No. 66 Lobos Return Home To Face Montana Grizzlies
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/09/2004

March 9, 2004

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HOME SWEET HOME: The No. 66 New Mexico men's tennis team returns home to the friendly confines of the tennis bubble for a Friday evening match against Mountain Region member Montana. The Lobos will play the Grizzlies at 6 p.m. on March 12 at home, where they are 2-1. They are 2-3 on the road.

ROAD TRIP RECAP: Last weekend the Lobos took a tour of the Ivy League as they visited No. 71 Yale, No. 14 Harvard, and No. 52 Brown. New Mexico lost 5-2 to Yale and 6-1 to both Harvard and Brown.

The Lobos played four matches against ranked singles or doubles, coming away 1-3. The one win came against the ninth-ranked doubles tandem of Jamie Cerretani/Adil Shamasdin of Brown. The duo which is ranked seventh in the nation by the ITA poll released today, fell to them ranked No. 46 juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, 9-8. Stotland and Kowalski fell out of the top 50 in doubles this week. New Mexico did win the doubles points at Harvard and Yale.

Individually, only senior Divan Coetzee, ranked No. 22 in the latest ITA poll, and Stotland earned singles wins. Coetzee won at Yale over Ryan Murphy in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-3. Stotland netted a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles over Ben Brier of Brown.

GETTING AT THE GRIZZLIES: Montana comes to the Duke City 2-1 this spring. They are coached by Kris Nord.

Leading the Griz is Jan Steenekamp, Stan Nevolovich and Ryan O'Neill. Steenekamp is 16-4 overall but has yet to compete is spring dual meet action. Nevolovich is 13-7 overall and 2-1 at No. 1 singles. O'Neill is also 13-7 overall and 0-2 at No. 2 singles.

In doubles, Steenekamp and Nevolovich have the best overall record at 13-4 but again, Steenekamp has not played in a springle dual match competition. Nevelovoch is 1-2 at No. 1 doubles with Sean Stewart. Gus Treyz and Stuart Wing are 1-2 at No. 2 doubles while O'Neill and Nick Tyree are 2-1 at No. 3.

RECORD BREAKING YEAR: Senior Divan Coetzee has a career record of 84-28 that he has compiled in three short years. Coetzee needs 11 more wins to tie Pepe Caballero for the most wins in UNM men's tennis history. Caballero, playing from 1995-99, went 96-56 overall.

Coetzee is also on track to break the single season record for wins. He is currently 25-8 overall and 7-2 at No. 1 singles. The current record is held by Matt Amgwerd, who won 34 singles matches in the 1999-00 season.

As long as Coetzee can remain healthy, he will have 11 regular season matches left and an undetermined number of matches at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Coetzee may also get an invite to the NCAA singles tournament, which he has participated in the last two consecutive years.