Richard Gallien Named Pac-10 Women's Coach Of The Year; Amanda Fink Is Freshman Of The Year|
May 8, 2006
The USC women's and men's tennis teams are well represented on the Pac-10 awards list this season, with women's head coach Richard Gallien earning his second career honor as Pac-10 Coach of the Year and newcomer Amanda Fink named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year on the women's side of the game. All told, the Women of Troy placed four players on All-Pac-10 teams, and two Trojan men received Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Receiving All-Pac-10 honors on the women's side were First Team selections Fink and sophomore Lindsey Nelson. Senior Luana Magnani was named to the Second Team, and junior Dianne Matias received Honorable Mention. For the men, sophomore Dejan Cvetkovic and Kaes Van't Hof both received Honorable Mention for their 2006 performances with the Trojans.
Under Coach of the Year Gallien's direction Fink, Nelson, Magnani and Matias have helped in guiding the Women of Troy through a 17-3 regular season and a 7-1 mark in Pac-10 competition to take second in the conference. USC has earned its 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Championships, and will host first- and second-round action May 12-13. With Gallien at the helm for his 11th season, USC maneuvered through the 2006 season virtually uncontested, falling only to defending Pac-10 and national champion Stanford and to a powerful Baylor squad. Gallien also was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1999. Since then, USC has finished no lower than 11th. USC is currently ranked in a tie for No. 2 with Notre Dame and has the No. 3 seed into the NCAA Team Championships.
2006 Freshman of the Year Fink currently sits at No. 7 in the national rankings and has earned the No. 6 seed into the upcoming NCAA Singles Championships. Playing primarily at the No. 2 singles slot for the Women of Troy, Fink brings a 37-9 singles record into this week's NCAA Team Championships. At the Pac-10 Championships, the freshman powered her way into the title match, where she fell to champion and Pac-10 Player of the Year Zsuzsanna Fodor of Cal.
Despite a tough season in which the USC men suffered nine losses by 4-3 decisions, sophomores Cvetkovic and Van't Hof proved a sturdy force for the Trojans. Cvetkovic played primarily in the tough No. 1 singles slot, and Van't Hof spent the majority of his time holding down the No. 3 position during dual match competition. Van't Hof finished the 2006 season as USC's winningest singles player with 21 singles victories.
In her second season at USC, No. 1 singles player Nelson did another stellar job in leading the Women of Troy through a successful dual match season. She reached the Pac-10 Singles Semifinals to round out her regular season with a 19-7 record, and she posted an 11-5 record from her No. 1 position in dual match play. With Fink at the No. 2 slot, USC had a potent one-two punch for dual match competition. And with second-team selection Magnani and honorable mention Matias sharing time at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, the Women of Troy have a powerful depth charge for their postseason run. Magnani went 9-0 at No. 4 singles to go 14-4 in dual matches and 24-8 overall. Matias posted a 7-1 record in the Pac-10 and has gone 15-5 in dual matches and 28-9 overall so far for the Women of Troy.
2006 Pac-10 Awards
Women's Coach of the Year
Women's Player of the Year
Women's Doubles Team of the Year
Women's Freshman of the Year
Men's Coach of the Year
Men's Player of the Year
Men's Doubles Team of the Year
Men's Newcomer of the Year