April 24, 2012
NEW MEXICO MEN'S TENNIS - AT MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS - SAN DIEGO
Where/When: Fri-Sat-Sun -- San Diego, Calif.
Friday: 10 a.m. (PT) No. 3 seed New Mexico vs. No. 6 seed Air Force
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The New Mexico Lobos' first-round match Friday in the Mountain West Men's Tennis Championships with the Air Force Falcons can be looked at in two ways.
Of course, there is a third scenario, but it's a longshot: Air Force will pull the stunning upset. The Falcons finished the season with an 11-12 record, the most wins in one season since 2007. This will be the fourth time that USAFA and UNM have met in the conference tournament since 1999.
For sure, the Lobos are favored to advance. New Mexico pounded Air Force 7-0 on March 9 in Albuquerque. The Lobos opened that match with a 2-1 win in doubles to claim that momentum-building point.
The Lobos rolled out five straight-set wins in singles with only Jadon Phillips being pushed in his 7-5, 6-7 (4-7) 1-0 (12-10) tiebreaker win over Air Force's Lance Wilhelm.
The No. 3 Lobos are expected to push on to a 10 a.m. (PT) semifinal war with San Diego State. The Aztecs got a first-round bye Friday with their No. 2 seed and will have fresh legs - and the home-court edge - on Saturday. The championship match is set for 10 a.m. (PT) on Sunday.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 UNLV also play at 10 a.m. (PT) on Friday with No. 1 seed Boise State waiting to meet the winner.
The Lobos played San Diego State on April 6 in San Diego and won all three doubles matches to grab the early point. The Aztecs rallied and shocked the Lobos by winning four of the six singles matches to claim the 4-3 win.
The Broncos are the obvious and semi-heavy favorites to grab the NCAA automatic bid that awaits the Mountain West survivor. The Broncos were undefeated in Mountain play at 5-0, beating UNM 5-2 in Albuquerque. Boise won the doubles point and four of six singles matches.
Boise State has won 16 of 17 matches with the lone defeat in that string coming to No. 1 ranked Southern California.
Last Dual Match for New Mexico:
The Lobos finish this spring season 17-7 in dual play after defeating TCU 4-3 in Fort Worth, Texas. Senior Phil Anderson clinched the win for the team after he defeated JT Sundling with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. There could not be a better way for the Lobos to finish the spring season than with a win against a conference team that won the Mountain West Championship two years ago.
All-Mountain West Men's Singles
Lance Wilhelm, Jr., Air Force
Andy Bettles, So., Boise State
Damian Hume, Sr., Boise State
James Meredith, RS Jr., Boise State
Ben Dunbar, Sr., New Mexico
Jadon Phillips, Jr., New Mexico
Thorsten Bertsch, Fr., San Diego State
Javier Pulgar, Sr., San Diego State
Derek Siddiqui, Jr., San Diego State
Nick Chappell, Fr., TCU
Facundo Lugones, Fr., TCU
Rene Ruegamer, Sr., UNLV
All-Mountain West Men's Doubles
Lance Wilhelm/Grant Taylor, Air Force
Damian Hume/Scott Sears, Boise State
James Meredith/Nathan Sereke, Boise State
Phil Anderson / Jadon Phillips, New Mexico
Conor Berg / Ben Dunbar, New Mexico
Thorsten Bertsch/Derek Siddiqui, San Diego State
Player of the Year: Javier Pulgar, San Diego State
Freshman of the Year: Nick Chappell, TCU
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