DENVER- 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.