Sophomore tennis star Sabrina Santamaria has accomplished quite a bit during her young, wildly successful career, and this week saw yet another achievement added to an already impressive list. Santamaria was named the Pac-12’s player of the week on Tuesday for the third time this season after impressive performances last weekend against the Arizona schools.
Against the Sun Devils, the Women of Troy pulled off a 7-0 sweep to hand ASU its first conference loss of the season, moving USC into sole possession of first place. In that match, the No. 2-ranked Santamaria defeated ASU’s No. 23 Jacqueline Cako 6-3, 6-3. Santamaria also was strong in doubles, pairing with senior Danielle Lao for the first time this season against ASU. The duo was ahead 6-5 when the match was suspended after USC had secured the doubles point.
Against Arizona, Santamaria knocked off another ranked opponent in Arizona’s No. 64-ranked Lacey Smyth. Santamaria was pushed in the second set but won by a score of 6-3, 7-6 to clinch the win for USC. In doubles, Santamaria teamed with Lao again, and this time the pair cruised to an 8-1 victory over Arizona’s Smyth and Shayne Austin.
On the year, Santamaria is a stellar 28-3 overall in singles matches and a perfect 15-0 in dual matches. She is also a flawless 26-0 in doubles matches, teaming with Lao and her primary partner, junior Kaitlyn Christian. The duo of Santamaria and Christian is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and has won back-to-back ITA national indoor doubles championships.
Santamaria capped of an impressive freshman campaign by hauling in a plethora of impressive awards, including a spot on the ITA All-American singles and doubles teams. She and Christian also won the Pac-12 Doubles Championship and were named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. This season has seen an extension of that success, as her individual ranking is at a career high, and she has teamed with Christian to win both the ITA national indoors championship as well as the ITA/Riviera All-American doubles championship.
Santamaria is the sixth different USC player to win the Pac-12’s weekly honor this season. The Women of Troy will continue their quest for a conference championship this weekend when they take on Oregon on Sunday, April 14 in Eugene, Ore.