May 5, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The 64th-ranked New Mexico Lobos (17-6) drew the 23rd-ranked Washington Huskies (14-8) in the opening round of the NCAA Championships announced today on ESPNews. The third-seeded Lobos will play the second-seeded Huskies at Stanford on May 15th at 9 a.m. PT. Ninth-ranked Stanford (16-7), seeded 10th in the tournament overall, is the top seed in the region and will play Pacific (15-9) at 12 p.m. If the Lobos advance to the second round, they will play the winner of the Stanford-Pacific match-up at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.
The 2004 appearance will be the first for the Lobos since 1999. In 1999, the Lobos lost 4-0 to Pepperdine in the first round. Overall, the Lobos have made nine team appearances in the tournament. Their first appearance was in 1991 and they made it every year through 1999.
New Mexico's best showing in the NCAA Championships was in 1996 and 1998. The Lobos won both games in the regional to advance to the Round of 16. UNM lost both appearances in that round.
The Lobos have never played Washington, Stanford or Pacific in the NCAA Championships but have faced each of them in regular season competition. The Lobos are 2-4 against the Huskies with Washington sweeping UNM 7-0 in the last meeting which was in 2003. Stanford holds the 3-1 all-time series advantage over New Mexico and the last time they squared off was in 1997 with the Cardinals claiming the 7-0 shutout. The one and only time the Lobos took on the Tigers, they downed Pacific 5-4.
The NCAA Men's Tennis Committee will announce the selections to the singles and doubles championships tomorrow, May 6 on the NCAA website (www.ncaasports.com). The lists will be available no later than 6 p.m. ET. Senior Divan Coetzee most likely will earn a nomination to the singles tournament while juniors David Kowalski and Ryan Stotland could earn a bid for the doubles tournament.