Jan. 21, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M.--The cries of frustration, the echoing of a ball bouncing on the courts, and the final yell of a well-deserved victory. Those were the sounds being heard as the University of New Mexico Men's tennis team took to the courts to face the University of Nevada-Reno at home.
Many students and family came to watch the players warm-up and stayed to cheer them on. The attendance turnout was more than what some of the players expected but for Carl Ho, he felt it was just right.
"I feel like our crowd really helped us out. They gave us energy throughout the doubles and singles match. The first match is always tough. You feel really nervous and don't know what to expect but I feel like we got our jitters out of the way and we played good tennis. As long as you get the "W" that's all that matters."
The day started out fast with Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips winning their first doubles match of the season 8-0 against University of Nevada's Derbel/Sunago. The court next to them had a similar ending with Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar giving up only one game against University of Nevada's Mege/Rozenfeld, winning the match 8-1.
Mads Hegelund won his match against University of Nevada's Jordan Rozenfeld with a score of 6-1, 6-1.
The Lobos were unable to continue that streak after Jadon Phillips was defeated against University of Nevada's Wessim Derbel with a score of 6-2, 6-4.
It looked that Ben Dunbar was almost in the clear after losing the first set 4-6 to University of Nevada's Victor Ouvard and winning the second set 6-3. He fell short however in the tiebreak falling 10-8. The final match score was 4-6, 6-3, (10-8).
Phil Anderson's match against University of Nevada's Moez Echarqui was a close one from the very beginning. It was neck and neck during the first set until Echarqui took the lead and won 7-5. Phil Anderson came back from that and won the next set 3-6. He fell short in the tiebreak falling 10-7. The final match score was 7-5, 3-6, (10-7).
"It's good to get a "W" on your first match out, especially our depth. Our doubles played very well. Our lower guys, 4, 5, and 6, played very good. We're going to have to play a little better than that at the top positions to do what we want to do the rest of the season," Head Coach Alan Dils said. "We were doing some things that were good but we have to do those things a little bit better at 1, 2, and 3. Ben, Jadon and Phil in this case, I know what they are capable of and I know we will get there. We have to pick it up a little bit. Overall, I'm very happy and the guys played hard and doubles were fantastic, especially the top two spots. They showed why they are the top two doubles teams."
The next dual match will be against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Albuquerque, N.M. at 6 p.m. on January 23, 2012.