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Zhu Named Outstanding Rebel of the Week

March 29, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV Women's Tennis sophomore Aiwen Zhu has been named the Outstanding Rebel of the Week presented by Air Force Reserve, the school announced Wednesday.

The award goes to the student-athlete who turned in the best individual performance during the previous week of competition from Monday through Sunday as voted on by the UNLV Athletic Communications department.

Zhu, a native of Wuxi, China, went a combined 4-1 over the week to help the Rebels win two of three matches, with the victories coming over Boise State and Southern Utah. Zhu recorded her first win over a ranked player as she defeated 63rd-ranked Sammi Hampton of Arizona State 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9) in Tempe, Ariz., last Wednesday. Over the weekend, she took down Boise State's Hanna Kantenwein 6-4, 6-0 to help the Rebels win their second conference match of the season in a 6-1 defeat of the Broncos. She followed that performance by beating Southern Utah's Evgenia Marushko 6-0, 6-1 at the top position as part of a 7-0 Scarlet & Gray win over the Thunderbirds. In doubles competition, she teamed up with En Pei-Huang at the top position to defeat SUU's Mikala Lowrance and Teresa Enrique Schmidt 6-3.

UNLV will head out on the road this weekend for a pair of conference matches at San Diego State and San Jose State on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

2016-17 Outstanding Rebel of the Week Award Winners
Aug. 31 - Dakota Blazak, Women's Soccer
Sept. 7 - Devonte Boyd, Football
Sept. 14 - John Oda, Men's Golf
Sept. 21 - Sophie Cortes, Women's Soccer
Sept. 28 - Katie Ballou, Women's Soccer 
Oct. 5 - Alexis Patterson, Volleyball  
Oct. 12 - John Oda, Men's Golf
Oct. 19 - Evan Pantels, Football
Oct. 26 - Jakob Amilon, Men's Tennis
Nov. 2 - Lily Sender, Women's Soccer
Nov. 9 - Tom Paco-Pedroni, Men's Swimming
Nov. 16 - Danny Musovski, Men's Soccer
Nov. 23 - Oscar Velazquez, Men's Soccer
Nov. 30 - Nikki Wheatley, Women's Basketball
Dec. 7 - Bree Hammel, Volleyball
Dec. 14 - Nikki Wheatley, Women's Basketball
Jan. 11 - Brooke Johnson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 18 - Carol Zi Yang, Women's Tennis
Jan. 25 - Jovan Mooring, Men's Basketball
Feb. 1 - Dylan Gonzalez, Women's Basketball
Feb. 8 - Jakob Amilon, Men's Tennis
Feb. 15 - Dakota Gonzalez, Women's Basketball
Feb. 22 - Mackenzie Raim, Women's Golf
Mar. 1 - Tom Paco-Pedroni, Men's Swimming
Mar. 8 - Harry Hall, Men's Golf
Mar. 15 - Carol Zi Yang, Women's Tennis
Mar. 22 - Shintaro Ban, Men's Golf
Mar. 29 - Aiwen Zhu, Women's Tennis

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