DENVER, Colo. – New Mexico State men’s tennis players Daniel Fernandez, Luis Fernandez and Marc Westgate each collected All-WAC 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.
"It was a great night for the men's team," head coach Carlos Vargas said. "It felt good to have my top three players recognized in many ways and especially for Daniel to receive the Freshman of the Year award. As far as I remember this is the first time we receive this award. This is well deserved and I'm happy to see all their hard work being recognized."
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.
Ramirez was named All-WAC second team after finishing 8-7 in singles play, mainly at the No. 1 spot, and 3-2 in conference play. He claimed a two-set win over No. 61 Texas A&M Corpus Christi and helped the Aggies to a No. 4 seed in the WAC Tournament by winning his final two matches this season.
Ramirez and Westgate paired up at the No. 1 position for an 11-9 doubles record, good enough to be named second team all-conference. The duo earned three wins over ranked teams, including a 9-8 (7-3) win over No. 66 and Rio Grande rival New Mexico. The pair finished the season with an 8-6 win over the duo from Utah State just over a week ago.
The Aggies enter the 2013 edition of the WAC Tournament with the No. 4 seed and riding a two-match win streak. NM State meets No. 5 Utah State, Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. The winner of Friday’s match will face No. 1 seed Denver on Saturday morning.