Feb. 5, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's tennis team, ranked No. 55, will play two matches in Tennessee this week. First they slip into Nashville to battle No. 35 Vanderbilt on Thursday at 1 p.m. MST. On Saturday, the Lobos will head over to Murfreesboro meeting up with Middle Tennessee State, ranked No. 50, also at 1 p.m. MST. New Mexico will be facing both Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State for the first time.
The Lobos did not compete last week and fell two spots in the national rankings to No. 55. Vanderbilt also fell, moving from No. 33 to 35. Middle Tennessee State made a big move from No. 59 to 50 after defeating two ranked opponents last weekend.
The Commodores of Vanderbilt, ranked 35, are 3-0 on the season after defeating Samford 7-0 on Saturday and Memphis 6-1 on Sunday. Middle Tennessee State is ranked No. 50 with a 4-2 record. They are coming off a great weekend, taking down two ranked opponents. On Saturday, the Blue Raiders upset No. 40 Minnesota 6-1 and then beat No. 66 Denver 4-3 on Sunday.
New Mexico is coming off back-to-back loses to No. 22 Boise State in 4-3 nail-bitters. The first was during the Mountain Regional Indoor Final in Boise State's home on Jan. 19. Then the Broncos came to Albuquerque on Jan. 25 and freshman Joe Wood gave everything he had to make the Lobos victorious but fell short in a third set tiebreaker.
The next home match for New Mexico comes when they hosts three teams in just two days. First they play the doubles portion against Northern Arizona on Friday Feb. 15, starting at 10 a.m. Later that same night, the Lobos clash with No. 66 Denver at 6 p.m. On Saturday Feb. 16, the match with Oregon kicks things off at 1:30 p.m. Then the Lobos and Lumberjacks finish the weekend with singles at 7 p.m.