Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State junior Andy Bettles has been named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while New Mexico junior Michaela Bezdickova has been selected the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition from March 7-11. It is the second MW weekly honor for Bettles, and first for Bezdickova.

Bettles, from Somerset, England, went 4-0 overall last week playing at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, as Boise State defeated San Francisco 4-3 on March 9 and lost to No. 49 Stanford 4-3 on March 10. Bettles defeated San Francisco's Thai Tu in a three-set match, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 10-7. A day later he turned back Stanford's John Morrisey (ranked No. 45) in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Bettles and doubles partner Nathan Sereke handled San Francisco's Tu and Will Schumacher, 8-6, and Stanford's Morrisey and Denis Lin, 9-7. The junior, ranked No. 25 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) this season, is 9-1 in his last 10 singles matches.

Bezdickova, from Olomouc, Czech Republic, went a combined 3-1 last week playing out of the No. 1 singles and doubles positions. In the Lobos' 6-1 loss to Boise State on March 9, she won her team's only point. She defeated Marlena Pietzuch in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6. Against Eastern Washington (a 6-1 win for New Mexico), Bezdickova turned away Moira Hedberg in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, she and Laura Richardson lost to Boise State's (ranked No. 40) Pietzuch and Manuela Pietzuch, 8-5, and topped Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte of Eastern Washington, 8-6. She has won her last five singles matches and is 17-6 this season; 10-1 at the No. 1 singles spot.

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
March 6 - Thorsten Bertsch, So., San Diego State
March 13 - Andy Bettles, Jr., Boise 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
March 6 - Julia Wais, Sr., San Diego State
March 13 - Michaela Bezdickova, Jr., New Mexico