Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State junior Andy Bettles has earned Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while UNLV junior Lucia Batta has been named the MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week. It is the third MW weekly award this season for Bettles, and fourth of his career, while Batta claims the honor for the second time this season and seventh time in her career.

Hailing from Somerset, England, Bettles went a combined 4-0 in No. 1 singles and doubles as Boise State secured a second-place finish in the Mountain West with Conference wins over UNLV (5-2) and Fresno State (6-1) last week. In the match with UNLV, Bettles defeated No. 113 Ace Matias in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, to clinch the match for the Broncos. In doubles, Bettles and Nathan Sereke teamed up to take down Matias and Bernard Schoeman, 8-4. Against the Bulldogs, Bettles rolled past Felipe Fritz, 6-1, 6-2, while he and Sereke rallied past Reid deLaubenfels and Sam McNeil, erasing a 7-3 deficit to win, 9-7.

Batta, from Budapest, Hungary, remained undefeated in dual matches this season with a pair of No. 2 singles wins last weekend to help UNLV defeat Nevada (6-1) and No. 55 Fresno State (4-3). Against the Wolf Pack, Batta won a three-set match against Emma Verberne, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Batta and doubles partner Nives Pavlovic fell to the Wolf Pack's Verberne and Michelle Okremchuck, 8-7. In the Fresno State contest, Batta and Pavlovic squeaked past the Bulldogs' Rana Sherif Ahmed and Melissa McQueen, 9-7, to clinch the match-deciding doubles point for the Rebels. In singles, Batta topped Aishwarya Agrawal in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

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
April 17 - 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
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
April 17 - Lucia Batta, Jr., UNLV