Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
March 28, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State's James Meredith has been selected as the Mountain West Men's Player of the Week, while UNLV's Lucia Batta has been named the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
Meredith, a product of Christchurch, New Zealand, went a combined 5-0 last weekend as Boise State picked up victories against Ball State (W, 5-1), Southern Mississippi (W, 6-1) and 73rd-ranked UAB (W, 6-1) at the 2012 Boise State Spring Break Classic. The redshirt junior went 3-0 at the top of the singles lineup, with each win coming in straight sets. Meredith began the tournament by defeating Ball State's Dalton Albertin (6-0, 6-2) and Southern Mississippi's Paulo Alvarado (6-1, 6-1), before concluding the event by downing UAB's Danny Manlow (6-3, 6-3). In doubles play, Meredith went 2-0, partnering with teammate Erik Sheldon to take down Michael Elortegui and Kieren Thompson of Southern Miss, 8-5, before pairing with Nathan Sereke to defeat David Zimmerman and Tom Puetz, 8-3.
Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Batta went a combined 5-1 in singles and doubles last week to help UNLV post a 2-1 overall record. Playing at the No. 1 singles position, Batta began the week by upsetting No. 37 Kata Szekely in three sets to give the Rebels a 4-3 victory over 12th-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday. The victory marked the highest-ranked opponent the UNLV women have ever defeated in program history. Batta also swept all four matches in MW play, as she knocked off Wyoming's Veronica Popovici and Colorado State's Tori Arneson in consecutive matches to start the Conference slate. She also paired with Manon de Lanlay to win a pair of MW matches at the No. 2 doubles spot.