May 1, 2006
Junior Elad Stern was named the Golden1/ucsbgauchos.com Student-Athlete of the Week Monday after a clutch performance in the semifinals and finals of the Big West Championships over the weekend.
In the Gauchos semifinal match against Cal Poly, Stern teamed with Bijan Hejazi to claim the No. 3 doubles point, then won at No. 4 singles to help the Gauchos to a 4-2 team victory over the Mustangs.
In the finals against Pacific, Stern, who has been battled by injury throughout the year, went up against Tim Koniarski at No. 4 singles. After losing the first set 6-0, Stern began to cramp up in the 100 degree Indian Wells weather. Remarkably, the Haifa, Israel native came back to win the second set 7-5 and the third 6-2 to give the Gauchos a crucial singles point in their 4-3 win over Pacific.