PROVO, Utah — BYU men's tennis player Patrick Kawka has earned his first West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Month award, the league announced Wednesday.

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The junior from Nevada was recently named to the WCC 2013 Preseason All-Conference Team.

Kawka earned a 6-0 record in January, including a victory over No. 44 Winston Lin from Columbia 6-0, 6-4. His success helped BYU upset No. 50 South Florida and No. 44 Columbia.

He won two of his matches at the No. 1 singles position, and his other four wins came at the No. 2 spot.

Kawaka, along with doubles partner Francis Sargeant, also recorded a 5-1 mark throughout the month of January.

The Cougars begin conference play this week as they host No. 37 Santa Clara.

Aaron Sorenson is the tennis sports information director at BYU.