IRVINE, Calif. – Nannan (Dallas) Zhang earned her third consecutive PacWest Player of the Year award as the 2016 All-PacWest Women’s Tennis Team was announced Thursday, following a vote by the league’s coaches.
Zhang was named PacWest Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season. The No. 1 ranked singles player in the region and nation went 16-0 at the first position. She posted four wins over nationally-ranked opponents and has a 32-match unbeaten streak dating back to March 2015. She won her third-consecutive PacWest Championship Most Outstanding Player honor, leading the top-ranked Seasiders to their 10th-consecutive team title.
Xin (Summer) Wen was named PacWest Newcomer of the Year. She was 14-0 in singles play, playing primarily at No. 3 (9-0). Wen and Zhang formed BYU-Hawaii’s top doubles tandem, posting a 16-0 record. The duo went from unranked to No. 1 in the nation in the latest ITA rankings. They beat three nationally-ranked teams, including an 8-4 victory over No. 4 Hawai’i Pacific in the finals of the PacWest Championship.
BYU-Hawaii led the way with eight selections to the All-PacWest teams. Min (Karen) Liu joined Zhang and Wen as a first team singles player while Shu-Ying (Suzie) Hsieh was a second team selection. The doubles teams of Zhang and Wen along with Liu and Hsieh were all selected as First Team All-PacWest.
Jensyn Warren (Sonoma State) was named PacWest Freshman of the Year. She went 16-4 in singles, including an 11-4 mark at No. 1. She opened the spring season with nine-consecutive victories. She defeated 18th-ranked Natalie Johnson in three sets to clinch Sonoma’s upset win over Azusa Pacific in the quarterfinals of the PacWest Championship. She then beat Nozomi Matsuoka in straight-sets to seal the Seawolves win over Cal State L.A. in the third-place match.
Joaquin Lopez (Sonoma State) was named PacWest Coach of the Year. Lopez guided the Seawolves to a 14-6 record in the regular season, a No. 24 national ranking and the sixth seed in the PacWest Championship. Sonoma State beat Holy Names and Azusa Pacific to reach the tournament semifinals, and beat Cal State L.A. to win third place. The performance moved the Seawolves up to 19th in the latest ITA rankings.
The PacWest tennis awards and teams are based on a combination of coach voting and ITA rankings. The individual player and coach awards are nominated and selected by the PacWest coaches. The All-PacWest teams are based on the ITA West Region rankings released prior to the NCAA Championship (April 20).
See full list of selections.