|Cirstea most recent WAC honoree|
DENVER - For the second week in a row, an Idaho men's tennis player is the recipient of the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor. This week, it's sophomore Marius Cirstea who earned the nod after helping the Vandals to a 3-1 record with a perfect week at No. 1 singles
Cirstea, a sophomore from Bucharest, Romania, went 4-0 at the top singles spot, including a win over No. 89 Damian Hume from Boise State. He helped the Vandals to wins over Wichita State, Marquette and Saint Mary's on the week, with Idaho's only loss coming 4-3 to No. 61 Boise State. In doubles play, Cirstea teamed with Alex Joitoiu to go 1-1, winning at No. 1 doubles over Marquette, and falling at the top spot to BSU's No. 76 ranked team of Hume and Scotty Sears.
After starting 4-7 in singles on the season Cirstea has won five of his last six singles matches to improve to 9-8, playing all of his matches at the No. 1 spot. He is 11-3 in No. 1 doubles with Joitoiu this season.
"Marius has made great strides with his mental approach to the game and dealing with adversity in matches," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "He has always had the talent to compete with any player in the country, so it is really great to see him put it together on a consistent basis."
Last week it was Idaho senior Lachlan Reed who earned WAC Player of the week honors for the Vandals.
Idaho is 14-3 on the season, and its 4-3 loss to Boise State on March 26 snapped a seven-match win streak. The Vandals have moved up to No. 54 in this week's national rankings, making it the second straight week Idaho has earned the highest national ranking in program history. The Vandals were ranked No. 57 last week. Idaho's 14-3 record and .824 winning percentage are both best in the WAC, which has five out of seven teams ranked in the country's top 75. Fresno State is the WAC's highest ranked team at No. 41, while Boise State is No. 50. Behind Idaho is No. 55 Hawai'i, and No. 67 New Mexico State.
The Vandals are off they host a huge WAC weekend with home matches against Utah State (11-6, 2-1 WAC) on April 8, Fresno State (7-8, 0-0) on April 9 and Hawai'i, (4-8, 0-0) on April 10.