Bercek/Zalameda Named Pac-10's Best Duo

May 6, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Daniela Bercek and freshman Riza Zalameda were named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year Friday following a vote of conference coaches. Bercek was also named to the first team, while Zalameda was a second-team selection.

Bercek, from Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, has been the Bruins' top player all season, owning a 16-9 overall singes record, including an 11-5 mark at the No. 1 position. She ended the regular season by defeating three top-10 players in her final four matches. She and Zalameda are ranked fourth nationally in doubles, posting a 28-5 overall record together. Bercek was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season and was a second-team selection.

Zalameda, from Los Angeles, has enjoyed a tremendous first season at the collegiate level, leading the team in singles victories with 25. She is 14-6 in dual matches, seeing most of her time at the No. 2 spot. She is currently ranked No. 26 nationally in singles play.

Women's First Team
Suzi Babos, CAL
Alice Barnes, STAN
Daniela Bercek, UCLA
Nicole Leimbach, USC
Amber Liu, STAN
Lindsey Nelson, USC

Women's Second Team
Erin Burdette, STAN
Dianne Hollands, ARIZ
Theresa Logar, STAN
Daria Panova, ORE
Dea Sumantri, WASH
Riza Zalameda, UCLA

Honorable Mention
Anca Anastasiu, USC
Ekaterina Burduli, WSU
Sabrina Capannolo, ASU
Dinka Hadzic, WASH
Stephanie Kusano, CAL
Maja Mlakar, ARIZ

Women's Player of the Year
Nicole Leimbach, USC

Women's Doubles Team of the Year
Daniela Bercek/Riza Zalameda, UCLA

Women's Freshman of the Year
Suzi Babos, CAL

Women's Coach of the Year
Lele Forood, STAN


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