Villanueva Has A Big Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/04/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 4, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colo.- The University of New Mexico women's tennis team concludes their first road trip today at the Falcon Fall Invite. The Lobos notched several wins as they advanced three players into the second round.

"We definitely made some big improvements," head coach Roy Cañada said. "We still need to learn how to hold onto a lead. That is where the inexperience starts to show, but we had a good tournament and I am happy about that."

Junior Anya Villanueva-Forte came away with a big win this weekend over conference rival Alexandra Kovacs from Wyoming. Villanueva-Forte lost the first set 6-1 but battled it out in the second winning a close set 7-6 (2). With split sets Villanueva-Forte defeated Kovacs 7-5 in the third to advance to round 2. Villanueva fell in the second round to Hideko Tachibana from Harvard 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Villanueva defeated Julia Zubkova of Illinois State in a consolation round 6-3, 6-2. The Mexico City product went 2-2 for the weekend.

"Anya had a great tournament," Cañada said. "She had two very good wins against some tough competition."

Freshman Kristin Eggleston notched her first collegiate win as she defeated Shannon Young from Air Force. Eggleston took the match in two sets winning 6-4, 6-4. Unfortunately the freshman fell in the second round to Michala Jensen of Colorado 6-1, 6-1.

Fellow freshman Michaela Oldani earned her first win as well taking out Jenny Whateley from Northern Colorado. Oldani lost the first set 6-2 but came back in the second and dominated defeating Jensen 6-1. Oldani kept the momentum going in the third set to advance to round two winning 6-3. Oldani fell to Allie Wahba from Colorado 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 in the second round.

Sophomore Manuema Durie defeated conference rival Allie Chermel for her first win of the fall. Durie fell in the first set 6-0. She battled in the second set to take it 6-4 and won the match in a tie breaker 1-0.

New Mexico will take the next couple of weekends off before they travel to Kansas City, Mo. for the Jayhawk Invitational Oct. 23-25.