Stanford senior Tom Fawcett waited over three years before being honored as the Pac-12 men's tennis Player of the Week. He only needed to wait another week for his second such honor.
Fawcett, ranked No. 33 in the latest ITA rankings, led No. 5 Stanford to a 4-2 win over No. 10 Illinois this past Saturday at Illinois. For his efforts, he was named the Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Playing 160 miles from his hometown of Winnetka, Fawcett clinched the victory for the Cardinal with the 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5) win over No. 46 Aleks Vukic at No. 1 singles.
It was Fawcett's third win in his past four dual matches over a ranked opponent. He handed Vukic his first loss of the season.
Fawcett also teamed with freshman Axel Geller at No. 2 doubles. The duo, ranked No. 32 in the ITA doubles rankings, improved to 5-0 on the season with a 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot to help the Cardinal secure the doubles point Saturday.
The senior is 12-2 on the season, including 3-1 in dual action. With Saturday's win, Fawcett moved into 31st on Stanford's career dual victories list with a 45-20 career record.
At No. 5 in the latest Oracle/ITA National Team Rankings, Stanford owns its highest ranking in nine seasons. The Cardinal's 6-0 record is its best start to dual play in seven seasons.