Freshman Fangran Tian of the University of California, Los Angeles women’s tennis team was selected as UCLA’s student-athlete of the week, presented by Ready, for the week May 22-28. This is Tian’s first UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week award of the season and of her career.
Tian got the NCAA Division I singles championship, defeating six top-60 players in six days without dropping a set. The Beijing, China native rounded out her run Saturday with a 6-4, 6-2 over Oklahoma’s Layne Sleeth. In lifting the NCAA singles trophy, Tian joined UCLA Athletics Hall of Famer Keri Phebus (1995) as the only Bruins to accomplish the feat.
Tian’s journey to the title also included wins over two top Pac-12 mates in Singles Player of the Year Stanford’s Alexandra Yepifanova in the third round and USC’s 11th-ranked Maddy Sieg in the semifinals. Tian finished her rookie season 30-7, including a 17-6 mark against nationally ranked opponents, in singles.
The Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year spent the entire double-game on the top singles court, going 15-0 during the regular season.
About the UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the most important and prestigious US public and research universities in the world, located in Los Angeles, California within the residential area of Westwood.
Established in 1919 from the transformation of a previous higher education institution, the State Normal School, founded in 1882 to train teachers, it is the second oldest campus in the University of California system, after that of Berkeley.
In 1914, the school moved to a new campus on Vermont Avenue in Hollywood. In 1917, principal Ernst Carrol Moore suggested that the State Normal School become the second campus of the University of California. The law was passed on March 23, 1919, transforming the school into the southern branch of the University of California, and introducing graduate programs in literature and science.
UCLA is one of the most important and valid universities in the NCAA, the federation that organizes university team sports tournaments. The varsity teams are called the Bruins and have blue and gold uniforms. The Bruins participate in NCAA Division I-A as part of the Pacific-12 Conference.
The Bruins’ mascots are Joe and Josephine Bruin, and the “sports anthems” are Sons of Westwood and the Mighty Bruins.