Women's Tennis: Lobos Stay Perfect At Home With 4-3 Win Over No. 53 Tulsa
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The No. 57 Lobo womens tennis teams home court record was advanced to 5-0 this afternoon with a 4-3 win over No. 53 Tulsa at the Lobo Tennis Club in Albuquerque. UNM, for the third straight match, notched the doubles point, this time with wins at the No. 2 and 3 spots. The squad was also victorious at three singles positions. The win now improves the Lobos record to 8-3 and drops Tulsa, who came out of the fall season as the No. 1 team in the central region, to 5-7.
The No. 2 seeded doubles team of Robertson and Heidbrink got a crucial 8-5 win over Mariana Barrios and Donata Majauskaite, bettering their spring doubles record to an almost perfect 6-1 mark. The No. 9 regionally ranked duo of Maria Ruiz-Fabrega and Rachel Hatley were also victorious, gaining an 8-2 win over Zoe Buhagiar and Daniela Muscolino to secure UNMs doubles point. Tjasa Suvak and Maja Kovacek fell to an 11-8 overall doubles record today, losing 8-4 to Tulsas No. 1 team of Alicia Pillay and Aleksandra Durska, who are ranked 30th in the nation.
New Mexicos No. 1 seeded singles player, Maja Kovacek, had a huge task at hand today when she was slated to face the Golden Hurricanes Alicia Pillay. Pillay is ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles and proved her ability when she defeated Kovacek, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. Tjasa Suvak, playing at No. 2, was also challenged by Tulsas singles power. Suvak fell in two sets, 6-3, 6-3, to UTs Alexsandra Durska.
Sandy Lukowski improved her weekend singles record to 2-0 this afternoon at the No. 3 spot, when she beat Tiffany Smith in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Maria Ruiz-Fabrega had not been victorious at the No. 5 spot before beating Donata Majauskaite this afternoon. The Tulsa junior managed to get a win in the first set, 6-4, but was overtaken by two 6-4 scores in the next two sets by Ruiz-Fabrega. No. 6-seeded Rachel Hatley defeated Tulsas Timberly Greenley in two solid 6-1 sets to finalize the three singles points for UNM.
Michelle Heidbrink was unable to earn a win at the No. 4 position, as she dropped two sets, 6-3, 6-2, to Daniela Muscolino.
The Lobos take to the road for three highly competitive games next week. The team will travel to the south to face No. 20 South Alabama on March 13, No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth on March 14 and No. 34 Tulane on March 16.Y