Western New Mexico University tennis players Ganna Tiurina (Kiev, Ukraine) and Francisco Damasio (Jundiai, Brazil/Centro Educational Sigma High School) were both named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Players of the Week as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

Tiurina rolled off four straight wins to start the season after an opening loss at New Mexico, she dominated in straight set fashion defeating Pima (6-0, 6-2), Metro State (6-3, 7-5), Chaminade (6-2, 6-0) and #37 Academy of Art (7-6, 6-4) all at the top flight position. In doubles with teammate Ashley Newell (Las Vegas, NV/Silverado) they went 3-3 at the top position. Following an opening loss at New Mexico, the duo cruised to three straight wins over Pima (8-2), Metro State (8-6) and Chaminade (8-4).

Damasio pulled out some tough wins against some of the best players in the country to start the season. He was the only Mustang to grab a set versus the University of New Mexico, as he won a second set tiebreaker and forced a third set before falling. He parlayed that into a three-match winning streak, taking wins over Northern Arizona and Pima in straight sets. His third win of the streak came in a three set marathon against Grand Canyon, as he dropped the first set and then fought off match points to take the second, 7-5 and match, 10-8. After a loss to Fresno Pacific, he came back with straight set wins over Azusa Pacific and Sonoma State. For the week, he went 1-0 at No. 4, 2-1 at No. 5 and 2-1 at No. 6. In doubles, he went 4-4. With teammate Omar Lopez (Naucalpan, Mexico), they defeated CSU-Pueblo, 8-4 and his other three wins came with Alvaro Nunez (Madrid, Spain) as they pulled off wins over Pima (8-1), Fresno Pacific (8-1) and Sonoma State (8-2).

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