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Menís Tennis Player of the Week Ė No. 7

May 02, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nathan Martinet of Fresno Pacific (Calif.) has been named the final NAIA Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the 2012 season, the national office announced Wednesday. Martinet was selected based on his performances from April 23 – 29 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group player of the week selections. The honor is the second such award in the career of Martinet, who also received Player of the Week on April 6, 2011.

The sophomore native of Pau, France, trumped a loaded 32-player singles field at the Ojai Tournament held April 27 – 29 in Ojai, Calif. Martinet, who entered the event unseeded, won five matches in three days, all in straight sets. His most impressive wins came over fourth-seeded Bryan Cox (6-4, 6-2) of Westmont (Calif.) and over teammate and top-seeded Xavier Smith (6-3, 6-3) in the championship match.

Martinet improved to 22-1 in singles play this season for the No. 1-ranked Sunbirds, who have clinched a trip to the National Championships after claiming the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Nominees: McKay Inman, Hastings (Neb.); Sebastian Esquetini, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Ty Butler, Indiana East; Renardy Guelfi, Oklahoma Christian; Reid Rosen, Morningside (Iowa); Zach Taylor, Xavier (La.); Stephen Woods, Asbury (Ky.); Ross Schulenberg, Doane (Neb.).

2012 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Simon Felix, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 2: Marlu Jansen Van Vuuren, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Week 3: Jochem Hoefnagels, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Week 4: Loic Didavi, Xavier (La.)
Week 5: Corey Huggins, Xavier (La.)
Week 6: Marcelo Alecio, Bethany (Kan.)
Week 7: Nathan Martinet, Fresno Pacific (Calif.)