Lobos Traveling To Boise
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 24, 2010

Boise, Idaho- The University of New Mexico women's tennis team travels to Boise, Idaho to take on the Broncos and Washington State. Play will begin Friday against Boise State at 2 PM and will continue Saturday at 10 AM against the Cougars.

Injuries have struck the Lobos early this season. Anya Villanueva was out against Colorado due to a back injury and Ashley Bonner sat against both Nevada and Kansas State. The two, and only juniors, look to both be back on the court this weekend.

"Boise is one of the toughest teams on our schedule and we are looking forward to the challenge," said head coach Roy Cañada. "We seem to be healthy now so we should be able to have everybody ready to go."

Scouting Boise State
Boise State is currently ranked 49th in the latest ITA poll. The Broncos are 4-4 overall and are coming off a 5-2 win over Colorado.

Boise State's Pichittra Thongdach, is ranked No. 27 in the singles ITA polls and holds a 4-4 record in spring play.

The Lobos have a 10-3 all-time record against Boise State.

Scouting Washington State
The Cougars are coming to New Mexico after dropping a 5-2 decision to Sacramento State. Washington State is 6-3 overall this spring.

"Saturday we will face Washington State who we beat last year in a very close match," said Canada. "I am sure they will be gunning for some revenge."

The Lobos (1-6) have a 7-3 all-time record against the Cougars.

Academic Success
The grade point average (GPA) for the University of New Mexico's athletic program for the fall 2009 semester was release and the New Mexico women's tennis team came out on to with a GPA of 3.79. The 3.79 GPA earned by the women's tennis team was the highest GPA of all 11 sports.

Serving Up A Cure
The University of New Mexico men's and women's tennis teams are partnering up with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA) to help in the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The tennis teams will begin a season long campaign, Serving Up A Cure, this weekend to help raise money for ALS research. Serving Up A Cure will allow people to get involved in a couple of different ways. Donors can pledge money per match or per set won for either the men's or women's tennis teams. Forms to make donations and instructions for submitting them can be found at GOLOBOS.com on either the men's or women's tennis page. All donations will be sent to Roy Cañada, women's tennis head coach.

ALS affects adults of all ages, sexes and races. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease and every 90 minutes someone dies from this disease. There in no known cause or cure and the cost for an ALS patient is $200,000 per year.

Please help the men's and women's tennis teams fight against ALS. For more information contact Roy Cañada at rcanada@unm.edu or at 925-5780.