April 7, 2010
Las Vegas, Nev.- The University of New Mexico women's tennis team travels to Las Vegas this weekend to take on conference rivals No. 29 UNLV and SDSU. The Lobos (1-15, 0-3) will play the Rebels at 10 a.m. Friday and continue play Saturday also at 10 a.m. at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
"At this point it is more about conquering the fear from within and figuring out a way to win," head coach Roy Cañada said. "We have the tools but we are playing against ourselves more than we are playing our opponents. We are getting ready for that change by working hard and by doing some mental training this week as well."
The Rebels are currently ranked No. 35 on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls. They hold a current record of 15-3, 2-1. All three losses have come away from the Fertitta Tennis complex against schools ranked in the top 50.
New Mexico has an all-time record of 6-13 against UNLV dating back to 1987. The last time these two teams met the Rebels ended the Lobos season with a 4-1 loss at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in the semifinals of the MWC Championships on April 24, 2009.
San Diego State is currently 7-9, 0-3. The Aztecs are on a four-match losing streak with losses coming to No. 50 Pepperdine, 4-3, No. 29 UNLV, 4-3, BYU, 5-2 and Utah, 5-2. Their loss to Utah was a five-hour battle in Salt Lake City.
San Diego State has two ranked players in No. 51 Julia Trunk and No. 78 Alicia Aguilar. Trunk holds a 9-7 record at the No. 1 singles position while Aguilar plays positions 2 through 4 and also holds a 9-7 dual match record.
The Lobos are 10-15 all-time vs. the Aztecs. Last season these two teams met in San Diego on March 28 where San Diego State handed the Lobos a 4-3 loss.
Last Time Out
The University of New Mexico women's tennis team lost a heartbreaker Saturday against Colorado State, 4-3 in Fort Worth, Texas. The loss is the closest loss the Lobos have had this season other than the, 4-3 defeat at UTEP.
In singles play sophomore Manumea Durie came up big with a win over Lauren Mulhern. Durie won the first set, 7-6 and dropped the second, 5-7. The sophomore won the match in a third set tiebreaker, 10-7.
Freshman Kristin Eggleston walked away with a win at the No. 2 spot over Tori Arneson. Eggleston only gave up five games between two sets winning, 6-2, 6-3. The Palm Desert, Calif. product is 2-1 at the No. 2 singles position.
Freshman Laura Richardson battled with Colorado State's Veronika Wojakowska. Wojakowska won the first set, 6-1. Richardson didn't back down as she won the second set in a close, 7-5. Richardson only gave up three games in the third, leading to a 6-3 victory.