This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - Feb. 21
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Weber State at Utah State, 12:00 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 26
#57 UNLV at #33 Fresno State, 11:00 a.m. PT
WAC MEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (Feb. 6-12)
Fresno State’s Remi Boutillier has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, for Feb. 13-19.
Boutillier, a senior from Briancon, France (Externat Notre Dame), ranked No. 14 in the nation, edged No. 37 Ryan Thacher in a tiebreaker, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), to earn Fresno State a 4-3 victory over No. 9 Stanford. Boutillier’s victory came in the final match of the day, completing a Bulldog comeback. This was the first time that Fresno State has defeated Stanford.
Other men’s nominees included: Nevada senior Wessim Derbel.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the Feb. 7 ITA rankings, three of the six WAC teams are ranked in the top 75. Fresno State is the highest ranked WAC team at No. 33, New Mexico State is ranked at No. 53 and Idaho is ranked at No. 66.
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. 19, while his teammate Francis Alcantara is No. 45. Wessim Derbel of Nevada garnered a ranking of No. 80. In doubles, the lone WAC team ranked is Idaho’s Andrew Dobbs and Marius Cirstea, at No. 33.
Fresno State upset No. 9 Stanford, 4-3, on Feb. 14. Both Remi Boutillier and Francis Alcantara scored singles wins over ranked opponents against the Cardinal, with Boutillier’s win in the No. 1 singles position clinching the victory for the Bulldogs in the final match of the day. The Bulldogs also earned a 5-2 victory over San Francisco on Monday.
This week, Fresno State travels to Las Vegas, Nevada, to face No. 57 UNLV on Sunday.
In its last action, Hawai’i fell to No. 9 Stanford, 6-1, on Feb. 7. Freshman Chas Okamoto continued his stellar play with a 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 defeat of Denis Lin at No. 2 singles, the lone UH win of the match for UH.
Hawai’i will be off until March 1, when it hosts Michigan.
Idaho travelled to Nebraska for three matches, two of which came against ranked teams, going 1-2 on the trip. Idaho fell to both No. 38 Nebraska and No. 73 Drake, but rallied to close the trip with a 4-3 victory over Creighton on Monday.
This week, Idaho is off. The Vandals will be in action next against Eastern Oregon and Lewis-Clark State College on March 3.
Nevada went 1-1 last weekend, falling at Brigham Young, 7-0, and defeating Idaho State, 4-1. All three Nevada doubles teams won to begin the afternoon, putting the Wolf Pack ahead 1-0. Singles wins for Nevada came at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 positions. After Nevada accrued the four points necessary to win the match, the remaining singles tilts were halted.
Nevada is off this week, returning to action March 2 against Sacramento State, opening the home portion of the schedule.
NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State is in the midst of a break that will last nearly a month, since Feb. 10. The Aggies return to action again on March 8 against Air Force.
Utah State was off last week. The Aggies are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Weber State.