April 14, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sophomore Michelle Murphy has been named UCSBgauchos.com Athlete of the Week after leading UC Santa Barbara to wins in its final two regular season tennis matches last week. Murphy was perfect for the week.
A transfer from Michigan State, the Irvine, Calif., native swept past Ekaterina Kamendova at No. 1 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 count as the Gauchos pounded Washington State of the Pac Ten, 5-2, on April 9. In addition, she teamed with Sofia Novak at No. 1 doubles to defeat the Cougars' Kamendova and Aleksandra Cekic, 8-4.
On April 10, Murphy led UCSB to a 6-0 rout of Eastern Washington. She recorded a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over the Eagles' Rachel Berger, and once again teaming with Novak, Murphy topped Amanda Mankovits and Marie Demerath at No. 1 doubles, 8-1.
The victory over Eastern Washington improved the Gauchos' record to 15-5 overall, assuring them of their best record since 1998-99 when they went 20-7. Sixth-seeded UCSB will play third-seeded Cal Poly on Friday, April 17 at the Big West Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.