Idaho Tennis Star Named Big Sky MVP
Idaho junior Marianna Petrei is the Big Sky conference's Most Valuable Tennis Player for the third straight season.
Petrei is one of only four individuals to have won the award in three consecutive seasons and this is the fourth straight year a Vandal has claimed the award.
A native of Undine, Italy, Petrei went 9-0 this season at No. 1 singles, improving her career Big Sky record to 30-0. She finished 15-3 in dual play and has won her last nine matches entering the NCAA Tournament. Petrei, ranked 31st in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, became the first Vandal woman to earn a bid to the NCAA Singles Championships. Petrei picked up five wins over ranked opponents, including four in the fall. She won the ITA Mountain Regional and qualified for the main draw of the ITA National Fall Championships.
Petrei and Maria Tavares also picked up First Team All-Conference honors in doubles. The Idaho duo finished 4-1 in Big Sky play and went 9-3 overall at No. 1.
The Vandals are currently preparing for their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Idaho will take on No. 13 Pepperdine May 11, at 1 p.m. PT.