Feb. 19, 2012
EVANSTON, ILL.--Tennis teams place a lot of emphasis on winning doubles because it is the first point of the match and it also sets the tone for how the rest of the match will turn out. The Lobos showed that singles is just as important pulling out the win against DePaul 4-3.
The Lobos drop the first point of the match to DePaul 0-1. There are potentially six points in singles that can be used towards UNM's advantage. The Lobos only need four to win.
At number one singles, Jadon Phillips is defeated by Filip Dzanko with a score of 6-4, 6-4.
Ben Dunbar faced off against George Chanturia at number two singles. The two seemed to be evenly matched causing the first set to go to a tiebreak in favor of DePaul 6-7. Ben Dunbar decided to turn the tables around winning the second set 6-4. It all came down to the third set. Ben Dunbar kept his momentum going blasting away his opponent with a score of 6-2. The Lobos won the match due to Ben Dunbar clinched the win for the Lobos finishing with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Samir Iftikhar played Sven Kasper at the number three spot finishing second. He won both of his sets 6-4, 6-4.
Conor Berg faced Matijia Palinic at number four singles only dropping one game. He won the match 6-0, 6-1.
At number five singles, Carl Ho faced off against Mathias Hambach. It looked like Carl Ho was going to win the match finishing his first set 6-3. Hambach changed that however winning the second set 6-2. The third set was close with both players fighting for each point. Hambach got final two games winning the third set 6-4. It was a DePaul victory with a score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The win against DePaul was the Lobos first win on the road.
"The guys had a hard win against a solid team. It was nice to be able to bounce back from the loss yesterday," Head Coach Alan Dils said. "We have some things we need to work on such as doubles. Ben Dunbar played well and was out there fighting by himself there in the end. He stepped up and played with good strategy in the third set. James Hignett had a good win in singles also."
The Lobos will be traveling again this weekend facing the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado on February 26th at 10 a.m.