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

Feb. 27, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State sophomore Thorsten Bertsch has been named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Fresno State senior Melissa McQueen has been selected the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition from Feb. 21-25. It is the first MW weekly honor for both student-athletes this season.

Bertsch, from Mannheim, Germany, played a pivotal role in the No. 48 Aztecs' 5-2 victory over No. 39 Boise State on Feb. 23 in a Conference match. In the No. 2 singles slot, Bertsch clinched the win for San Diego State with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over the Broncos' Nathan Sereke. Bertsch and doubles partner Hunter Nicholas took down Boise State's No. 1 doubles team of Andrew Bettles and Sereke, 8-2. Bertsch is 6-2 in singles play this season.

McQueen, from Whitby, Canada, went undefeated over the weekend as the No. 53 Bulldogs defeated No. 62 Sacramento State, 6-1, on Feb. 22, and UC Davis, 5-2, on Feb. 23. McQueen, playing at No. 3 singles, turned away Sacramento State's Katharina Knoebl, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6). She followed that up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ellie Edles of UC Davis. In doubles, McQueen partnered with freshman Rana Sherif Ahmed and picked up a pair of wins at No. 2 doubles. They beat Knoebl and Jennifer Nguyen of Sacramento State, 8-4, and also topped Nicole Koehly and Layla Sanders of UC Davis by the same score. McQueen has won five of her last six doubles and singles matches.

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

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