Feb. 1, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara freshman tennis player Carsten Thorstensen was chosen this year's initial Big West Player of the Week after recording singles victories over opponents from 20th-ranked USC and 63rd-ranked BYU.
On Monday, Jan. 23, Thorstensen defeated BYU's Dominick Kaufhold at No. 3 singles, 7-6, 7-3. The next day, playing at No. 4, he outlasted USC's Garrett Snyder, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Thorstensen, a first-year player from Drobak, Norway, has helped UCSB to a 4-1 record and into the national rankings for the first time this season. The Gauchos are ranked 69th and will travel to play Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday.