This Week in WAC Men's Tennis
Saturday, Jan. 28
#75 Oregon def. #56 Idaho, 7-0
#35 Fresno State def. #40 UC Irvine, 4-0
#56 Idaho def. UMKC, 4-0
#5 Baylor def. #60 New Mexico State, 7-0
Sunday, Jan. 29
Portland def. #56 Idaho, 5-2
#9 UCLA def. #35 Fresno State, 4-0
#39 Rice def. #60 New Mexico State, 6-1
Thursday, Feb. 2
Montana State at Utah State, 12:00 p.m. MT
Nevada at San Francisco, 12:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Feb. 3
New Mexico State at #61 UNLV, 11:00 a.m. PT
#64 St. Mary’s at #35 Fresno State, 11:00 a.m. PT
#60 New Mexico State vs. Loyola Marymount, 2:30 p.m. PT
*Nevada at Fresno State, 4:30 p.m. PT
Idaho at Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 4
Portland State at Utah State, 10:00 a.m. MT
#60 New Mexico State vs. UC Riverside, 11:00 a.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 5
#50 Santa Clara at Fresno State, 12:00 p.m. PT
Hawai’i at #64 St. Mary’s, 12:00 p.m. PT
WAC MEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (Jan. 23-29)
Idaho’s Marius Cirstea has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, for the week of Jan. 23-29.
Cirstea, a junior from Bucharest, Romania (Texas Christian), went 2-1 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles last week, as the Vandals went 1-2. Cirstea defeated Missouri-Kansas City’s Nino Hasandedic 6-2, 6-1, in his first match on Saturday, while adding a victory in doubles play during the first dual of a doubleheader. In the second dual of the day, he fell 7-5, 7-5, in a tight match vs. Oregon’s Alex Rovello in singles. Cirstea rebounded on Sunday, dropping Portland’s Michael HuKwo, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, in No. 1 singles.
Other men’s nominees included: Fresno State sophomore Francis Alcantara … New Mexico State freshman Germain Degardin
WAC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the Jan. 24 ITA rankings, three of the six WAC teams are ranked in the top 75. Fresno State is the highest ranked WAC team at No. 35, Idaho is ranked at No. 57 and New Mexico State is ranked at No. 60
Individually, the WAC has three singles players ranked in the top 100. Remi Boutillier of Fresno State is the top-ranked WAC player, at No. 14, while his teammate Francis Alcantara is No. 44. Wessim Derbel of Nevada garnered a ranking of No. 55. In doubles, the lone WAC team ranked is Idaho’s Andrew Dobbs and Marius Cirstea, at No. 23.
Fresno State went 1-1 last weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., defeating No. 40 UC Irvine 4-0, before falling 4-0 to No. 9 UCLA ... the Bulldogs trounced the Anteaters on Saturday, claiming the victory with three matches still unfinished, only to see the Bruins return the favor on Sunday ... this week, Fresno State hosts three matches, including its first conference dual of the season vs. Nevada ... the Bulldogs host two duals on Friday, with St. Mary’s visiting in the morning and Nevada in the afternoon ... Santa Clara comes calling on Sunday.
After two weeks off, Hawai’i will return to the court this weekend at St. Mary’s on Sunday, the beginning of a three-dual road trip through California.
The Vandals went 1-2 last weekend, falling to 3-3 on the season ... the Vandals defeated Missouri-Kansas City 4-0, with three matches left unfinished due to Idaho having already clinched ... UI fell at No. 75 Oregon 7-0 on Saturday and lost 5-2 at Portland on Sunday ... this week, the Vandals travel to Spokane, Wash., to face Gonzaga on Friday.
Nevada was off last week ... this week, the Wolf Pack travels to California for two matches ... UN faces San Francisco on Thursday and then begins conference play against Fresno State on Friday.
NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State fell to two ranked foes last weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Waco, Texas ... the Aggies fell 7-0 to No. 8 Baylor on Saturday, before dropping a 6-1 match to No. 37 Rice on Sunday ... against Rice, Germain Degardin claimed the only NM State point of the weekend, winning his No. 3 singles match in a superbreaker, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) ... this week, the Aggies travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for three matches, facing UNLV and Loyola Marymount on Friday, and UC Riverside on Saturday.
Utah State was off last week ... this week, the Aggies host two matches, as Montana State visits on Friday and Portland State visits on Saturday.