March 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – The Lobos had two seniors come out on top in singles to put UNM up on the board two points, but it was not enough to secure a win as UNM fell to Loyola Marymount 5-2.
UNM started the match off with doubles. The doubles point is a crucial point to secure because it sets the momentum for the rest of the match and UNM was well aware of how it important it was.
This put the doubles point in the hands of the winner of number one doubles. The doubles teams were so close that in order to decide a winner a tiebreak had to take place.
Loyola Marymount took the doubles point and ultimately set the tone for the rest of the match, save for number three and number six singles.
At number three singles, senior Kristin Eggleston fell in the first set 6-0 to Jin. After dropping the first set, Eggleston would come back in full swing to take not only the second set but also the third set with a final match score of 0-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The other senior to put UNM up on the board was Oldani defeating her opponent Piller in two close sets 7-5, 6-4.
“The doubles point was tough today--we definitely came out and played well on all 3 courts and put ourselves in position to win--but credit goes to LMU for playing a great tie breaker at #1 to take the point,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said.
“I thought we came out a little flat in the singles--which was disappointing--but we really fought well on all courts. And we honestly can't ask for more in that sense. After a number of weeks on the road, we are looking forward to being home in two weeks for our match versus New Mexico State.”
The Lobos drop to 5-8 overall and will come back home to play on March 30, 2013 against Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico State at 12:00 p.m. MT.
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