March 3, 2004
EAST COAST ROAD TRIP: The No. 58 men's tennis team embarks on its toughest challenge of the season. The Lobos head east for a mini tour of the Ivy League, taking on Yale, Harvard and Brown.
New Mexico's first stop is New Haven, Conn. to face the Bulldogs of Yale. The last time these two teams met was in 2002 when then ranked No. 60 Yale got the better of New Mexico, 4-3. The series is deadlocked at 4-4 but Yale has won the last two meetings.
Once the Lobos get past Yale, the battle only gets tougher as they go to Cambridge, Mass. to take on the No. 16 Harvard. New Mexico has yet to beat the Crimson in two attempts. The last time they met was in 2000 when Harvard was ranked No. 23 and they sqeaked past the Lobos with a 4-3 win.
Completing the east coast trip, New Mexico will go through Providence, R.I. and the Brown Bears, currently ranked No. 52. The teams have only met once before, in Albuquerque. In that meeting, the No. 40 Bears edged past New Mexico 4-3.
BULLDOG BRIEFING: Yale, 4-2 overall, enters the match coming off a win over Navy. Leading the way for the Bulldogs will be Ryan Murphy and Brandon Wai at No. 1 doubles. Even though the duo is unranked, they will be stiff competition for No. 46 juniors David Kowalski and Ryan Stotland. Also making a contribution, Dan Arellano and Neil Tolaney are on a roll, playing some of their best matches of their careers last weekend according to head coach Alex Dorato.
CLUED IN ON THE CRIMSON: Participants in last year's NCAA tournament which made it to the second round, the Harvard Crimson are only stronger this year. They have the 25th-ranked doubles team in Dave Lingman and Jonathan Chu. Lingman is also the No. 48-ranked singles player, competing at the No. 1 position for Harvard. Lingman and Chu's supporting cast consists of Mark Riddell, Cliff Nguyen, George Turner and Jack Li.
SCOUTING THE BEARS: Brown, also a NCAA participant last year, is 8-2 on the year. They have the ninth best doubles team in the nation in Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin. Cerretani is ranking in singles, coming in at No. 81. In their last match, Cerretani didn't even play at No. 1 singles, Nick Goldberg did.
Cerretani has already defeated senior Divan Coetzee once this year. The two played at the ITA Indoor Intercollegiates in November. Goldberg barely edged out Stotland in three sets at the HEB Baylor Invite in September. Coetzee and freshman Hiroud Akhavan played Cerretani and Goldberg, then ranked No. 44, at Baylor as well, and won easily.
RECORD BREAKING YEAR: Senior Divan Coetzee has a career record of 83-26 that he has compiled in three short years. Coetzee needs 12 more wins to tie Pepe Caballero for the most wins in UNM men's tennis history. Caballero, playing from 1995-99, went 96-56 overall.
Coetzee is also on track to break the single season record for wins. The current record is held by Matt Amgwerd, who won 34 singles matches in the 1999-00 season.
As long as Coetzee can remain healthy, he will have 14 regular season matches left and an undetermined number of matches at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Coetzee may also get an invite to the NCAA singles tournament, which he has participated in the last two consecutive years.
STOTLAND MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Ryan Stotland was named the Mountain West Conference's Player of the week. He is the third Lobo to win the award this season.
Stotland, a Boise, Idaho, native, went undefeated in two singles and two doubles matches last week as the 56th-ranked Lobos posted a 1-1 record. Competing at the No. 4 spot, Stotland opened the weekend with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory over Nils Kleimann of No. 34 Boise State, followed with a straight set win (6-3, 6-3) over Colorado's Marek Dvorak two days later. In No. 1 doubles play, he teamed with David Kowalski (ranked No. 46 in the country) to beat the Bronco tandem of Guillaume Bouvier and Thomas Schoeck, 8-3, and the Buffaloes' Marcos Digliodo and Chad Tsuda, 8-4.