Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State junior Nathan Sereke has earned Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while UNLV junior Aleksandra Josifoska has been named the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competitions from March 20-26. It is the third-career MW weekly award for Sereke, fourth for Josifoska.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Sereke went a combined 5-1 last week, earning three No. 2 singles wins and two No. 1 doubles victories as the No. 46 Broncos defeated Marquette, 6-1, No. 62 Idaho, 4-2 and No. 56 New Mexico, 7-0, at the SpringHill Suites Invitational. He defeated all three of his singles opponents in straight sets. Sereke turned back Vukasin Teofanovic of Marquette, 6-2, 5-0, and Abid Akbar of Idaho, 6-4, 7-5. Against New Mexico's Jadon Phillips, Sereke was awarded the singles point after Phillips was forced to retire. Sereke won the first set 7-6 and was ahead 4-3 in the second set. At No. 1 doubles, Sereke and Andy Bettles stopped Marquette's Teofanovic and Dan Mamalat, 8-4. The Boise State duo fell to Idaho's Akbar and Marius Cirstea, 8-2, but rallied to defeat New Mexico's Phillips and Riaan Du Toit, 8-7, to clinch the doubles point. Sereke has won five-straight singles matches and the Broncos have won 26 straight home matches.

Josifoska, from Skopje, Macedonia, won both of her No. 1 singles matches last week as the Rebels lost to Marshall, 4-3, and defeated No. 50 SMU, 5-2. Josifoska, ranked No. 24 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll, topped Dominika Zapranza of Marshall, 6-1, 6-4. Against SMU's Aleks Malyarchikova (No. 111 ranking), she again won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. In No. 2 doubles, Josifoska and partner Janine Erasmus defeated Marshall's Ellie Ball and Maria Voscekova, 8-2, and SMU's Holly Verner and Hristina Dishkova, 8-5. Josifoska is 23-7 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
March 27 - Nathan Sereke, Jr., 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
March 27 - Aleksandra Josifoska, Jr., UNLV