Pacific Player Spotlights: El Sallaly, Lualu-Summers, Ramey
In this new feature, The Pacifican will highlight a particular student or team in our athletics program at University of the Pacific. These are students who have had either a star performance, achieved some sort of recognition in their respective sports, or represented Pacific in a positive light.
Akram El Sallaly
Men’s tennis player Akram El Sallaly ‘20 is in the midst of his second year representing Pacific in the West Coast Conference. Before coming to Pacific, he had three professional singles wins and six doubles wins, earning professional points along the way as well.
He has boasted an impressive overall 4-1 record in doubles this season, partnering with Tadiwa Chinamo, Ross Watson and Bernardo Oliveira at different times this year. He has continued his success at Pacific while representing his country Egypt at the Davis Cup. Team Egypt advanced to the second round by defeating sixth-seeded Norway in a convincing manner by sweeping the Norwegian side 4-0. Egypt will now face third-seeded Denmark on April 7 and 8, and with Pacific being represented in this matchup it should be one to watch.
Women’s basketball player GeAnna Lualu-Summers ‘18 is coming off an impressive performance at the West Coast Conference tournament earlier this month. She averaged 14.7 points per game and 3.7 assists per game in three games that included an upset victory over second-seeded St. Mary’s.
Her showing that weekend earned her WCC All-tournament honors to cap off a year to remember for the senior guard. She led the conference in assists at a rate of 5.5 per game and ranked in the top 40 nationally in assists, assists per game, free throws made, free throws attempted.
Women’s swimmer Kenna Ramey ‘18 will represent the Tigers at the NCAA Division I Championships, qualifying in the 100 fly. With a time of 52.00, the Federal Way, Washington product has secured her second berth in three years.
Head coach Peter Richardson spoke about the achievement and had this to say about the swimmer, “Kenna will go down as one of the best swimmers in the history of Pacific.”
Her records and times have made a difference for us, but even more, her impact day in and day out had been greater. She is ready and is going to swim real fast.”
She is currently ranked 23rd among all Division I swimmers after impressive performances at the MPSF championships and the Ohio State Winter Invitational in the past two months.
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