Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - March 6, 2013

March 6, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State sophomore Thorsten Bertsch has been named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while San Diego State senior Julia Wais has been selected the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition from Feb. 28-March 4. It is the second-straight MW weekly honor for Bertsch, and first this season for Wais.

Bertsch, from Mannheim, Germany, went 4-1 overall last week, playing at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles positions, respectively. The sophomore upset No. 34 Christoffer Konigsfeldt of California, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, and then teamed with partner Hunter Nicholas to take down No. 18 Konigsfelt and Campbell Johnson, 9-8 (5) as the No. 36 Aztecs defeated the No. 16 Bears, 4-3. Bertsch's lone setback came against Finn Tearney of No. 12 Pepperdine, as he fell in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1, and the Aztecs lost the match, 4-0. Against Central Florida, Bertsch and Nicholas won their doubles match against Matthew Gladstone and Pedro Wagner, 8-4, and in what proved to be the deciding match, Bertsch defeated Amar Hromic 6-1, 7-6 (2) at No. 2 singles as the Aztecs prevailed, 4-3. Bertsch is 8-3 in singles play this season.

Wais, from Goeppingen, Germany, was a perfect 4-0 on the No. 53 Aztecs' road trip to Hawaii last week. Playing in the No. 1 singles slot, Wais took down Katie Pleiman of Xavier, 6-1, 6-4, and then teamed with Kristin Buth at No. 2 doubles to defeat Alex Brinker and Allyson Westling, 8-1. The Aztecs won the match, 6-1. Against Hawai'i, Wais turned back Katarina Poljakova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, and she and Buth won over Xenia Surworowa and Rebecca Faltusz, 8-2. San Diego State won the match, 6-1, and is now 6-3 on the season.

2012-13 Mountain West Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week
Jan. 23 - Lance Wilhelm, Sr., Air Force
Jan. 30 - Derek Siddiqui, Sr., San Diego State
Feb. 6 - Ace Matias, So., UNLV
Feb. 13 - Andy Bettles, Jr., Boise State
Feb. 20 - Hunter Nicholas, Jr., San Diego State
Feb. 27 - Thorsten Bertsch, So., San Diego State
March 6 - Thorsten Bertsch, So., San Diego State

2012-13 Mountain West Women's Tennis Athletes of the Week
Jan. 23 - Michelle Okhremchuk, Jr., Nevada
Jan. 30 - Lucia Batta, Jr., UNLV
Feb. 6 - Sandy Vo, Jr., Boise State
Feb. 13 - Rana Sherif Ahmed, Fr., Fresno State
Feb. 20 - Emma Verberne, Sr., Nevada
Feb. 27 - Melissa McQueen, Sr., Fresno State
March 6 - Julia Wais, Sr., San Diego State