MISSOULA — Alex Canellopoulos is the lone senior on Montana's men's tennis team and he played like a seasoned veteran last week.
He went undefeated in singles and doubles over the course of the Grizzlies' two-match spring break trip to Las Vegas, picking up a pair of straight-set wins over two Mountain West opponents at the UNLV Runnin' Rebels' home venue. Now riding a four-match win streak, Canellopoulos was named the Big Sky Player of the Week on Wednesday.
In two singles matches at No. 1, the native of Athens, Greece, allowed his opponents just six games, defeating UNLV's Olle Thestrup 6-2, 6-0, and Boist State's Jack Heslin 6-3, 6-1.
With his partner Ludvig Hallgren, Canellopoulos also picked up a pair of doubles wins at No 1. They muscled their way to a 7-5 win over UNLV's Sauer/Thestrup, then breezed past Boise State's DeMullling/Lalovic, 6-1, the following day.
It was the second straight week Canellopoulos went undefeated in singles, defeating Lewis-Clark State's Alex D'Aboville and picking up a massive win over Idaho's All-Big Sky Carlos Neto in straight sets on the road the week previous.
The pair of wins in Idaho snapped an eight-match losing streak for the senior.
This is the first Big Sky Player of the Week honor for Canellopoulos — surprising for one of the most decorated players in program history. As a sophomore in 2017, Canellopoulos earned second-team All-Big Sky honors after going 9-2 in league play, mainly featured at Nos. 4 and 5. Along with Yannick Schmidl, he also earned second-team all-conference doubles honors that season with a 7-1 record.
As a junior, he and Schmidl also became the first players in Montana history to earn a national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as the No. 77 pair in the country in 2018.