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Lobos Chasing Mountain West Championship in the Finals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/28/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 28, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF.--A match that ended in a close score during the regular season ended up to be an almost-shutout during the Mountain West Tournament. The Lobos were looking to get even with San Diego State and they did exactly that as they beat the team 4-1 on their home courts. The Lobos will advance to the finals facing the number one seed Boise State, a team that is ranked #38 in the country.

The Lobos showed that nothing is impossible as they turned an upset defeating the number two seed San Diego State with a score of 4-1.

At number two doubles, Ben Dunbar and Conor Berg jumpstarted the momentum in favor of UNM as they defeated their opponents Siddiqui/Bertsch with a score of 8-1.

At number three doubles, it was a close match as Carl Ho and James Hignett defeated Nicholas/Baylon with a score of 8-6.

Once the momentum started rolling for UNM after winning the doubles point, everything seemed to be falling into place for the Lobos in singles.

At number two singles, Derek Siddiqui was the only Aztec to keep a ray of hope alive as he defeated Ben Dunbar with a score of 6-4, 6-2 putting one point on the board for San Diego State.

That ray of hope was quickly vanquished as three more Lobos defeated their opponents ending the dual match.

At number three singles, Phil Anderson defeated Thorsten Bertsch with a score of 6-3, 6-4.

At the number four spot, Conor Berg dropped a close first set to Freddy Gelbrich with a score of 4-6. He made up for that set by only dropping four games in the next two sets winning the match with a final score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

At the number five position, it seems that experience is not always necessary to win as the Freshman Samir Iftikhar earned his first conference tournament win as he defeated  Sophomore Hunter Nicholas with a score of 6-4, 6-0.

The Lobos will now move onto the Finals where they will play the number one seed Boise State.

Boise State moved onto the Finals after defeating the number four seed TCU 4-0 in the semifinals and receiving a bye in the quarterfinals.

The Broncos just narrowly edged the Lobos during the regular season at home 5-2. The Lobos had three of the six singles matches go to three sets, and had two out of the six singles matches go to tiebreaks.

This will be the sixth time that the Lobos have made it to the Finals in the Conference Tournament. The Lobos are 3-2 when placed in this position, and the last time that the Lobos were in the Finals was in 2009 when the team beat TCU to win the Conference Championship.

This will be Boise State's first time to be in the Finals since the team moved into the Mountain West Conference at the start of this academic year. Boise State is a red-hot team winning 17 of their last 18 matches. The team has not lost a conference match this season posting a 25-6 overall record.

For more information visit: http://www.themwc.com/champ/tennis-champ-2012.html

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