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UNM To Play Air Force in Quarterfinals of Mountain West Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/24/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 24, 2012

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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.

  • 1. The No. 6 Falcons, the lowest seed in the three-day tournament in San Diego, will go down easy and serve as a warm-up for the No. 3 seed Lobos' more testing battle to come in Saturday's semifinals.

  • 2. The Falcons will put up a nasty fight and maybe wear down the Lobos a bit for their expected semifinal battle with San Diego State.

    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.

    The Lobos go into the Mountain West net wars with All-MW singles players in Jadon Phillips and Ben Dunbar and All-MW doubles players in Dunbar / Conor Berg and Phillips / Phil Anderson.

    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

    For More Information Visit:

    http://www.themwc.com/champ/tennis-champ-2012.html

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