Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week

Feb. 8, 2012


Boise State’s Andy Bettles and San Diego State’s Derek Siddiqui have been selected as the Mountain West Co-Men’s Tennis Players of the Week, while Air Force’s Tiffany Tran has been named the MW Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.

Bettles, hailing from Somerset, England, went 2-0 last Saturday to help propel 45th-ranked Boise State to a 4-3 upset victory over 26th-ranked Washington. Bettles began the dual match by competing in doubles action, teaming with Scott Sears to defeat the tandem of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou (8-5) at the No. 2 position to help the Broncos secure the doubles point. The sophomore went on to clinch the match for Boise State in singles action, defeating Washington’s Emmett Egger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at the second singles spot to give Boise State its fourth point of the dual.

Siddiqui, a native of Long Beach, Calif., earned the match-clinching point for 74th-ranked San Diego State in its 4-3 victory over 47th-ranked UC Irvine last Friday. Positioned at the No. 2 singles position, the junior notched a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Sam Gould to secure the victory for the Aztecs. He also tallied a win at No. 3 doubles, pairing with Thorsten Bertsch to down the tandem of Mika DeCoster and Jacob Jung, 8-6.

Tran, a product of Laguna Niguel, Calif., went a combined 5-1 last weekend as Air Force swept three matches on the road, defeating New Mexico State (W, 6-1), Northern Arizona (6-1) and UTEP (W, 4-3). Tran won three of her matches at No. 3 singles, including a come-from-behind victory over UTEP’s Carolina DeLuca to clinch the team match for Air Force. With the Falcons and Miners tied, 3-3, Tran lost the first set to DeLuca, 2-6, then saved a match point before winning the second set 7-6. In the decisive third set, the freshman trailed 1-5 before holding off three match points and winning the match in a tiebreaker, 7-6, to propel Air Force to victory. Tran won her other two matches at the No. 3 position, defeating New Mexico State’s Ginet Pinero 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and rallying to defeat Northern Arizona’s Malia Wahinepio, 4-6, 7-5, (10-3).