Tuesday, April 17
Utah State at Weber State, 10:00 a.m. MT
#55 UC Santa Barbara at #34 Fresno State, 3:30 p.m. PT
Wednesday, April 18
Western New Mexico at New Mexico State, 1:00 p.m. MT
Idaho State at Utah State, 1:30 p.m. MT
#8 Pepperdine at #34 Fresno State, 3:30 p.m. PT
Friday, April 20
*Utah State at Nevada, 12:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 21
Pacific at #34 Fresno State, 12:00 p.m. PT
UC Davis at Nevada, 12:00 p.m. PT
WAC MEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (April 9-15)
DENVER – Idaho’s Abid Akbar has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, for the week of April 9-15.
Abid, a junior from Islamabad, Pakistan (Roots School), went undefeated in two singles and two doubles matches last week, helping Idaho to a pair of victories over Utah State and Hawai’i. The wins helped the Vandals clinch second place in the WAC and finish the regular season on a five-match unbeaten streak. Against Hawai’i, Akbar bested Chas Okamoto 6-2, 6-3 in No. 2 singles, and teamed with partner Andrew Dobbs to earn an 8-3 doubles win over Jared Spiker and Carter Lam. The singles victory was especially crucial, as the Vandals barely earned a 4-3 victory. Akbar also earned a straight sets victory over Utah State’s Marcus Fritz (6-2, 6-1) and again teamed with Dobbs for an 8-3 victory over Andrew and Lenny Whiting, as Idaho defeated the Aggies 6-1.
Other men’s nominees included: Hawai’i junior Dmytro Kovalyov … Utah State junior Sven Poslusny.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the April 10 ITA Rankings, Fresno State is the lone ranked WAC team at No. 34.
Individually, the WAC has four singles players ranked in the top 125. Remi Boutillier of Fresno State is the top-ranked WAC player, at No. 25, while his teammate Francis Alcantara is No. 51. Hawai’i’s Jonathan Brooklyn checks in at No. 111. Wessim Derbel of Nevada garnered a ranking of No. 113.
No. 34 Fresno State went 1-0 last weekend, defeating Cal Poly 7-0 on Sunday.
This week, the Bulldogs have three matches, all at home. Fresno hosts UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Pepperdine on Wednesday and Pacific on Saturday.
Hawai’i went 2-1 last week, including a 1-1 mark in conference duals. In Logan, Utah, the Warriors fell, 4-3, to Idaho on Friday and defeated Utah State, 7-0, on Saturday. UH also picked up a road win over UNLV, 5-2, on Tuesday.
This week, Hawai’i is off. UH will be in action again at the WAC Championships, which take place April 27-29 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Last week, Idaho picked up two conference wins, moving into second place in the WAC. In a doubleheader in Logan, Utah, the Vandals topped both Hawai’i and Utah State, winning both matches 4-3.
This week, the Vandals are off. UI will be in action next at the WAC Championships, which take place April 27-29 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Nevada was off last week.
This week, Nevada returns to action on Friday against Utah State. The Wolf Pack then face UC Davis on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE
Last week, New Mexico State was off.
This week, NMSU closes out the regular season against Western New Mexico on Wednesday.
Last week, Utah State dropped two conference matches, falling to Idaho, 4-3, on Friday and to Hawai’i, 7-0, on Saturday.
This week, Utah State travels to Weber State on Tuesday, hosts Idaho State on Wednesday and then closes out regular season play with a conference tilt at Nevada on Friday.