Nov. 5, 2009
Albuquerque, N.M.- The University of New Mexico women's tennis team will wrap up fall play this weekend as it hosts the Southwest Collegiate Invitational. Arizona, UTEP, NAU, Oregon and Western New Mexico all make up the tournament field. Play will start at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday beginning with doubles.
The Lobos took a weekend off after competing in the Jayhawk Invitational in Kansas City, Mo. where they came away with 17 wins overall, the most at a tournament during fall play this year. Sophomore Manumea Durie and freshman Laura Richardson led the Lobos with a 3-1 record on the weekend.
Scouting the Competition: Northern Arizona went 13-10, 6-2 in conference finishing third. The Lumberjacks return Orsi Golovics who notched 15 wins last season and Yumi Hasegawa, who posted 21 wins during the 2008-09 season.
Arizona went 11-10, 1-7 in conference for a 9th place finish. The Wildcats have one ranked player in sophomore Natasha Marks at No. 44 on the Intercollegiate Tennis Associate preseason polls. Marks posted a 20-11 record as a freshman.
Oregon welcomes back junior Pavlina Smatova who went 10-11 last season. The Ducks posted a 9-13 record and went 1-7 in conference.
UTEP brings back Marina DeLuca who went 24-11 last season. The Miners went 16-7 in 2008-09.
Western New Mexico went 4-15 during the 2008-09 season and finished fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The Lobos will start dual competition on Jan. 22 in Lubbock, Texas against Tulane.