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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 20
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SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 20

*New Mexico State at #18 Fresno State, 5:00 p.m. PT
Nevada vs. #73 UAB (Boise, Idaho), 3:00 a.m. MT

Wednesday, March 21

Utah State vs. #73 UAB (Boise, Idaho), 9:30 a.m. MT

Thursday, March 22

*New Mexico State vs. Hawai’i (Fresno, Calif.), 11:00 a.m. PT

Friday, March 23

*Idaho vs. Nevada (Boise State Spring Classic, Boise, Idaho), 3:00 p.m. MT
#27 Tulsa at #18 Fresno State, 5:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, March 24

Idaho/Nevada vs. TBA (Boise State Spring Classic, Boise, Idaho), TBA
*Hawai’i at #18 Fresno State, 2:30 p.m. PT
New Mexico State vs. UTSA (Lubbock, Texas), TBA

Sunday, March 25

Idaho/Nevada vs. TBA (Boise State Spring Classic, Boise, Idaho), TBA
Hawai’i vs. #27 Tulsa (Fresno, Calif.), 10:00 a.m. PT
New Mexico State at #29 Texas Tech, 12:00 p.m. CT

*WAC matchup

WAC MEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (March 12-18)

Hawai’i’s Dmytro Kovalyov has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for March 12-18.

Kovalyov, a junior from Yalta, Ukraine (Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School), went 2-0 in singles play, helping the Warriors go 2-0 last week. Kovalyov earned a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Nevada’s Moez Chargui in No. 3 singles, helping the Warriors open conference play with a 4-3 win. In UH’s loss to Loyola Marymount, he earned one of UH’s two points with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Sebastian Bustamante. Along with teammate Jonathan Brooklyn, he went 1-1 in No. 1 doubles play, earning a win over Nevada and falling in a tiebreaker to Nevada.

Other men’s nominees included: Idaho sophomore Jose Bendeck … New Mexico State senior Matej Stakne.

WAC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

In the March 20 ITA rankings, Fresno State is the lone ranked WAC team at No. 18.

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. 22, while his teammate Francis Alcantara is No. 58. Wessim Derbel of Nevada garnered a ranking of No. 115. In doubles, Fresno State’s Boutillier and Alcantara are at No. 65, while Idaho’s Andrew Dobbs and Marius Cirstea check in at No. 79

TEAM RECAPS

FRESNO STATE
No. 18 Fresno State was off last week. In its last action, FSU improved to 11-1 on the season with victories over Wisconsin, 4-3, on March 10 and over Idaho, 6-1, in WAC dual on March 12.

This week, the Bulldogs host three matches, including two conference duals. In conference play, the Bulldogs host New Mexico State on Tuesday and Hawai’i on Saturday. Sandwiched in the middle is a match vs. No. 27 Tulsa on Friday.

HAWAI’I
Hawai’i  fell to Loyola Marymount, 5-2, in its only match last week. Chas Okamoto and Dmytro Kovalyov earned wins for UH, at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles slots, respectively.

This week, Hawai’i travels to Fresno, Calif., for three matches. In conference play, the Warriors face New Mexico State on We and No. 18 Fresno State on Saturday. A match against No. 27 Tulsa follows on Sunday.

IDAHO

Idaho fell to Arizona, 4-3, in its only match last week in Boise, Idaho. Sophomore Jose Bendeck won easily in singles and doubles. He picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles and an 8-4 win at the top doubles spot with partner Cristobal Ramos-Salzar.

This week, the Vandals stay Boise for three matches, at the Boise State Spring Classic. The Vandals face Nevada in a conference dual to begin the tournament on Friday. UI will then play another dual on Friday, before wrapping up its final match of the tournament on Saturday.

NEVADA

Last week, Nevada was off.

This week, Nevada will play four matches in Boise, Idaho. The Wolf Pack open with UAB on Tuesday. From Friday-Sunday Nevada will take part in the Boise State Spring Classic. The Wolf Pack open against WAC foe Idaho on Friday. UN will then play another dual on Friday, before wrapping up its final match of the tournament on Saturday.

NEW MEXICO STATE

Last week, New Mexico State was off.

This week, the Aggies travel to Fresno, Calif., and Lubbock, Texas, for four matches. In Fresno, the Aggies will play two conference duals, against No. 18 Fresno State on Tuesday and Hawai’i on Tuesday. In Lubbock, the Aggies will face UTSA on Saturday and No. 29 Texas Tech on Sunday.

UTAH STATE

Last week, Utah State was off.

This week, the Aggies are back in action next against No. 73 UAB, on Tuesday, in Boise, Idaho.

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