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Montana State Bobcats' Joaqin Espinoza named Big Sky Conference men’s tennis player of the week

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 09, 2021

(Editor's Note: Montana State Press Release)

BOZEMAN -- The Big Sky Conference named Bobcat junior Joaqin Espinoza the league’s Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday for his efforts in helping lead Montana State to a season-opening sweep of two non-conference matches against Idaho State.

A junior from La Paz, Bolivia, Espinoza won both his singles matches on the weekend, and partnered with Brad Buckland to win a doubles match on Saturday that helped the Cats clinch that point. His efforts helped the Bobcats beat Idaho State 4-3 in the season-opening dual on Saturday, and win 5-2 on Sunday.

Playing at No. 2 singles, Espinoza won a pair of third set tie-breakers against ISU’s Aleksander Petrovic. Espinoza grabbed a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) win on Saturday and emerging from a 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7) epic on Sunday. Both of Espinoza’s singles wins pushed the Bobcats within one match of clinching the team victory.

The award is Espinoza’s first, and the first for any Bobcat since Alexander Flink earned it in the last week of the 2019 season.