Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M.– The Western Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday the WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week, as New Mexico State’s Susana Alcaraz garnered the award for the third time this season.
Tuesday was the fifth time this spring that a NM State Player was named WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week.
“It’s great that we are consistently getting recognized for our great play,” NM State head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We need to keep this focus and momentum going into conference play.”
This is the second-consecutive week that Alcaraz claimed the award, and her play in doubles’ and singles’ have helped the Aggies win five of their last six matches.
“I’ve been super impressed with Susie’s play so far,” Fernandez said. “She has been extremely consistent and is fighting hard in every match.”
Alcaraz and doubles’ partner Erika Castillo Lopez have won six matches and have only dropped two since being switched to the No. 1 doubles’ spot on Feb. 27 against Kansas. The No. 1 Aggie paring have also helped NM State claim the doubles’ point against its last seven opponents.
On Sunday against Western Michigan, Alcaraz and Lopez defeated the No. 47 nationally-ranked doubles’ team with a 6-1 victory over Caroline Aleck and Meika Ashby, 6-1.
In singles, Alcaraz leads NM State with 8 victories, including a current six-match winning streak that started on Feb. 8 against UNLV. Alcaraz is yet to drop a singles’ match since Feb. 7 against Kansas.
Junior Ashvarya Shrivistava is currently second on the team in singles’ wins with 6, and has been named WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week twice this season.
The NM State women’s tennis team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. on Satruday to renew the 1-25 rivalry against New Mexico.
2014-15 WAC Women’s Tennis Accolades
September WAC Athlete of the Month: Ashvarya Shrivistava
October WAC Athlete of the Month: Ashvarya Shrivistava
Feb. 2 WAC Athlete of the Week: Ashvarya Shrivistava
Feb. 10 WAC Athlete of the Week: Susana Alcaraz
Feb. 17 WAC Athlete of the Week: Ashvarya Shrivistava
March 3 WAC Athlete of the Week: Susana Alcaraz
March 10 WAC Athlete of the Week: Susana Alcaraz