|Lozano nabs WAC honor|
DENVER - The Idaho women's tennis team continues to dominate the Western Athletic Conference's Player of the Week award, as sophomore Vicky Lozano became the third Vandal in three weeks to earn the honor Monday.
Lozano beat a pair of regionally ranked opponents and went 3-0 at No. 1 singles on the week, and also went 3-0 at No. 1 doubles with partner Almudena Sanz. She earned straight-sets victories against her opponents from UTEP, New Mexico and New Mexico State, while helping Idaho win the doubles point in all three matches, as the Vandals went 2-1 as a team. Lozano follows senior Molly Knox and Sanz, a sophomore, who won the award the last two weeks. After a strong month in September, Lozano was honored as the WAC Player of the Month.
"This weekend Vicky was at a whole different level than anybody she played," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "She played the No. 9 player in the region and the No. 17 player in the region and basically tore them to pieces. Her concentration was way better than I've ever seen it before. I really hope she keeps this up. I think she can get even better if she maintains this intensity and desire that she has for the game right now."
The Vandals opened the weekend with two wins before falling to New Mexico State, snapping the team's four-match win streak. Idaho is 11-5 on the season.
"The team obviously has a good record right now and the record is like that for a reason," Pollock said. "The last few weekends the girls have really worked for each other. They're excited to play every match. There's no complaints, there's no excuses, there's no feeling sorry for themselves. They just get out there and it's been a joy to watch them play over the last few weeks."
Idaho has this weekend off before traveling to Las Vegas to face Houston on March 16 and Kansas on March 18.