March 9, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos had a rough start against Rio Grande Rivalry opponent New Mexico State as they dropped the doubles point at home. While UNM did not get the first point, they quickly made up for it by taking the next four singles matches and ultimately the entire dual match 4-3.
The Lobos started the night off with doubles.
At number one doubles, Conor Berg and Andrew Van Der Vyver teamed up falling in a close tiebreak battle to Marc Westgate and Luis Ramirez with a score of 9-8 (7-3). This was the last match to finish deciding the doubles point to New Mexico State.
The Lobos had dropped the doubles point to New Mexico State but that did not deter them from still seeking the chance to win the dual match by possibly taking the next six points in singles contest.
The first to walk off the court was senior Phillips as he dropped only two games to Degardin to win the match with a final score of 6-0, 6-2. The next off the court was none other than fellow senior Berg as he dropped only two games to Fernandez to win 6-1, 6-1. The Lobos were now up 2-1 and only needed two more wins to clinch the match.
The win that put them closer to that four point mark was by redshirted sophomore Mitch McDaniels as he slammed a powerful forehand down the line to end the match against Denele. McDaniels only dropped one game to win with a final score of 6-1, 6-0. The Lobos were now up 3-1.
The win that clinched it all was by sophomore Hignett at the number six spot. Hignett took the first set without a problem 6-0 against Trecakov. Trecakov picked up his game in the second set to force a second set tiebreak. The two were neck and neck point-wise and finally, Hignett pulled two big wins at the end to win his match with a score of 6-0, 7-6 (8-6).
The Lobos clinched the match against New Mexico State and put Head Coach Alan Dils' record to 22-6 (assistant coach and head coach) against the Aggies.
At number one spot, Samir Iftikhar lost a nail-biting close match to Ramirez falling in the third set tiebreaker with a final score of 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9).
At the number four position, Du Toit also lost a close battle to Westgate in the full third set tiebreaker with a final score of 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2).
“It was a good to come here and get a couple of wins for the weekend,” Dils said. “That was goal number one. We are still waiting for everyone to play well on the same day. We are not hitting on all cylinders just yet. We need to get that really in gear.”
The Lobos are now 8-7 overall and are 6-1 at home with a match coming up on the road against former conference opponent BYU at their home courts on March 16, 2013.
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