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

Feb. 20, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State junior Hunter Nicholas has been named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Nevada senior Emma Verberne has been selected the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition from Feb. 14-18. It is the first MW weekly honor for both student-athletes this season.

Nicholas, from Park City, Utah, went a combined 3-1 last week as the Aztecs defeated Hawai'i, 5-2, on Feb. 14, and Pacific, 4-3, on Feb. 16. Playing at No. 3 singles against Hawai'i's Jared Spiker, Nicholas lost the first set 4-6, but rallied to win the next two sets 6-4 and 7-6 (8-6) to win the match. Against Ben Mirkin of Pacific, Nicholas again dropped the opening set (2-6), but rallied and took the second set 7-5 and the third and decisive set, 6-0. His win secured the Aztecs' 4-3 victory. In No. 1 doubles play, Nicholas and partner Thorsten Bertsch turned back Hawai'i's Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, 8-6. Nicholas and Bertsch were unable to get past Pacific's Alex Golding and Sam Verbeek, falling 8-5.

Verberne, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, was a perfect 5-0 last week as the Wolf Pack lost 4-3 to Idaho on Feb. 15, and 5-2 to Washington State on Feb. 16, before topping Montana 6-1 on Feb. 17. In the No. 1 singles position, Verberne stopped Almudena Sanz of Idaho, 6-4, 6-2. She also won straight set matches against Ksenia Googe of Washington State (6-1, 6-3) and Haley Driver of Montana (6-2, 6-3). Along with partner, Michelle Okhremchuk, Verberne won two matches at No. 1 doubles. Verbene and Okhremchuk topped Idaho's Constance Alexander and Almudena Sanz, 8-1. They also defeated Liudmila Vasilieva and Elizaveta Luzina of Washington State, 8-2.

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

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