September 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos completed the first day of the 2013 Aggie Invitational by winning seven of eight singles matches at the New Mexico State Tennis Center on Friday, Sept. 20.
The University of New Mexico’s Andy Van Der Vyver, Bryan Cunningham, Rodolfo Jauregui, and Tanner Berkabile ended their first day of the Aggie Invite with a positive record.
The four young Lobos had a slow start to the day as they lost their first two doubles matches. Cunningham and Berkabile teamed up against Northern Arizona’s Trevor Unger and Kester Black, where the Lobos lost, 8-6. Van Der Vyver and Jauregui came up short against the University of Arizona’s Trevor James and Robin Chou, 8-7 (6).
“We didn’t come out with the right energy to start the day,” associate head coach Bart Scott said. “We definitely finished with the right energy, but tomorrow we need to be ready to play from start to finish.”
UNM’s success made a complete turn-around in singles play. All four Lobos won their first singles match of the day. Cunningham’s and Berkabile’s victories marked their first ever win in a collegiate singles match.
Jauregui, Cunningham, and Berkabile all went 2-0 for the day as they also made it past the second round in singles play. They will all be competing in the semi-finals of their brackets on Saturday morning. Van Der Vyver battled through a long three set match against NMSU’s Liam Goldberg, but came up short, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
“It’s all a great learning experience for us. We’re coming down here to get match play and try to improve every day and that’s what we’re doing,” said Scott.
Tournament play will start up again on Saturday at 9 a.m. (MTN).
DAY ONE RESULTS:
Crimson Singles Bracket:
Andy Van der Vyver (UNM) def. Matt Dunn (U of A), 6-3, 6-4
Liam Goldberg (NMSU) def. Andy Van der Vyver (UNM), 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) def. Carlos Bermudez (U of A), 6-3, 6-1
White Singles Bracket:
Bryan Cunningham (UNM) def. Cano Agular (UTPB), 6-1, 6-1
Bryan Cunningham (UNM) def. Tom Douglas (NMSU), 6-2, 6-2
Black Singles Bracket:
Tanner Berkabile (UNM) def. Omar Lopez (WNM), 6-1, 6-3
Tanner Berkabile (UNM) def. Michael Munguia (AzC), 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
Crimson Doubles Bracket:
James/Chou (U of A) def. VanDerVyver/Jauregui (UNM), 8-7 (6)
Unger/Black (NAU) def. Cunningham/Berkabile (UNM), 8-6