Sept. 19, 2010
MIDLAND, Texas.--- The University of New Mexico men's tennis team came off of the first day of the Midland Invitational with eight solid wins, seven in singles and one in doubles. The second was a little tougher for the Lobos who only who brought in three wins for the day overall.
Jadon Phillips sailed through competition on Friday with two sound wins against players from the University of Texas at Arlington and University of San Diego. In his first match Saturday he hammered another competitor, Ben Chen from University of Texas at Austin, 6-3, 6-2. The win pushed him to the quarterfinals of the tournament where he fell to Zach Nichols from TCU, 6-1, 6-2.
Lobo Carl Ho also had solid victories, defeating his first opponents on Friday and Saturday. Ho defeated Rice's Peter Frank in two sets, 6-2, 6-2. The win also moved him into the quarterfinals where he too fell to Maros Horny from Maryland, 7-6, 6-4.
UNM's Ben Dunbar and Phil Anderson did not fair as well on Texas territory after each losing their matches on Saturday. Dunbar fell to the number one seed Dean Jackson of USD, 7-6, 6-4. Horny of Maryland defeated Anderson, 6-2, 6-4.
In the double quarterfinals, UNM duo Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar moved into the semi-finals after their opponents from Rice, Michael Nusselein and Christian Saravia, defaulted due to an injury. Berg and Dunbar were not so lucky in their last match where they fell to Lawrence Formentara and John Warden from the University of Oklahoma, 8-3.
Overall the tournament was a successful one for the Lobos who fought hard against tough competitors from several different schools. Saturday's lost matches will complete the tournament for the Lobos. They compete next at the University of Denver Fall Invitational, Sept. 24-26 in Denver, Colo.