Men's Tennis News

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Men's Tennis News

Fernandez, Ramirez, Westgate Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s tennis players Daniel Fernandez, Luis Fernandez and Marc Westgate each collected All-Western Athletic Conference accolades for the 2013 spring season, the conference office announced Thursday.

Fernandez, a freshman from Aguascalientes, Mexico, was named WAC Freshman of the Year and first team All-WAC for his work on the court. Senior Luis Fernandez was named All-WAC second team for singles, while he and junior Marc Westgate were named second team all-conference for doubles play.
Fernandez finished the regular season 15-4 in singles overall and 4-0 in WAC play, winning each of his conference matches in straight sets. He was named WAC Player of the Week twice during the spring and helped the Aggies to a 13-8 season record, 3-2 in league play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Fernandez Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Daniel Fernandez has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Players of the Week for the week of April 8-14.

Fernandez, a freshman from Aguascalientes, Mexico (Tec de Monterrey), extended his win streak to six matches and moved to a perfect 4-0 n WAC play at the on the No. 2 court after a 2-0 weekend record. He defeated both his WAC opponents in straight sets and battled a tough first set against Zach Kosanke of Seattle U (75, 6-3) before coming up with the two-game win. He defeated Utah State’s Fredrik Peterson, 6-1, 6-4. Fernandez split his weekend in doubles play with partner Paul Denele at the No. 3 spot. The Aggie duo knocked off Flavio Malagutti and Kyle Rapp of Seattle U, 8-5 on Friday, but fell in a close 8-6 decision to the pair from Utah State for just his third loss in doubles play this season. Fernandez is 12-3 at the No. 3 spot in double play this season and improves to 15-4 in singles play and 11-2 at the second position.

Aggie Tennis Teams Collect Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the All-Academic teams and individual scholar athletes for the 2011-12 season. Four athletes from the women's team and the senior captain from the men's team were honored as scholar-athletes for New Mexico State.

The Aggie women's team earned the ITA All-Academic team award for the fifth straight year and ninth time in 10 seasons.

Departed 2012 senior Manon Sylvain earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors for the second time in her NM State career. Rising senior Jodie Williams and rising junior Annemieke Witte were each recognized by the organization for the second straight season. Additionally, Denise Van Der Ben earned her first honor from the ITA after completing her freshman campaign.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2012 All-WAC Men's And Women's Tennis Teams Announced

2012 WAC Men's Tennis Award Winners

First Team All-WAC Singles
Remi Boutillier, Fresno State
Jean-Charles Diame, Fresno State
Francis Casey Alcantara, Fresno State
Jonathan Brooklyn, Hawai’i
Wessim Derbel, Nevada
Matej Stakne, New Mexico State

First Team All-WAC Doubles
Francis Alcantara and Remi Boutillier, Fresno State
Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, Hawai’i
Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos Salazar, Idaho

Second Team All-WAC Singles
David Ayoun, Fresno State
Dmytro Kovalyov, Hawai’i
Marius Cirstea, Idaho
Abid Akbar, Idaho
Victor Ouvrard, Nevada
Sven Poslusny, Utah State

Second Team All-WAC Doubles
David Ayoun and Zach Leslie, Fresno State
Wessim Derbel and Fernando Sunago, Nevada
Marc Westgate and Luis Ramirez, New Mexico State

WAC Player of the Year: Remi Boutillier, Fresno State  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marc Westgate Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men's tennis sophomore earned Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Month for his play in September the conference office announced Tuesday.

The award marks the first career honor from the conference for Westgate and the first of the year for the Aggies. Last season, NM State players won three honors from the WAC. Departed senior Jim Brouleau was named WAC Player of the Week on April 26. Last September departed senior Arthur Surreaux earned Player of the Month honors while current senior Matej Stakne followed by winning the award last October.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Matej Stakne Ready For His Senior Debut

Written By: Ashley deGruyter for NM State Athletic Dept.

Kicking off your senior year as an athlete always brings mixed emotions, but New Mexico State senior tennis player Matej Stakne is ready for it. As one of four returning players, and the only senior, the native of Croatia has a big season ahead of him.

Starting tennis at the age of seven was not Stakne's first sport of choice. "I actually wanted to play soccer at first, but they told me 'oh you are too little'. So that is when I decided that I would try tennis as a sport," Stakne said.

Tennis first started as just any other game for Stakne. After playing for a while and getting into tournaments Stakne realized he was a solid tennis player. It was at that point that tennis turned into more than just a game and he developed an actual love for the sport.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Both Aggie Tennis Teams Claim Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced the All-Academic teams and individual scholar-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Four athletes from the women's team and three players from the men's team were honored as scholar-athletes for New Mexico State.

The women's team earned the ITA All-Academic team award for the eighth time in nine seasons. The men's squad attained the team honor for the fourth time since 2005.

On the women's side, departed senior and 2011 student volunteer coach Isabela Kulaif earned individual academic honors from the ITA. Joining Kulaif as ITA Scholar Athletes were juniors Ginet Pinero and Jodie Williams alongside sophomore Annemieke Witte. It marked the first honor from the ITA for each of the women.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ball To Be Inducted Into USTA Southwest Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The United States Tennis Association Southwest Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the newly-elected class for 2011. Former New Mexico State Tennis Head Coach Don Ball has been selected for this year’s class.

Ball was recently tabbed for induction by the Southwest Hall of Fame committee for his continued dedication, service and commitment to the sport. He will be enshrined, Nov. 19 at the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Surreaux Prepares For First Round Of NCAA Division I Singles Tennis Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Stanford, Calif.-New Mexico State University men's tennis team senior Arthur Surreaux will face No. 19 John Peers from Baylor University in the opening round of singles in the Division I NCAA Championships Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. (MT).

Surreaux, currently ranked No. 85 in singles, was the only player from the entire Western Athletic Conference to be selected to compete in the singles bracket of the Division I NCAA Championships.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brouleau Collects Academic All-District Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s tennis player Jim Brouleau earned Capital One Academic All-District VI first team honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced.

Brouleau is an at-large selection and now qualifies for the All-America honor. A Poitiers, France, native, Brouleau earned his bachelor’s degree in international business in May 2011 with a 3.73 G.P.A.

“It’s not surprising,” head coach Carlos Vargas. “Jim was as good a student as he was a player. Ever since he got here, he has been able to take care of his academics and that’s especially hard being on the road. We had many late night returns and coming back tired to the hotel, and I would see him get his work done and he was very responsible. He never lost focus of the importance of getting his work done even when we were traveling and competing as much as we did.”  Continue Reading This Post >>