, 6-4, 1-6, 10-4 in a narrow 4-3 defeat to the Bulldogs. On a road trip to the state of Arizona, Bridge knocked off Arizona Christian’s Alberto Lapiedra, 7-5, 7-5, and outdueled Southern Utah’s Conor Tordoff, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
Bridge also finished 2-4 at No. 2 doubles with three different partners. He is now 10-8 on the year in singles.
Others nominated: Garrett Auproux (Cal Poly); Mason Hansen (UC Irvine)
Gerard Goes Undefeated In Singles, Doubles
Long Beach State senior Julie Gerard (Hem, France) went undefeated in singles and doubles to capture Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.
Gerard helped push the Beach’s win streak to six straight as the team toppled UT Arlington (4-3) and Yale (6-1) at home.
She battled UT Arlington’s Agustina Serio and emerged a 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner at No. 2 singles. She had an easier time with Yale’s Amy Yang, winning 6-1, 6-4. With doubles partner Maeva Razakasoa, Gerard won twice, including a 6-0 rout of Yale at the No. 1 slot.
Others nominated: Karla Portalatin (Cal State Fullerton); Mickey Hsu (CSUN); Cassidy Branstine (UC Irvine); Melissa Baker (UC Santa Barbara)