SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — On Wednesday, it was announced that UC Santa Barbara's Nicolas Moreno de Alboran earned Big West Men's Tennis Co-Athlete of the Week alongside Cal Poly's Josh Ortlip.
"I think it is great he won, he's been playing really well and it's nice he was awarded this. I think there will be more to come," Head Coach Marty Davis said.
This is only the juniors second time being awarded this honor, a surprise considering how good he is. His last win came his freshman year, the same season he claimed Big West Freshman of the Year honors.
Moreno de Alboran earned the honors thanks in large part to a dominating performance in both singles and doubles which earned his team two victories at home to begin the season and improving UCSB to 3-1 overall with two 6-1 victories over SDSU and Fresno State.
Playing on court one in both wins, the New York native defeated San Diego State's Santiago Cevallos in three sets by scores of 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The junior then crushed Fresno State's Xander Veys the next day, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, alongside partner Anders Holm, the then No. 44 doubles team in the nation dominated the weekend blanking the Aztec duo of Cevallos and Arnuad Restifo, 6-0 and defeating Fresno State's Veys/Mantas Bugailiskis 6-2, the next day.
Currently, Moreno de Alboran holds an overall mark of 2-1 in singles and 3-1 in doubles. His only losses in both singles and doubles came against then No. 5 USC.
Along with being named Player of the Week for just the second time in his brilliant career thus far, the ITA rankings were also released on Wednesday with Moreno de Alboran staying on the list of the Top 125 best players in the country at No. 71.
Being ranked No. 44 at the beginning of the season, the large drop-off seems to be a bit harsh, especially considering the junior's only loss came against No. 11 Brandon Holt of USC in a tough three-set match, however, Moreno de Alboran is still ranked and still has plenty of tennis ahead of him to continue moving back up. Unfortunately, he and his partner, Holm, did drop out of the doubles rankings entirely.
"Nic is playing great tennis and it's unfortunate he dropped so far and he and Anders dropped out of doubles entirely, but he is still the only guy from the Big West ranked so that's a plus and he's got a ton of good matches coming up," Davis said.
UCSB and Moreno de Alboran will be back in action at noon on Sunday, Feb. 11th against the 2-1 University of San Diego at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.