BOISE, Idaho - On Thursday (April 28) night the Boise State men's tennis team earned individual recognition for its success on the courts this spring, as four Broncos received All-Western Athletic Conference honors to go along with Andy Bettles being named WAC Freshman of the Year.
Bettles, a Somerset, England (Reeds School) native, earned the Freshman of the Year award after compiling an outstanding first season at Boise State. After starting the spring at No. 6 in the singles rotation Bettles worked his way to the top of the lineup, playing No. 1 in Boise State's last three regular season matches. He would finish the regular season with a 20-6 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 record against WAC opponents. He also teamed up with Filipp Pogostkin to earn a 17-6 doubles record in dual competition.
Joining Bettles with conference honors are Damian Hume, Scott Sears, Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke. Hume led the way for Boise State in singles and doubles this season, as he was named first team All-WAC in both. He teamed up with Sears to earn the all-conference doubles nod. Mullen and Sereke, meanwhile, were voted second team All-WAC in doubles after a strong season playing at No. 2 for the Broncos.
Boise State opens its run at the 2011 WAC Championships hosted by Boise State University on Friday (April 28) with a quarterfinal showdown against No. 5 seed Hawai'i. The No. 4 Broncos will meet the Warriors at 6 p.m. at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center.
2011 WAC Men's Tennis Award Winners
First Team All-WAC Singles
Remi Boutillier, Fresno State
Marius Cirstea, Idaho
Rikus de Villiers, Fresno State
Damian Hume, Boise State
Dennis Lajola, Hawai'i
Lachlan Reed, Idaho
First Team All-WAC Doubles
Rikus de Villiers/Remi Boutillier, Fresno State
Damian Hume/Scott Sears, Boise State
Dennis Lajola/Jon Brooklyn, Hawai'i
Second Team All-WAC Singles
Jakob Asplund, Utah State
Jim Brouleau, New Mexico State
Wessim Derbel, Nevada
Leo Rosenberg, Hawai'i
Orlando Superlano, New Mexico State
Arthur Surreaux, New Mexico State
Second Team All-WAC Doubles
Jim Brouleau/Matej Stakne, New Mexico State
Bryan Marchant/Sven Poslusny, Utah State
Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke, Boise State
WAC Player of the Year: Dennis Lajola, Hawai'i
WAC Freshman of the Year: Andy Bettles, Boise State
WAC Coach of the Year: Jay Udwadia, Fresno State