Lobos Embark On West Coast Road Trip
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/28/2004

Jan. 28, 2004

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SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Last year was the first meeting between the Lobos and Santa Clara. New Mexico won the match, 6-1. Santa Clara finished the year 19-15 overall and 4-7 in the West Coast Conference.

This season the Broncos are 2-2 overall. They started 2-0 with wins over UC Santa Cruz (Div. III) and UC Davis. Santa Clara has lost its last two matches, playing two ranked teams on the road. They fell 7-0 at No. 11 Washington and 5-2 at No. 60 Oregon. The Broncos two point winners were senior Gernot Fischer, 3-1, at No. 1 and freshman Kevin McQuaid, 1-2, at No. 6 singles.

Leading the Broncos in doubles is the No. 49 duo of Fischer and Eric Kochanski. The tandem is 2-2 in dual matches and 6-4 overall.

DISCOVERING THE DONS: San Francisco met up with the Lobos for the first time last year, being swept 7-0. It was one of the few losses dealt to the Dons who went 18-7 overall and 8-2 in the WCC.

This year has not started very well for the Dons. They are 0-2 after two losses to No. 36 Fresno State and Cal Poly. Their match against Hawaii on Jan. 26 was postponed due to bad weather. San Francisco and Hawaii were tied 3-3 in singles with the doubles point still needing to be decided.

Leading the Dons in singles is Pablo Pires de Almeida. Not counting Hawaii, Pires de Almeida is 1-1 in dual matches at No. 1. He also a portion of the duo playing at No. 1 doubles. Pires de Almeida teams with Mason Fuller. The pair is 0-2 so far.

RANKING REMAINS THE SAME: The latest ITA national team rankings determined by the ITA National Ranking Committee were released Jan. 27th. The Lobos maintained their No. 56 standing, which is were they have been since the end of the 2002-03 season.

The next rankings will be announced Feb. 10th.

RETURNING HOME FOR REVENGE: When the Lobos return home on Feb. 27, they will look to avenge their loss to No. 30 Boise State in the Mountain Regional Championships. The Broncos claimed the title over New Mexico with a 4-2 win on their home turf and earned a berth to the national tournament, which will be held at the University of Washington, Feb., 5-7.

The Lobos will also host regional-foe Colorado on Feb. 29. The Buffaloes haven't faced New Mexico since 2000, when they lost 7-0. The Lobos will aim to continue their dominance over this tough team, holding a 16-2 all-time record against Colorado.

STARTING WITH A SWEEP: For the third consecutive year, the New Mexico men's tennis team swept the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Lobo Tennis Club. The Lobos also remained undefeated against the Lumberjacks, improving to 17-0 all-time.

Securing the doubles point for the Lobos were the tandems of senior Divan Coetzee and freshman Hiroud Akhavan and senior Jasmin Hodzic and sophomore Henry Gers. At No. 2 doubles, Coetzee and Akhavan downed Jonas Jegers and Jamie Maxwell, 8-4. Hodzic and Gers, playing at No. 3, dropped James Heck and Jeremy Coll, 8-4 as well.

The duo of juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, ranked No. 37 nationally, pulled out a 9-8 (3) win after being down 7-6 to Thibault Schram and Lew DeLeon in the No. 1 spot.

In singles action, sophomore Nick Ames dropped Ronson Taylor, 6-1, 6-1 in the sixth spot to give the Lobos their first singles point. Quickly picking up the second point was No. 72 Kowalski, getting a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 against Jeremy Coll. Akhavan defeated DeLeon, 6-1, 6-3, in the fourth spot while Hodzic won, 6-4, 6-3 over Maxwell at No. 5. for the game-winning points. No. 27 Coetzee netted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Schram in the first spot to bring the Lobos just one win away from their third consecutive sweep over NAU. Finally at No. 3, Stotland fought his way back from a 5-7 loss in the first set to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-3 and complete the victory.

The No. 56 ranked Lobos move to 1-0 on the season and 2-1 in dual matches this year. New Mexico travels California for its next two matches. The Lobos will face Santa Clara at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 and San Francisco on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.