Lobos Move Up in ITA Rankings, Two Doubles Teams Earn National Recognition
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 24, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--- So far this season the Lobos have played excellent tennis, making great progress and continuing to earn solid wins against tough teams. In the previous week, New Mexico was able to claim the no. 61 spot, ahead of previous opponents Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and DePaul. This week the Lobos were able to climb a little higher, coming in at no. 60.

New Mexico also has two doubles teams to brag about. Teammates Jadon Phillips and Phil Anderson are among the Lobos top players and currently hold the no. 1 doubles spot on the team. The Phillips and Anderson tandem has garnered impressive and well deserved victories so far this season, defeating notable teams like the no. 22 ranked duo of Dean Jackson and Patrick Polhmann from the University of San Diego. Because of their great success, Phillips and Anderson pulled into the no. 45 doubles seat.

Following beside them is another talented pair of Lobos, Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar. Berg and Dunbar are 4-1 so far this season, the only loss being due to a knee injury suffered by Dunbar in their match against Arizona. Their wins have earned them the no. 64 spot for now, but as Ben's knee improves so should their record and national ranking.

Being recognized for their hard work has helped keep the confidence and morale of the team in a steady place. Although two matches in one day can be difficult, New Mexico is well prepared and ready to get out there and play some great tennis.

"I think the guys are excited to play this weekend. Two matches in one day are never easy, but when you love tennis you love to play as much as possible." Head Coach Alan Dils said. "We are certainly working on a few things. So far I have been very happy with their progress and expect them to really play much better this weekend."

The matches on Saturday will be held at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Lobos will face Northern Arizona first, who currently stands at 2-7 on the season. Later in the day they will take on Abilene Christian who is 2-2.