Fresno State’s Rudolf Siwy and Nevada’s Caroline Bailly have been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, for March 2-8.
Siwy, a senior from Trinec, Czech Republic (Gymnasium Trinec), teamed up with Mirko Zapletal to notch a doubles win against the No. 8 doubles team in the nation to help propel Fresno State to a 1-1 record against ranked teams over the weekend. The duo defeated No. 8 Omar Altman and Bassam Beidas of No. 14 Pepperdine, 8-6. Siwy and Zapletal registered the Bulldogs’ only doubles win in the 6-1 setback to the Waves. Playing at the No. 1 singles spot, the No. 44th-ranked Siwy overcame a close first set but rolled in the second set in the defeat of Elliot Wronski (No. 72 UNLV), 7-6, 6-1. The singles win helped the Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over the Rebels.
Bailly, a senior from Liege, Belgium (A.R.M. Bevoets), earned her first win against a ranked opponent this weekend after a 7-6, 3-2 (retired) defeat of No. 70 Pichittra Thongdach of No. 25 Boise State. Bailly also defeated Kristina Nedeltcheva 4-6, 7-6 (10-5) in Nevada’s 4-3 loss to No. 69 UNLV. Both her wins came at the No. 1 position, where she is currently on a three-match winning streak.
Other male nominees included: New Mexico State’s Arthur Surreaux, Boise State’s James Meredith, Nevada’s Alex Daruty, Utah State’s Jordan Barlow and Idaho’s Artem Kuznetsov.
Other female nominees included: Boise State’s Laura Baum, Utah State’s Hailey Swenson and San Jose State’s Olivia Marshall.