Mountain West Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week - April 23, 2013

April 24, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State sophomore Thorsten Bertsch has earned Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Fresno State senior Melissa McQueen has been named MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches held April 17-23. It is the third MW weekly award this season for Bertsch, and second for McQueen.

Bertsch, from Mannheim, Germany, went 2-0 on April 21 to guide the No. 43 Aztecs to a 4-3 victory over Nevada. The win secured San Diego State (18-7, 6-0 Conference) the MW regular season championship, as well as the No. 1 seed in this week's MW Men's Tennis Championship. Bertsch defeated Quentin Mege in straight sets at the No. 2 singles position, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, Bertsch teamed up with Hunter Nicholas to win the No. 1 doubles match over Nevada's Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago, 8-4.

A Whitby, Canada, native, McQueen was a combined 4-0 last week as the Bulldogs (14-7, 6-2) topped Boise State and New Mexico in Conference play to earn the No. 3 seed in the MW Women's Tennis Championship. McQueen and No. 1 doubles partner Rana Sherif Ahmed clinched the doubles point in Fresno State's 4-3 victory over Boise State, as the duo defeated the Broncos' Manuela Pietzuch and Marlena Pietzuch in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (9-7). In singles, McQueen dispatched Megan LaLone in straight sets at the No. 4 spot, 6-1, 6-3. In the Bulldogs' 6-1 win against the Lobos, McQueen and Ahmed took down Michaela Bezdickova and Laura Richardson, 8-2, while at No. 3 singles, the senior topped Sarah Mahboob Khan, 6-2, 6-2.

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
April 24 - 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
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
April 24 - Melissa McQueen, Sr., Fresno State