LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State men’s tennis player Daniel Fernandez was named Player of the Week for the week of April 8-14, the Western Athletic Conference announced Monday. The honor is the first for Fernandez and second for the NM State tennis team this season.
Fernandez, a freshman from Aguascalientes, Mexico, extended his win streak to six matches in singles play 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 each of 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 the 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.
The NM State men’s tennis team takes a week off before heading into the WAC Championships, April 25-28, in Denver, Colo.