MWC Tennis Championships Begin
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/26/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 26, 2010

Las Vegas, Nev.- It's already that time again, time for Mountain West Conference Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex. Nine seed University of New Mexico women's tennis team will play eight seed Colorado State Wednesday at 11 a.m. MST. Live stats will be available at http://www.themwc.com/champ/tennis-champ-2010.html. The winner will go on to play No. 1 seed Utah Thursday at 11 a.m. MST.

Last Time
New Mexico (1-20, 0-8) and Colorado State (7-14, 1-7) met in Fort Worth, Texas on April 3. The Lobos lost a close match to the Rams, 4-3. New Mexico picked up wins at the No. 2, 4, and 5 singles spots and the No. 1 doubles position. No. 3 doubles fell in a close, 8-6 match.

Quick Hits
Ashley Bonner is 4-1 when she wins the first set and 2-1 when she splits
Kristin Eggleston is 3-1 when she wins the first set
Anya Villanueva is 4-2 when she wins the first set
• The Lobos have played eight ranked opponents this season
• Four of the opponents have been in the top 50
• Three to four of the players in the line up are true freshman

MWC Championship History
Since the introduction of the MWC (99-00) the Lobos have made it to the semifinals of the tournament five times, the last time being this past season. New Mexico fell 4-1 to No. 1 seed UNLV.

The Lobos made it to the finals once in 2004 where they fell to BYU, 4-3.

New Mexico's lowest finish ever is third, which has come to pass only three times, in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

This will only be the second year the Lobos have had to play in the first round of the tournament. The first came in 2005 in San Diego, Calif. New Mexico and Wyoming battled it out for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Lobos came away victorious with a 4-3 win and went on the advance to the semifinals.

Academic Honors
Several members of the women's tennis team will be recognized Monday night at the UNM Scholar Athletes Banquet. The occasion honors those students who have a 3.2 GPA or above. Junior Ashley Bonner, sophomores Eliane Bourdages and Manumea Durie and freshman Kristin Eggleston, Michaela Oldani, Laura Richardson and Amy Shipperd will be representing the women's tennis team. Shipperd, Durie and Bourdages all achieved a 4.0 or better.