Coetzee Storms Tulsa For NCAA Singles Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/25/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 25, 2004

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TAKING TULSA BY STORM: Senior Divan Coetzee will represent UNM for the third time in his career, every year he has donned the cherry and silver, in the NCAA Singles Championship announced the NCAA Men's Tennis Committee on Thursday, May 6. It was announced today that Coetzee has been paired up with 20th-ranked Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn University in the eighth match at 1:30 p.m.

Coetzee, ranked 22nd nationally, was the highest of four athletes to be selected out of the Mountain Region. Fellow Mountain West Conference athletes selected were 45th-ranked Felix Hardt of San Diego State and No. 45 Erik Nyman of BYU. Hardt will take on 14th-ranked Bo Hodge of Georgia and Nyman will square off with Washington's 25th-ranked Alex Slovic. Also selected from the Mountain Region was 55th-ranked Guillaume Bouvier of Boise State, who will play No. 43 Bastian Faisst of Arkansas.

With Coetzee's appearance in the singles tournament this year, he will break away from a three-way tie for most appearances by a New Mexico men's tennis player. Coetzee was tied for two appearances with Steve Otero and Tad Berkowitz. Otero represented the Lobos in 1983 and '85 while Berkowitz went in 1994 and '95.

Including Coetzee, New Mexico has sent 15 different men to the NCAA singles tournament. The first, Van Hill, went in 1968 going 3-1 but the best record was that of Tim Garcia in 1976 when he went 4-1 in the tournament. Coetzee is 0-2.

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Coetzee was denied his last attempt to set a new career win record as his match with 10th-ranked Alex Vlaski of Washington was unfinished.

COMPETITION REPORT: Coetzee's first round opponent is 20th-ranked Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn University. Zoltan Pelva, a junior from Serbia, is 15-7 overall in dual matches with an 11-7 No. 1 mark and 4-0 record at No. 2. He was named to the first team All-SEC and is 8-1 over his last nine matches.

Zoltan Pelva has played three of the same opponents as Coetzee. Both have beaten Georgia's Bo Hodge and Louisiana-Lafayette's Evghenii Corduneanu but fallen to Harvard's David Lingman.

RECORD BREAKING YEAR: Senior Divan Coetzee, ranked No. 22, has made history at UNM. Coetzee has taken control of the single season record for wins. He is currently 37-9 overall and 19-4 at No. 1 singles. The record was previously held by Matt Amgwerd, who won 34 singles matches in the 1999-00 season.

Coetzee now has a career record of 96-29 that he has compiled in three short years. Coetzee is tied with Pepe Caballero for the most wins in UNM men's tennis history and has a chance to break the record Wednesday, May 26 at the NCAA Singles Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Caballero, playing from 1995-99, went 96-56 overall.