Melanie Roberts Named MWC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

March 15, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

SDSU Senior Alex Waske (Frankfurt, Germany)and University of Wyoming senior Melanie Roberts (St. Louis, Mo.) arethis week?s McLeodUSA Mountain West Conference Men?s and Women?s TennisPlayers of the Week, respectively.

Roberts had an outstanding week as team captain, leading the Cowgirls totheir third victory of the season, by defeating Iowa State, 5-4. Shestarted the dual match off on the right note by claiming a win at theNo. 1 singles position in straight sets. Roberts then paired withShirley Mendoza at the No. 1 doubles position to clinch the team victorywith an 8-6 win over Noortje Cornelissen and Tara Goedjen. The Cowgirlseniors of Roberts and Mendoza had the winning combination and sealedthe teams? fate. Wyoming improved to 3-6 in duals. Roberts is now 9-9 onthe season in singles and also has nine wins in doubles. She has thesecond-best individual record on the team.

Waske went undefeated in his three singles and doubles matches to helpthe Aztecs post a 2-1 team record against Toledo (7-0), Fresno State(3-4) and Texas Tech (5-2) during the week. Waske used straight sets todefeat Toledo?s Jorge Morales (6-0, 6-4), Fresno State?s Peter Luczak(6-2, 6-3) and Texas Tech?s Tyan Shupe (6-0, 6-2) at No. 1 singles. Indoubles competition he paired with Valentino Pest and Adam Webster todefeat the teams of Carlos Lomena/Josh Weinstein, Luczak/David Mullins,and Borut Martincivic/Joiginj Cerion, in the respective matches, all byscores of 8-5 in the No. 1 slot.

This is the second player of the week honor for Waske, and the thirdselection for the SDSU men who have been playing nationally ranked teamsall season, and defeated 46th ranked Texas Tech this week.This is the first player of the week honor for the Wyoming women thisseason and the first selection for Roberts.

McLeodUSA Mountain West Conference Men?s Tennis Players of the Week:Feb. 2 ? Oliver Maiberger (Fr.) SDSU, Feb. 9 ? Tom DeAngelis (Sr.) AFA,Feb. 16 ? Danny Erez (Jr.) UNLV, Feb. 21 ? Alex Waske (Sr.) SDSU, Mar. 1? Gert Vilms (So.) BYU, Mar. 8 ? Vladimir Pavicevic (Jr.) UNLV, Mar. 15? Alex Waske (Sr.) SDSU.

McLeodUSA Mountain West Conference Women?s Tennis Players of the Week:Feb. 2 ? Katarina Malec (Sr.) UNLV, Feb. 9 ? Megan Payne-Dorny (Sr.)Utah, Feb. 16 ? Katarina Malec (Sr.) UNLV, Feb. 21 ? Whitney Wells (Jr.)SDSU, Mar. 1 ? Kim Kelly (Sr.) BYU, Mar. 8 ? Dominika Gerwin (Sr.) UNM,Mar. 15 ? Melanie Roberts (Sr.) Wyoming.