Lobos Travel to Compete in Mountain West Tournament
April 23, 2013
San Diego State (18-7) won the 2013 MW men's regular season title and is the No. 1 seed at the MW Men's Championship. The Aztecs, ranked No. 40, went undefeated in Conference action with a 6-0 mark. Senior Derek Siddiqui (16-12 overall, 5-1 MW), playing at No. 1 singles and ranked No. 112 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, heads up a deep and experienced SDSU team.
Boise State is the defending MW tournament champion. The Broncos (17-9), ranked No. 44 in the nation, enter the 2013 Championship as the No. 2 seed, with a 5-1 record in MW play. They are led by junior Andy Bettles (30-8, 4-2), who is the top-ranked MW men's player this season at No. 30.
San Diego State and New Mexico (the No. 4 seed) have each won the MW Championship three times, while No. 3 UNLV (16-6) won the title in 2007.
On the women's side, San Diego State (20-4), last season's runner-up, is the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Women's Championship. The regular season champion posted a perfect 8-0 Conference mark, and is currently riding a 14-match win streak. Seniors Julia Wais (20-13 overall, 6-2 Conference) and Alicia Aguilar (16-15, 4-4) have been key cogs in the lineup at the top two singles positions for the No. 41 Aztecs.
San Diego State last won the MW Women's Championship in 2003 when they were the host site.
Three-time champions UNLV (2000, 2002 and 2008) are the No. 2 seed. The No. 61 Rebels (16-7) finished MW regular season action at 6-2.
Rebel junior Aleksandra Josifoska is the top-ranked MW women's player in the national poll at No. 32. She went undefeated (7-0) in the MW at No. 1 singles, and is 31-7 on the season. Lucia Batta, playing at No. 2 singles, also had an unblemished league record at 8-0. Batta, the 2012 MW Player of the Year, is 32-5 and ranked No. 82 in the nation.
The winners of the Mountain West Men's and Women's Championships receive the Conference's automatic bids to their respective NCAA tournaments.
|2013 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS|
|Thursday, April 25|
|10 a.m. MT||First Round Match #1||No. 4 New Mexico vs. No. 5 Fresno State|
|2 p.m. MT||First Round Match #2||No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Nevada|
|2 p.m. MT||First Round Match #3||No. 2 Boise State vs. No. 7 Air Force|
|Saturday, April 27|
|2 p.m. MT||Semifinal Match #1||No. 1 San Diego State vs. UNM/FS Winner|
|2 p.m. MT||Semifinal Match #2||UNLV/NEV Winner vs. BSU/AFA Winner|
|Sunday, April 28|
|2 p.m. MT||Championship Match|