Moreno de Alboran Named Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran captured his fourth career Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award after collecting a singles and doubles victory over nationally ranked competition the league announced Wednesday.

Moreno de Alboran toppled No. 118 Zdenek Derkas of Fresno State by a score of 6-3, 6-0 and his win helped the Gauchos to a 4-1 road victory. He also won both of his doubles matches with partner Anders Holm at the No. 1 position. The most impressive win was against No. 19-ranked August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov of San Diego, 6-1. It was their first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Moreno de Alboran and Holm also defeated Fresno State's Angus Bradshaw and Mantas Bugailiskis in doubles, 6-3. The No. 9 ranked singles player in the country, Moreno de Alboran's only setback of the week came in a three-set loss to USD's Gui Osorio, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Moreno de Alboran is 2-2 in singles and 3-2 in doubles this season.