Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week

March 1, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

TCU's Facundo Lugones has been selected as the Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Air Force’s Hannah Dake and UNLV’s Lucia Batta have been named MW Co-Women’s Tennis Players of the Week.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lugones went 2-0 last week as TCU split a pair of road matches at UT-Arlington (W, 5-2) and No. 12 Texas A&M (L, 1-6). Lugones got TCU off to a strong start in singles action against the Mavericks, notching a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Nicholas Moreno at the No. 4 position. He was also the brightest spot for the Horned Frogs in Friday’s loss at Texas A&M, scratching out a 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (6) win while playing at the No. 3 singles position for the first time in his career. The freshman has now won three-consecutive singles matches and owns a 5-3 record this spring.

Dake, a product of Excelsior, Minnesota, went a combined 8-0 last week as Air Force went 3-1 against Metro State (W, 7-0), Denver (L, 2-5), Western New Mexico (W, 7-0) and CSU-Pueblo (7-0). Dake, who won three of her four singles matches last week by a 6-0,6-0 score, also rallied to defeat Natalie Dunn of Denver, 6-7 (3), 6-3, (10-5) at the No. 5 singles position. She also paired with teammate Natasha Rizvi to secure four doubles matches during the week, including an 8-5 victory over the Denver tandem of Emma Isberg and Elena Najera.

Batta, hailing from Budapest, Hungary, went 3-0 in singles action last weekend as 50th-ranked UNLV posted a 1-2 record against No. 39 UNLV (L, 3-4), No. 47 Long Beach State (W, 4-3) and No. 32 Texas Tech (L, 2-5). Batta began the weekend by downing Utah’s 104th-ranked Sarah Pham, 6-3, 6-3, at the second spot in the lineup on Friday. The following day her 7-6, 6-0 win over Anais Dallara at the top of the singles lineup helped UNLV down Long Beach State, 4-3. On Sunday, Batta cruised past Texas Tech’s Elizabeth Ullathorne in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). Batta also went 1-2 in doubles action, teaming with Manon de Lanlay to secure an 8-4 victory over the Texas Tech duo of Nicki Sanders and Caroline Starck at the No. 2 doubles position.