This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - April 3
Thursday, Arpil 5
#26 Fresno State at #47 Cal Poly, 11:00 a.m. PT
Friday, Arpil 6
*New Mexico State at Nevada, 12:00 p.m. PT
Northern Arizona at Idaho, 4:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 7
Pacific at #26 Fresno State, 11:00 a.m. PT
UC Davis at #26 Fresno State, 4:00 p.m. PT
Portland State at New Mexico State (Reno, Nev.), 11:00 a.m. PT
Sunday, April 8
Portland State at Nevada, 10:00 a.m. PT
WAC MEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (March 26-April 1)
DENVER – Fresno State’s Remi Boutillier has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, for the week of March 26-April 1.
Boutillier, a senior from Briancon, France (Externat Notre Dame), went 4-0 in singles and doubles during a doubleheader in Boise, Idaho last Saturday. At No. 1 singles, No. 28 Boutillier defeated Boise State’s No. 56-ranked James Meredith, 3-6, 6-1, (10-8). In the second half of the doubleheader against WAC opponent Utah State, Boutillier bested Sven Poslusny, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 1 doubles, he and partner Francis Alcantara defeated Boise State’s Nathan Sereke and James Meredith, 8-4, and Utah State’s Sven Poslusny and Marcus Fritz, 8-4. Boutillier now stands with a 15-2 singles record and an 11-7 doubles record on the season.
Other men’s nominees included: Hawai’i sophomore Jonathan Brooklyn … Idaho junior Abid Akbar … New Mexico State freshman Germain Degardin … Utah State senior Nate Ballam.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the March 27 ITA rankings, Fresno State is the lone ranked WAC team at No. 26.
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. 28, while his teammate Francis Alcantara is No. 48. Hawai’i’s Jonathan Brooklyn checked into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 99. Wessim Derbel of Nevada garnered a ranking of No. 116.
No. 26 Fresno State went 1-1 last Saturday, falling in the first half of a doubleheader against Boise State, 4-3, but rallying to defeat Utah State, 7-0. The win over the Aggies clinched the regular season WAC championship for the Bulldogs, who went 5-0 in conference play on the season.
This week, the Bulldogs have three duals. Fresno travels to face No. 47 Cal Poly on Thursday, before returning home for a doubleheader on Saturday against Pacific and UC Davis.
Last week, Hawai’i defeated UC Davis, 6-1, on Friday, improving to 4-9 on the season. Sophomore Jonathan Brooklyn, ranked No. 99 in the country, topped Toki Sherbakov in No. 1singles to run his overall win streak to seven, spanning two weeks and three matches.
This week, Hawai’i is off. The Warriors return to action on April 9 against New Mexico in Las Vegas, Nev.
Last week, Idaho went 2-0 on a road trip to Las Cruces, N.M. The Vandals defeted UT Arlington, 6-1, on Saturday and then defeated WAC foe New Mexico State, 5-2, on Sunday. The win over NMSU was the Vandals first conference win of the season.
This week, the Vandals host Northern Arizona on Friday.
Nevada was off last week.
This week, the Wolf Pack return to action on Friday to host New Mexico State in a conference tilt and then face Portland State on Sunday.
NEW MEXICO STATE
Last week, New Mexico State went 1-2. The Aggies fell to UT Arlington, 4-3, on Friday, defeated Northern Arizona, 5-2, on Saturday and dropped a conference dual to Idaho, 2-5, on Sunday.
This week, the Aggies travel to Reno, Nev. for two matches. NMSU will face conference foe Nevada on Friday and Portland State on Saturday.
Last week, Utah State fell to No. 26 Fresno State, 7-0. The loss dropped the Aggies to 0-2 in conference play.
This week, the Aggies are off. The Aggies return to action on April 13 against Hawai’i.