LOGAN, Utah -- The University of New Mexico women’s tennis team recorded its first conference victory of the season after dropping just two sets in a 6-1 victory over the Utah State Aggies on Sunday afternoon. The Lobos are now 12-7, 1-1 on the season.
“The team showed tremendous fight today in a hard fought victory over Utah State,” interim head coach Kelcy McKenna said. “Each player contributed towards our first conference win and I am extremely proud of these young women.”
The Lobos started the weekend with a tough 4-3 loss against Boise State, but came out much stronger against the Aggies at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club Center.
UNM claimed the doubles point after picking up two quick wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots. Natasha Smith and Dominique Dulski paired up for the first Lobo victory. No. 1 team Lizette Blankers and Michaela Bezdickova earned the second doubles victory to give UNM the first point.
The Lobos also took control in singles. Bezdickova fell to McKenzie Davis to start singles play, but UNM recorded wins in the remaining five matches.
Freshman Rachana Bhat clinched the victory for the Lobos with a win in the No. 5 spot. Bhat has yet to be defeated this season as she sits at a perfect 10-0 singles record.
UNM is now 4-0 against the Aggies. This is USU’s first year competing in the Mountain West.
After spending the last month on the road, the Lobos return home this week to host two tough conference matches. UNM welcomes Colorado State on April 4 and Wyoming on April 6.
Result: New Mexico def. Utah State, 6-1
1) Bezdickova/Blankers (UNM) def. Davis/Sperry (USU), 8-5
2) Smith/Dulski (UNM) def. Guensler/Turley (USU), 8-3
3) Olivier/Baklini (UNM) def. Sweet/Stuhlmann (USU) – DNF, (6-4)
Order of Finish: (2,1,3)
1) Davis (USU) def. Bezdickova (UNM), 6-1, 6-4
2) Blankers (UNM) def. Guensler (USU), 6-2, 7-5
3) Dulski (UNM) def. Sperry (USU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4) Hopson (UNM) def. Turley (USU) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
5) Bhat (UNM) def. Sweet (USU), 6-1, 6-0
6) Olivier (UNM) def. Branstine (USU), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6)