Feb. 10, 2010
Albuquerque, N.M.- After a having two weeks off the University of New Mexico women's tennis team is back in action on their home court. The Lobos (1-2) will take on Oregon (4-1) and Colorado (3-3) this weekend at the Randy Briggs Tennis Bubble.
Friday play will begin at 5 P.M. MST and continue on Sunday at 10 A.M. MST.
"We are looking forward to a great weekend of tough competition," head coach Roy Cañada said. "Both of these teams beat us last year so we are ready to compete hard and get them back at home."
New Mexico will be looking to even their record with the match against Oregon. Oregon, currently ranked 72 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, has had convincing wins over Portland, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Nevada. The Lobos are 2-4 all-time vs. Oregon. Last season New Mexico fell to Oregon, 5-2. Former senior Ola Abou-Zekry walked away with a win over Pavlina Smatova, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 60 Colorado travels to Albuquerque coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 38 Boise State. The Buffaloes have two ranked players in No. 64 Melisa Esposito and No. 90 Monica Milewski. The Lobos have a 12-7 all-time record vs. Colorado.
Moving Up To No. 1 Junior Anya Villanueva has moved into the No. 1 singles position this season after being in and out of the line up in 2009. The Mexico City, Mexico product is 2-1 with wins over UT Arlington's Klara Jaqosova, 6-3, 6-3 and Texas Tech's Sandra Dynka, 7-5, 6-4.
"Anya has improved a tremendous amount in this last year," Cañada said. "She is now competing with some of the best players in the country and has shown she can consistently compete at that level."
Very young Lobo team...no seniors...two juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen
Four members of the roster are from overseas
Only one is from New Mexico, junior Ashley Bonner