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

March 1, 2012


TCU's Facundo Lugones has been selected as the Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Air Force’s Hannah Dake and UNLV’s Lucia Batta have been named MW Co-Women’s Tennis Players of the Week.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lugones went 2-0 last week as TCU split a pair of road matches at UT-Arlington (W, 5-2) and No. 12 Texas A&M (L, 1-6). Lugones got TCU off to a strong start in singles action against the Mavericks, notching a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Nicholas Moreno at the No. 4 position. He was also the brightest spot for the Horned Frogs in Friday’s loss at Texas A&M, scratching out a 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (6) win while playing at the No. 3 singles position for the first time in his career. The freshman has now won three-consecutive singles matches and owns a 5-3 record this spring.

Dake, a product of Excelsior, Minnesota, went a combined 8-0 last week as Air Force went 3-1 against Metro State (W, 7-0), Denver (L, 2-5), Western New Mexico (W, 7-0) and CSU-Pueblo (7-0). Dake, who won three of her four singles matches last week by a 6-0,6-0 score, also rallied to defeat Natalie Dunn of Denver, 6-7 (3), 6-3, (10-5) at the No. 5 singles position. She also paired with teammate Natasha Rizvi to secure four doubles matches during the week, including an 8-5 victory over the Denver tandem of Emma Isberg and Elena Najera.

Batta, hailing from Budapest, Hungary, went 3-0 in singles action last weekend as 50th-ranked UNLV posted a 1-2 record against No. 39 UNLV (L, 3-4), No. 47 Long Beach State (W, 4-3) and No. 32 Texas Tech (L, 2-5). Batta began the weekend by downing Utah’s 104th-ranked Sarah Pham, 6-3, 6-3, at the second spot in the lineup on Friday. The following day her 7-6, 6-0 win over Anais Dallara at the top of the singles lineup helped UNLV down Long Beach State, 4-3. On Sunday, Batta cruised past Texas Tech’s Elizabeth Ullathorne in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). Batta also went 1-2 in doubles action, teaming with Manon de Lanlay to secure an 8-4 victory over the Texas Tech duo of Nicki Sanders and Caroline Starck at the No. 2 doubles position.