Mountain West Conference Announces Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
Air Force's Lance Wilhelm, UNLV's Mehdi Bouras and Utah's Anastasia Putilina earn the awards
Feb. 16, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Air Force’s Lance Wilhelm and UNLV’s Mehdi Bouras have been named the Mountain West Conference Co-Men's Tennis Players of the Week, while Utah’s Anastasia Putilina has been selected as the Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
Wilhelm, who hails from Gig Harbor, Wash., went a combined 2-0 last Sunday in Air Force’s 5-2 loss to New Mexico State in Colorado Springs, Colo. Positioned at the top of the singles lineup, Wilhelm knocked off the Aggies’ No. 1 singles player, 75th-ranked Arthur Surreaux, 6-0, 6-3. Earlier in the match, Wilhelm teamed with Andy Jackson at the top doubles position to defeat the New Mexico State tandem of Jim Bouleau and Matej Stanke, 8-5.
A product of Paris, France, Bouras went 6-0 last week to lead UNLV to three-straight home wins over Utah State (6-1), UC Riverside (7-0) and Idaho State (6-1). In Thursday’s match against the Aggies, the senior teamed with Tamas Batyi to knock off Alex Thatcher and Fredrick Peterson, 8-3, at the No. 2 doubles position, before downing Sven Poslusny in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) at the top of the singles lineup. Bouras completed the weekend slate by tallying a 4-0 record in Saturday’s doubleheader vs. UC Riverside and Idaho State. Against the Highlanders, Bouras, the 76th-ranked singles player in the country, netted a 6-4, 6-3 win over Quoc Doan at the No. 1 spot. Earlier in the dual, the senior teamed with Bernard Schoeman to defeat Doan and Michael Conroy, 8-6, at the top of the doubles lineup. Bouras concluded the doubleheader by securing a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Bengals’ Danel Barrenechea at the No. 1 singles spot, after partnering with Schoeman to down Gilberto Azevedo and Diego Cavalcanti, 8-4, at the top of the doubles lineup.
Putilina, the 114th-ranked singles player in the nation, topped Boise State’s Lauren Megale at the No. 1 singles spot to help No. 43 Utah defeat the 38th-ranked Broncos, 5-2, last Saturday in Salt Lake City. Earlier in the match, the Belgorod, Russia native teamed with Paige Miles to give the Utes their lone doubles win, an 8-6 decision over Megale and Marlena Pieztuch at the top of the doubles lineup.