Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State sophomore Garrett Patton 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 March 13-18. It is the first MW weekly honor this season for Patton, and second for Wais.

Patton, a Boise, Idaho resident, went a combined 4-0 over the weekend, helping the No. 46 Broncos defeat three ranked teams and win the Blue-Gray Classic, held March 15-17 in Montgomery, Ala. Playing at No. 2 doubles, Patton and Scott Sears defeated Nebraska's Dusty Boyer and Bradford Zitsch, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point as the Broncos turned back the No. 38 Cornhuskers, 4-0. Against No. 22 Notre Dame, Patton won his No. 6 singles match over Ryan Bandy in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, as the Broncos clipped the Fighting Irish, 4-3. In the championship match against No. 47 Texas Tech, Patton and Sears defeated Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares, 9-7. In singles play, Patton topped Hugo Dojas in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, as the Broncos defeated the Red Raiders, 4-3. Patton and Sears are now 12-3 on the season. Boise State went from being unranked to No. 46 in the latest ITA Rankings. Twelve of Boise State's first 16 matches have been against top-70 opponents.

Wais, from Goeppingen, Germany, helped No. 57 San Diego State defeat Marquette 6-1 on March 15 as she posted a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Ana Pimienta at No. 1 singles. Wais and teammate Kristin Buth fell to the Golden Eagles' No. 2 doubles team of Pimienta and Erin Gebes, 8-4. Against No. 15 California, Wais lost a three-set match to the No. 9-ranked player in the nation, Anett Schutting, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Wais and Buth won the No. 2 doubles match over Klara Fabikova and Kelly Chui, 8-5. They were the only team to post a win in doubles for the Aztecs, who lost the match 6-1. San Diego State is now 7-4 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
March 13 - Andy Bettles, Jr., Boise State
March 20 - Garrett Patton, So., Boise 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
March 13 - Michaela Bezdickova, Jr., New Mexico
March 20 - Julia Wais, Sr., San Diego State