Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria are the 2012 Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year.
May 11, 2012
Freshly and convincingly crowned as the Pac-12 Doubles Champions just weeks ago, the young Trojan tandem of sophomore Kaitlyn Christian and freshman Sabrina Santamaria now top this year's list of USC honorees on the Pac-12 awards chart. Christian/Santamaria have become the second-ever USC team to be named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year, leading a group of four Women of Troy with all-conference honors for 2012.
In addition to Christian/ Santamaria's high honors as the Doubles Team of the Year, both Trojans have found places on the all-conference team lists. Leading them all, however, is USC freshman Zoe Scandalis, who has become the first Trojan freshman since 2007 to be named to the All-Pac-12 First Team.
Freshman Sabrina Santamaria collects a spot on the All-Pac-12 Second Team to go along with her high honors in the doubles realm, joined by junior Danielle Lao on the 2012 All-Pac-12 Second Team. For Lao, this year's pick is the third straight conference accolade for the junior, who was an Honorable Mention recipient as a freshman and named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team last year in her sophomore season.
Kaitlyn Christian, meanwhile, has tallied All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in her sophomore campaign to accompany her Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year honors. These are the first conference honors for Christian, who has already locked in on her second straight set of ITA All-American honors in doubles as the No. 4 seeded team with Santamaria in the coming NCAA Doubles Championships.
But first, the Trojan foursome and their talented teammates have more team business to take care off as they look to make a resurgence on the NCAA Championship scene. The No. 5 seed in this year's NCAA Team Tournament, USC squares off with Vanderbilt tomorrow (May 12) at 3 p.m. at Marks Stadium for action in the NCAA Second Round.
2012 ALL-PAC-12 TEAMS
Nicole Gibbs, So., STAN*
Robin Anderson, Fr., UCLA*
Mallory Burdette, Jr., STAN
Jana Juricova, Sr., CAL
, Fr., USC
Zsofia Susanyi, Fr., CAL
Jacqueline Cako, So., ASU
Sabrina Santamaria, Fr., USC
Denise Dy, Sr., WASH
Danielle Lao, Jr., USC
Anett Schutting, So., CAL
Liudmila Vasilieva, WSU^
Stacey Tan, Jr., STAN^
^Tied for final slot
Lacey Smyth, So., ARIZ
Anastasia Putilina, Sr., UTAH
Annie Goransson, Jr., CAL
Kaitlyn Christian, So., USC
PAC-12 SINGLES PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Nicole Gibbs (Stanford)
Gibbs finished her sophomore season 17-2 in dual match singles contests as Stanford's top singles player, and also went 16-1 as half of the Cardinal's No. 1 doubles pair with junior Mallory Burdette. Gibbs' sole conference singles loss was to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Robin Anderson. The Santa Monica, Calif., native flew through the competition at the Pac-12 Championships in April to claim the Pac-12 singles title, and fell in the doubles finals to Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC. Gibbs is ranked third in the country per the ITA's most recent rankings.
PAC-12 DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR - Kaitlyn Christian / Sabrina Santamaria (USC)
Christian and Santamaria won the doubles crown at the Pac-12 Championships, defeating the country's No. 2 duo of Stanford's Gibbs and Burdette in straight sets to bring USC its third Conference doubles title in the last five years. The sophomore-freshman pairing played all but one match as USC's top doubles team, finishing 10-8 in overall dual match competition and 5-3 in conference matches. Christian and Santamaria currently are ranked third in nation and stand as the 2011 ITA National Indoor Doubles Champions from the fall.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Robin Anderson (UCLA)
Anderson went 18-2 in dual match singles play in her first collegiate season, playing all but two of her matches at the top spot for the No. 1 Bruins. The Matawan, N.J. native lost just one singles match in Pac-12 competition, falling to USC freshman Zoe Scandalis in the final dual match of the regular season. Anderson debuted in the ITA singles rankings at No. 8 in January and climbed as high as No. 3 this season after defeating reigning NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova of Cal and then-third-ranked Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in one weekend. She is currently ranked fourth in the country.
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR - Lisa Hart (WSU)
Hart engineered an impressive turnaround from last season to this season, taking a team that won just one conference dual match in the spring of 2011 to a current No. 31 ranking, finishing 18-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play to end up fifth in the Pac-12 standings and earn a bid to the NCAA championships. The ninth-year WSU coach led the Cougars to a 7-0 start this spring and finished the dual match season on a 9-2 run leading into the Pac-12 Championships. Hart's Cougars went from outside the top 75 in the ITA rankings to as high as No. 31 in the final month of the season.