Sept. 13, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's team finished off the final two days of the New Mexico State Fall Invitational with three successful wins. Coming off of the first day of the tournament with one win in singles and one in doubles consolation, the Lobos continued to work hard to pull out two more wins on Saturday and one on Sunday.
After winning his first match on Friday, Evan Corona- Saunders went on to defeat Frank Chen of the University of Arizona in three sets, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. In his final match on Sunday, Corona-Saunders was defeated by Mario Uriquidi from Arizona, 6-3, 6-3, placing him second overall in the White Singles Main Draw.
In his first singles match of the weekend, after being postponed Friday, Mads Hegelund advanced when NMSU player Luis Ramirez retired in the second set of their match due to injury. Hegelund also faced NMSU's top player, Jim Brouleau, and lost in two sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Lobo Matthew Neeld fell to a player from Abilene Christian University, 6-4, 6-4. He also lost to a player from Northern Arizona Universiy, 6-1, 6-3.
Teammate Simon Hegelund was also defeated in his match Saturday by NAU's Robert Pezzuto, 6-1, 6-2.
Both the Lobo men's doubles teams fell to duos from NAU and Western New Mexico on Saturday.
Corona-Saunders and S. Hegelund lost to Reiff/Pezzuto from NAU, 8-5 while M. Hegelund and Neeld lost to Almeida/Damasio from WNMU, 8-5. On Sunday, M. Hegelund and Neeld fell in their final single matches. Hegelund lost to Orlando Superlano from NMSU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Neeld was defeated by Cody McCarty from ACU, 6-3, 6-1.
The final doubles match on Sunday was played with a victorious end as duo Neeld and M. Hegelund defeated Hatch/Joyner from ACU, 8-4.
The weekend opening tournament was a successful one for the Lobo men's tennis team. Although their matches saw both wins and losses, they came away from the weekend having gained valuable experience and some Lobos getting their first feel for a college tournament.
"The NMSU Fall Invite was a success for our team in that we got some much needed match-play in very early in the season," assistant coach Bart Scott said in regards to the weekend. "I am pleased with how they competed and they represented UNM very well."