ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico’s women’s tennis team is on its way to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the 2013 Falcon Invitational being hosted by the United States Air Force Academy, Sept. 27-29.
Head coach Erica Jasper is accompanying Lizette Blankers, Meredith Hopson, Dominique Dulski, Emily Olivier, and Susan Baklini on the trip up to the USAFA.
The Lobos will be competing against six different schools which include: Air Force, Buffalo, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Each player will participate is a minimum of three singles and three doubles matches over the course of the weekend.
Potential weather conditions and high altitude adjustment are two factors that the invitational competitors can expect to face.
The USAFA sits 7,200 ft. above sea level. The tournament will be played with high altitude tennis balls. Fortunately, playing tennis at a high altitude won’t be too much of a problem for the UNM athletes.
As for poor weather, the USAFA is doing all they can to accommodate for the possible chance of rain. If need be, matches will begin earlier than usual and the four indoor courts on campus will be used.
Tournament play begins on Friday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 a.m. (MTN). Doubles matches will be played first and singles matches will follow.
For full results at the of each day, head to golobos.com
FULL SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY (September 27):
Flight “Alpha” Singles:
Lizette Blankers (UNM) vs Tanvi Shah (BUFF) – Friday at 12 p.m.
Meredith Hopson (UNM) vs Mirando Podlas (BUFF) – Friday at 12 p.m.
Flight “Bravo” Singles:
Dominique Dulski (UNM) vs Beth Coton (UNC) - Friday at 12 p.m.
Emily Olivier (UNM) vs Mollie Cooper (CSU) – Friday at 12 p.m.
Flight “Charlie” Singles:
Susan Baklini (UNM) vs Hilary Walters-West (UNC) – Friday at 12 p.m.
Rachana Bhat (UNM) vs Oana Manole (WVU) – Friday at 12 p.m.
Flight “Alpha” Doubles:
Baklini/Blankers (UNM) vs Barrett/Chahal (WVU) – Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Dulski/Olivier (UNM) vs Nieto/Walters-West (UNC) – Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Flight “Bravo” Doubles:
Hopson/Bhat (UNM) vs Candanoza/Fernandez (BUFF) – Friday at 10:30 a.m.