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No. 58 Lobos Return To Action With A Vengeance
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2004

Feb. 24, 2004

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READY FOR REVENGE: The Lobos are ready to avenge their loss to No. 33 Boise State in the Mountain Regional Championships in November when they host the Broncos this Friday at 5 p.m. The Broncos claimed the title over New Mexico with a 4-2 win on their home turf and earned a berth to the national tournament, which was held at the University of Washington, Feb., 5-7.

The Broncos had to come from behind for the victory after New Mexico took the doubles point. No. 33 Juniors David Kowalski and Ryan Stotland defeated Guillaume Bouvier and Thomas Schoeck at the first doubles position, 8-5. The Lobos clinched the doubles point behind senior Divan Coetzee and freshman Hiroud Akhavan's 8-6 win at at No. 2 over Mahmoud Rezk and Matias Silva. The Broncos' Nils Klemann and James Ludlow won at the third spot, 8-4, over sophomore Henry Gers and senior Jasmin Hodzic.

In singles, it was a tug-of-war with two of the four matches going into three sets. In the first spot, Bouvier handed No. 27 Coetzee a rare loss, taking the match 6-2, 6-2. No. 72 Kowalski won the Lobos' only singles match with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Silva in the second position. At No. 3, Scheock came back after losing the first set to Akhavan with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory. Klemann followed Scheock's lead also coming back from a first set loss. Klemann took the No. 4 matchup 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 over Gers. Hodzic and Ludlow's match was not finished.

The Lobos also host regional-foe Colorado on Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. The Buffaloes haven't faced New Mexico since 2000, when they lost 7-0. The Lobos will aim to continue their dominance over this tough team, holding a 16-2 all-time record against Colorado.

RESTED AND RANKED: The Lobos have had 26 days to rest up and get ready for their run at their second consecutive Mountain West Conference Championship. New Mexico, ranked No. 58 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association pole, will face seven top 76 teams on their way. Opponents ranked above the Lobos are No. 21 Harvard, No. 34 Boise State, No. 49 Brown, No. 52 San Diego State and No. 57 Louisiana-Lafayette. Opponents ranked below the Lobos are No. 72 BYU and No. 76 Denver.

Senior Divan Coetzee dropped two spots in his national singles ranking, falling from No. 27 to No. 29. Junior David Kowalski, previously ranked No. 72, fell in the rankings as well, dropping out of the top 100. The doubles tandem of Kowalski and junior Ryan Stotland slipped from No. 37 to No. 46 in the latest doubles pole.

ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: The first two Mountain West Conference Players of the Week were none other than junior David Kowalski and senior Divan Coetzee, respectively.

Kowalski was honored Jan. 29 for his efforts against Northern Arizona. Kowalski started the match teaming with Ryan Stotland (then the No. 37 tandem in the nation) to defeat Thibault Schram and Lew DeLeon at No. 1 doubles, 9-8 (3). At No. 2 singles, the (previously 72nd-ranked) Kowalski easily defeated Jeremy Coll (6-2, 6-0) to complete the sweep. Kowalski is now 15-6 in singles overall and 9-5 in doubles with junior Ryan Stotland.

Coetzee picked up the conference's honor on Feb. 4 for his achievements against Santa Clara and San Francisco. He went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles that weekend. Coetzee is now 23-7 overall this season in singles and 11-1 overall in doubles when paired with freshman Hiroud Akhavan.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: The No. 34 Boise State Broncos (7-3 overall) come off of a winning-weekend against Mountain West Conference members Utah and BYU. The Broncos easily handled the Utes 7-0 and the Cougars 6-1.

The Broncos have two ranked singles players leading the way in junior Guillaume Bouvier (No. 39) and freshman Thomas Schoeck (No. 97).

BUFFALO BRIEFING: The Colorado Buffaloes (4-3 overall) enter this weekend's matches on a three-match losing streak. They lost most recently on Feb. 23 to No. 9 Texas A&M as well as No. 5 Baylor and No. 13 Texas Christian.

Every member of the Buffaloes has played in at least two dual matches, but there are four who stand out above the rest. Marek Dvorak leads Colorado with his 13 wins for an overall 13-6 record. Close behind are Marcos Digliodo (9-5), Peter Bjork (8-6) and Marko Bundalo (7-6).

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