Oct. 5, 2010
TULSA, Okla.---Since Saturday Oct. 2, the University of New Mexico men's tennis team has been fighting for a spot in the qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championship. Six Lobos traveled to Tulsa, Okla. to compete in the prequalifying and qualifying singles matches of the tournament, but none have survived to the main draw.
In UNM's first match of the tournament, junior Phil Anderson fell to Andre Stenger from Nebraska, 6-4, 7-6. Fellow teammates Joe Wood and Carl Ho also suffered losses in their matches. Wood was defeated by Georgia Tech's Dusan Miljevic, 6-4, 6-3. Szymon Tatarczyk of Purdue took the win from Ho, 6-4, 6-2.
Lobo Jadon Phillips had a better Saturday in Tulsa, where he made it to the third round of prequalifying. After receiving a bye in his first round on Saturday, Phillips went on to claim his first win against Mischa Nowicki from Southern Methodist, 7-5, 6-1. He was then defeated in the third round by Vascko Mladenov of the University of Texas, 6-3, 6-2.
Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar both began their singles qualifying matches Tuesday, Oct. 5. Berg first took on Jared Pinsky from Duke where he was outlasted, 6-2, 7-6. Dunbar pushed his match to three sets but was finally defeated by Sekou Bangoura Jr. from University of Florida, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Although the Lobos endured tough losses in the singles rounds of the tournament, two doubles teams have the remainder of the week to look forward to. Duo Jadon Phillips and Phil Anderson will compete in their first doubles match Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. MST. Berg and Dunbar are set to begin play on Thursday, Oct. 7.