Feb. 2, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos had a long day as they faced both Western New Mexico and Colorado State-Pueblo at home. The Lobos only had a two hour break in between their two hard fought matches in which they defeated both of their opponents 7-0.
The Western New Mexico match took place in the morning at 10 a.m. MT.
The Lobos took care of singles first.
At number one singles, Conor Berg faced off against Rodrigo Almeida to win the match 6-3, 6-2.
At the number two spot, Jadon Phillips took on Juan Pablo Fuentes to defeat him 6-1, 6-1.
At the number three position, Riaan Du Toit battled against Matthieu Covizzi to win in close sets of 6-3, 6-4.
At number four singles, James Hignett competed against Alvaro Nunez dropping only two games to win the match and clinch the dual match with a score of 6-1, 6-1.
At the number five spot, Andrew Van Der Vyver faced Jorge Carretero to win the match 6-2, 6-0.
At number six singles, Simon Hegelund took on Francisco Damasio to win in three sets 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-4). Hegelund has not played in a dual match since February 5, 2011 when he played in both doubles and singles against Colorado State-Pueblo.
"I redshirted last year so I was pretty pumped to be out there again," Hegelund said. "I played at ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nevada in the fall but being back in a dual match felt awesome. It is a different vibe. I loved every second of it."
Once singles was over, it was now time to finish what they started in doubles.
At the number one spot, Berg and Phillips were paired up together to face Almeida and Fuentes to win in a close tiebreak score of 8-7 (7-2).
At number two doubles, the duo of Hignett and Du Toit faced the partnership of Nunez and Covizzi to clinch the doubles point with a score of 8-3.
At the number three position, Hegelund and Evan Corona-Saunders teamed up to face Damasio and Carretero to win the match and be the first off the court with a score of 8-1.
The Lobos took a two-hour break to get ready and rested for the next match against Colorado State-Pueblo.
Once 3 p.m. came around, it was time to start off the match at doubles.
At the number one position, Hignett and Du Toit teamed up once again, this time to face Alex Lesiuk and Saul Shrom. The two teams battled it out but UNM got the edge to win the match 8-4.
At the number two spot, Berg and Van der Vyver partnered up to take on Anthony Breltenbach and Shane Nicholls. The duo were the first off the court as they won the match 8-1.
At number three doubles, Corona-Saunders and Hegelund paired up together to make a tough duo against Alexander Mancayo-Samperio and Tom Chavez. The two dropped only three games to clinch the doubles point with a winning score of 8-3.
Once doubles was over, the Lobos carried over the momentum from the doubles point win over into singles.
At the number one spot, Berg took on Shrom to win the match with a score of 6-1, 6-1.
At the number two position, Phillips defeated Breltenbach with a score of 6-3, 6-1.
At number three singles, Hignett also defeated his opponent with the same score of 6-3, 6-1 against Lesiuk.
"We started off with doubles and got all the wins again," Hignett said. "We played really well at number one. That was probably one of our best matches. I think everyone did a good job in singles and I played pretty well myself. It was a good effort from the Lobos."
Van der Vyver was the first off the court at the number four spot as he defeated his opponent, Mancayo-Samperio, with a score of 6-2, 6-0.
At number five singles, Hegelund clinched the dual match win over the Thunderwolves after defeating Chavez with a score of 6-3, 6-1.
Corona-Saunders finished his match directly after Hegelund's at the number six spot as he won his match against Nicholls with a score of 6-2, 7-5.
"It was a good day," Head Coach Alan Dils said. "It was good to get a lot of different players playing. We had different doubles teams such as Simon Hegelund and Evan Corona-Saunders in matches. Guys like Andrew Van Der Vyver got a lot of matches since he is a young freshman and it seems like he is coming along pretty well."
With two back-to-back 7-0 wins, the Lobos are now up 3-3 overall and will play tomorrow against Northern Arizona at 12 p.m. MT. at home.
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