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Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Bendeck, Sanz earn WAC honors
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/22/2014
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DENVER – Idaho’s Jose Bendeck and Almudena Sanz have been named the Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for April 14-20.

Bendeck, a senior from Barranquilla, Colombia, combined to go 4-0 in singles and doubles during the week, playing all four of his matches at the No. 1 position and helping Idaho earn the No. 2 seed in this week’s WAC tournament. Bendeck beat Montana’s No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles duo in close matches to help Idaho pull out the 4-2 win. He won in three sets at No. 1 singles and won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. Against LCSC, Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos Salazar, the No. 89 doubles pairing in the ITA National Rankings, won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles before Bendeck capped off his Senior Day with another tough three-set win at the top singles spot.

“Jose has had a great year and is just adding to his list of Player of the Week awards,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “He has been a leader in terms of results, and pushing his teammates and sharing his knowledge. It’s definitely a well-deserved award and it’s great to see him get it.”

Sanz, a senior from Oviedo, Spain, clinched Idaho’s 4-3 win over Oregon on her Senior Day with her three-set, comeback win at No. 2 singles, with the match tied 3-3. Sanz was down 4-2 in the second set against Oregon’s Jasmine Minor, and later faced a 40-love deficit trailing 6-5 in the match, before rallying to force a third set and eventually clinch the victory for Idaho. Her doubles win against the Ducks was equally as important, as it was a difference-maker for the doubles point for the Vandals, who lost at No. 3 doubles but won the point with Nos. 1 and 2 victories. Sanz also pulled out a three-set win at Montana in No. 2 singles keeping the Vandals alive in that match. For the week, Sanz went a combined 3-1, and improved her singles record to 14-7 on the season, all at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, and her doubles record to 17-4, all at No. 1.

“It’s great to see Almu win this award after her great Senior Day,” Beaman said. “To clinch that big win after being down big against Oregon was a great way to cap off her career and hopefully give her confidence heading into the conference tournament.”

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