Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV sophomore Ace Matias has earned Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Nevada senior Emma Verberne has been named the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches held April 3-9. It is the second-straight MW weekly award for Matias, and third of his career, while Verberne takes home her second MW weekly honor of the season.

Matias, from Torrance, Calif., was 2-0 in No. 1 singles play last week, helping the Rebels to Conference victories over No. 59 New Mexico (4-3) and Air Force (7-0). He topped the Lobos' Samir Iftikhar in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Matias followed that performance up with a 6-4, 6-1 upset win over Air Force's Lance Wilhelm, ranked No. 75 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. In No. 1 doubles play, Matias and Bernard Schoeman fell to New Mexico's Connor Berg and Andrew Van Der Vyver, 8-6. They rallied later in the week to top Wilhelm and Grant Taylor Air Force, 9-7. Matias is 22-7 (17-3 in duals) on the season.

Hailing from Rotterdam, Netherlands, Verberne was a combined 6-0 last week as she guided the Wolf Pack to three Conference victories. At No. 2 singles, Verberne shut down Simona Synkova of Wyoming, 6-4, 6-4. She and Michelle Okhremchuk teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Synkova and Veronica Popovici, 8-4, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Cowgirls 4-3. In Nevada's 6-1 win against Air Force, Verberne toppled Tiffany Tran in the No. 2 singles position, 6-0, 6-1, while she and Okhremchuk beat Hannah Dake and Melissa Cecil at No. 1 doubles, 8-2. Verberne closed out the week with a pair of victories in her team's 6-1 win over Colorado State. She won in straight sets at the No. 2 slot versus the Rams' Natalie Heffron, 6-2, 6-2, and claimed the No. 1 doubles victory with Okhremchuk against Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska, 8-2. Verberne has won 12 consecutive matches and has not lost a set since Feb. 8.

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
March 20 - Garrett Patton, So., Boise State
March 27 - Nathan Sereke, Jr., Boise State
April 3 - Ace Matias, So., UNLV
April 10 - Ace Matias, So., UNLV

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
March 20 - Julia Wais, Sr., San Diego State
March 27 - Aleksandra Josifoska, Jr., UNLV
April 3 - Sasa Nemcova, Sr., Wyoming
April 10 - Emma Verberne, Sr., Nevada