CORPUS CHRISTI – Kevin Bettendroffer and Stefania Nicolae have been named the GoIslanders.com Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by Pepsi. Both earned the award for their performances during the weekend in the Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open in Corpus Christi.
Bettendroffer had an impressive start to his collegiate career this weekend in the open. The freshman clinched the men's singles title over fellow Islander Ricardo Mayagoitia. He sealed a 6-3 first-set victory and bounced back from a 5-3 deficit in the second to win three straight games to move ahead 6-5. Mayagoitia fought back to tie the set at 6-6 and force a tiebreaker. Bettendroffer then built a 6-1 lead and won 7-6 (3).
The native of France also picked up the men's doubles crown with partner Guilliame Rauseo. The pair started off strong with a 4-1 lead and sealed it with an 8-4 victory over Harley Pearson and Boburjon Kamijanov of UTSA.
Bettendroffer tallied a 3-0 singles record and a 3-0 doubles record in his first competition as an Islander.
Nicolae won her second women's singles title in three years. She faced Maider Martin in the finals for the second straight year. Last season Martin edged Nicolae 2-6, 6-4 (6) to win the title. This year Nicolae won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the title of the women's singles draw.
The senior has played in three straight Islanders Open women's singles finals. She won the singles title against Natalia Mayagoitia of Lamar in 2011 before falling last season to Martin.
Nicolae also advanced to the women's doubles final with Martin. Over the three-day event, Nicolae tallied a 5-0 singles record.
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2013-14 GoIslanders.com Student-Athlete of the week, presented by Pepsi Weekly Winners:
9-23-13: Kevin Bettendroffer and Stefania Nicolae, Men's and Women's Tennis
9-16-13: Logen Bourque, Volleyball
9-9-13: Ivy Baresh, Volleyball
9-2-13: Yvette Franco, Women's Soccer