Zhu Named Outstanding Rebel Of The Week|
Jan. 31, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's tennis junior 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 4-0 at the elite ITA Kickoff Weekend event, which included an upset of the nation's No. 27-ranked singles player from host Cal, Anna Bright, in straight sets (7-6, 6-4) on Friday. In Zhu's second singles match of the weekend, the junior defeated Madison Harrison of Mississippi State, 6-3, 6-2, on Saturday.
In doubles competition, Zhu teamed up with En-Pei Huang to win at No. 1 doubles, helping UNLV shock the No. 11 Golden Bears and win the doubles point in the eventual 4-3 team loss. The pair also won at the No. 1 doubles spot against Mississippi State to help the Rebels take the doubles point and eventually upset the higher-seeded Bulldogs 4-3.
With the two individual wins, Zhu improved to 14-1 in her career playing at the No. 1 singles position.
Zhu and the Rebels are back in action this weekend, taking on Arizona State and Gonzaga on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Tempe, Arizona.
2017-18 Outstanding Rebel of the Week Award Winners
Sept. 6 - Caitlyn Kreutz, Women's Soccer
Sept. 13 - Lexington Thomas, Football
Sept. 20 - Sophie Cortes, Women's Soccer
Sept. 27 - Danny Musovski, Men's Soccer
Oct. 11 - Danny Musovski, Men's Soccer
Oct. 25 - Sara Delay, Women's Swimming
Nov. 1 - Johnny Stanton, Football
Nov. 8 - Johnny Stanton, Football
Nov. 15 - Brandon McCoy, Men's Basketball
Nov. 22 - Armani Rogers, Football
Nov. 29 - Brandon McCoy, Men's Basketball
Dec. 6 - Brad Gonzales, Men's Swimming
Dec. 14 - Brandon McCoy, Men's Basketball
Jan. 10 - Katie Powell, Women's Basketball
Jan. 17 - Jordan Johnson, Men's Basketball
Jan. 24 - Katie Powell, Women's Basketball
Jan. 31 - Aiwen Zhu, Women's Tennis