Lobos Host Annual Balloon Fiesta Invitational This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/07/2003

Oct. 7, 2003

BALLOON FIESTA INVITATIONAL: The Lobos host the annual Balloon Fiesta Invitational this weekend, Oct. 10-12. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. and run thoughout the day. Singles will be played first, followed by doubles to end the day.

Participating teams this year will be UC-Riverside, Northern Arizona, Denver, the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Military Institute, and Mountain West Conference foe Air Force. Draws and results are posted on www.tennisinformation.com. The quick reference number is 5144871.

The Lobos swept the singles and doubles crown at last year's tournament. Last year, then-senior Bart Scott claimed the singles title after teammate David Kowalski won it as a freshman in 2001. The tandem of Ryan Stotland and then-senior Brent Salazar won the doubles prize beating out teammates Jasmin Hodzic and Scott.

OTHER UPCOMING MATCHES: Three members of the New Mexico Men's tennis team are still in Chattanooga, Tenn. competeing in the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA All-American National Championships. Juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski enter the doubles main draw while senior Divan Coetzee will play in the singles main draw starting Thursday, Oct. 9.

LOBOS LAST TIME OUT: Senior Jasmin Hodzic, juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, and sophomores Nick Ames and Henry Gers competed in the singles division of the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. Hodzic, Ames and Gers played in the prequalification round while Stotland and Kowalski entered into the qualification round.

Stotland and Kowalski came up just shy in the round of 64, both falling 7-6, 6-3. Stotland took on Peter Stroer of Texas while Kowalski battled the fifth seeded Pierrick Ysern of San Diego.

Hodzic started the day against Georgia Tech's Zachary Rath in the round of 256. Hodzic slid past Rath, 6-4; 7-5 to advance to the round of 128. Rice's Rodrigo Gabriel proved to be to much as he downed Hodzic, 6-4; 6-1.

Gers opened the tournament with a 6-3; 6-3 win over John Hangstefer of Tennessee-Chattanooga in the round of 256. Louisiana-Lafayette's Evgheni Corduneau netted a 6-1; 6-3 win over Gers in the round of 128.

Ames fell in a heartbreaker to Tennessee-Chattanooga's Marian Axente, 5-7; 6-4; 7-6 (1), in the round of 258.

Gers and Hodzic teamed up to play in the doubles section as well. The tandem downed Middle Tennessee's Rishan Kurpuppr and Andreas Siljestrem 8-6, in the round of 128. The duo fell in the next round, 8-5, to Matt Laramore and Brad Rhodes of Ball State.