Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
Feb. 8, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Boise State’s Andy Bettles and San Diego State’s Derek Siddiqui have been selected as the Mountain West Co-Men’s Tennis Players of the Week, while Air Force’s Tiffany Tran has been named the MW Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Bettles, hailing from Somerset, England, went 2-0 last Saturday to help propel 45th-ranked Boise State to a 4-3 upset victory over 26th-ranked Washington. Bettles began the dual match by competing in doubles action, teaming with Scott Sears to defeat the tandem of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou (8-5) at the No. 2 position to help the Broncos secure the doubles point. The sophomore went on to clinch the match for Boise State in singles action, defeating Washington’s Emmett Egger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at the second singles spot to give Boise State its fourth point of the dual.
Siddiqui, a native of Long Beach, Calif., earned the match-clinching point for 74th-ranked San Diego State in its 4-3 victory over 47th-ranked UC Irvine last Friday. Positioned at the No. 2 singles position, the junior notched a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Sam Gould to secure the victory for the Aztecs. He also tallied a win at No. 3 doubles, pairing with Thorsten Bertsch to down the tandem of Mika DeCoster and Jacob Jung, 8-6.
Tran, a product of Laguna Niguel, Calif., went a combined 5-1 last weekend as Air Force swept three matches on the road, defeating New Mexico State (W, 6-1), Northern Arizona (6-1) and UTEP (W, 4-3). Tran won three of her matches at No. 3 singles, including a come-from-behind victory over UTEP’s Carolina DeLuca to clinch the team match for Air Force. With the Falcons and Miners tied, 3-3, Tran lost the first set to DeLuca, 2-6, then saved a match point before winning the second set 7-6. In the decisive third set, the freshman trailed 1-5 before holding off three match points and winning the match in a tiebreaker, 7-6, to propel Air Force to victory. Tran won her other two matches at the No. 3 position, defeating New Mexico State’s Ginet Pinero 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and rallying to defeat Northern Arizona’s Malia Wahinepio, 4-6, 7-5, (10-3).