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Two Lobos Named to All-Mountain West Team Despite Loss
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/25/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 25, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- Earlier in the spring season, the Lobos defeated Colorado State in a close match 4-3, making it their only conference win for the season. Little did they know, the Rams were looking for revenge as the two faced off in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament. The Rams found what they were searching for defeating the Lobos 4-2, stopping UNM in its tracks.

In doubles, Kristin Eggleston and Nikolina Grbac started things off by taking the number three spot 8-6, giving the Lobos a quick start in momentum.

Colorado State balanced it out with a win at number two doubles 8-5 over Sarah Mahboob Khan and Michaela Oldani.

This left the doubles point to be decided by the winner at the number one position. Laura Richardson and Michaela Bezdickova were in the match up until the point when Colorado State decided to up their game in the tiebreak to defeat them 9-8 (7-4).

The Lobos were down 1-0 leading into singles but it was not over just yet. The Lobos still had some fight left in them.

The Lobos tied it up at 1-1 with a win at number three when Colorado State's Kaley Schultz was forced to retire.

Khan was the second person off the courts with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kendall Heitzner putting the Lobos up 2-1.

Natalie Heffron balanced out the score at the number two spot defeating Grbac with a score of 6-2, 6-0.

The next two players to finish were at number six and number one with Colorado State coming out on top.

Mollie Cooper got the win at number six over Richardson in a close three set match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The same happened at the number one spot over Bezdickova with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Lobos were stopped cold in the first round match of the Mountain West Tournament by Colorado State with a score of 4-2.

With the loss, this finishes the Lobos spring season with an overall record of 7-15. It also marks the end for seniors Eggleston's, Richardson's and Oldani's impressive collegiate careers at UNM.

"Congratulations to Colorado State on a well-fought match," Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. "Honestly they out-competed us at a few spots and that was the difference today. Obviously we are a bit disappointed with our win-loss column this year but there were a ton of bright spots despite some tough losses. This was an exceptional group of players to coach and they fought until the bitter end."

Despite the loss of today, Michaela Bezdickova has been named to the 2012-13 Women's Tennis All-Mountain West Team in singles. This is the third time that she has been named to the team. The doubles team of Michaela Bezdickova and Laura Richardson has been named to the 2012-13 Women's Tennis All-Mountain West Team for doubles. This is the first time that the doubles team has been named to the team.

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