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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 7

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 7
 
NMSU, SU, UMKC AND GCU REPRESENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS
NM State's Louis Menard and Seattle U's Martina Asciuto, Kansas City doubles team Tom Kruse and Daniel Izadifar and Grand Canyon doubles team Emilia Occhipinti and Celina Buhr have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for January 29-Feb. 4.
 
Menard, a sophomore from Annecy, France, remained undefeated in duals adding three more wins on the season. He moves to 4-0 defeating opponents from UNLV, UC Riverside, and Hawaii over the weekend. His most dominating win came against UC Riverside as he clinched the victory 6-2, 6-1.
 
Asciuto, a freshman from Irvine, Calif., finished the weekend 3-0 winning against competition from Whitman, Eastern Washington, and Lewis-Clark State. Her biggest victory was over Eastern Washington defeating Stephanie Broussard 6-4, 7-5.
 
Kruse, a junior from Flensburg, Germany, and Izadifar, a junior from Tonsberg, Norway, advanced to 2-1 on the year in doubles play picking up wins over Illinois State and Northern Illinois. The duo put away competition 6-3 and 6-4. 
 
Occhipinti, a junior from Ragusa, Italy, and Celina Buhr, a junior from Hamburg, Germany, won their third match in a row against CSU Fullerton. The pair won by a close margin, 7-5.
 
Other male singles nominees: Kansas City's Ben Stride added two wins against Illinois State and Northern Illinois. 
 
Other female singles nominees: Emilia Occhipinti of Grand Canyon won her fourth singles match in a row over CSU Fullerton… Kansas City's Riddhi Sharma won against South Dakota 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
 
Other male doubles nominees: NM State's Luis Flores and Nicolas Buitrago won against UNLV but left two other matches against UC Riverside and Hawaii unfinished. 
 
Other female doubles nominees: Katie Fries and Thanushree Vale lost twice in close matches to South Dakota and Nebraska.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC WOMEN'S TENNIS
CHICAGO STATE
The Cougars competed in just one match this past week falling to Illinois State, 1-6. CSU's solo point came in doubles as Kristina Pukhaeva and Lizi Morgoshia and Anastasii Goncharova and Iesha Shepherd both won their matches.
 
GRAND CANYON
The Lopes faced Cal State Fullerton in a 1-6 loss. Emilia Occhipinti picked up one point for GCU with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Occhipinti and Celina Buhr also won their doubles match 7-5.
 
KANSAS CITY
Kansas City lost 1-6 to South Dakota and 0-4 to Nebraska. Against South Dakota, Riddhi Sharma defeated her opponent 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
 
NM STATE
The Aggies dropped one match to Arizona, 0-7.
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U earned two wins over Whitman College and Lewis-Clark State College but fell to Eastern Washington 1-6. Against Whitman College the Redhawks snagged a victory 6-1. They swept the doubles matches along with winning all but one singles match. SU earned the sweep over Lewis-Clark with a  7-0 victory. Martina Asciuto earned one point for the Redhawks against Eastern Washington.
 
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley lost 2-5 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UTRGV earned the doubles point sweeping all three matches and Dominique Ibarra picked up one singles point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
 
2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley on April 26-28 in Brownsville, Texas. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed and No. 3 seed takes on No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a ticket straight to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the WAC representative. The reigning tournament champion is NM State as they defeated NM State 4-0 in the Championship match last year.
 
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.