New Mexico improved to 4-2 on the season and remain unbeaten at home after defeating the University of Denver in a tightly contested matchup on Friday. UNM got off to a hot start when Rachana Bhat and Ludivine Burguiere defeated Charlotte Derbyshire and Evy Van Genechten, 6-1 in doubles play. Denver’s Morgan Barnhill and Bianca Mok responded by winning the second matchup against Ruth Copas and Andrea Leblanc, 6-2. Dominique Dulski and Emily Olivier were able to garner the coveted doubles point by taking the third and final doubles match against Julia O’Loughlin and Maureen Slattery, 6-4.
The New Mexico men’s tennis team earned a split in California on Saturday in a doubleheader against UC Irvine and Pepperdine. Head Coach Bart Scott shook things up by separating doubles partners Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen. The pair began the season as the eighth ranked doubles team in the nation.
The New Mexico women’s tennis team will try to get back in the win column when it returns home to host Denver University on Friday. The Lobos dropped two consecutive contests in Minneapolis, Minnesota last weekend at the Courtside Classic, losing to Mississippi State 1-6 and Minnesota 2-5.
The New Mexico men’s tennis team will return to the court after an extended break to take on UC Irvine and Pepperdine in California on Saturday. The Lobos last played in late January when they lost to Georgia Tech and Southern Methodist. The losses prevented the team from qualifying for the USTA/ITA National Indoors.
New Mexico’s women’s tennis suffered its first loss of the season in Minnesota Saturday, and could not salvage a split on Sunday. The Lobos got off to a rough start at the Courtside Classic on Saturday against 29th ranked Mississippi State. The Bulldogs played from ahead and eventually defeated New Mexico 6-1.
New Mexico’s women’s tennis team swept both of its opponents in a couple of strong showings over the weekend. The Lobos started the weekend on Saturday against Southern Illinois, winning two out of the three doubles matches to secure the lone point for doubles play. The team cruised through singles play winning all six individual matches as the schools elected to finish matches even after New Mexico had secured the victory.
After opening the season with a victory over Colorado, the New Mexico women’s tennis team will host two schools this weekend. The Lobos will play Southern Illinois on Saturday, followed by a match against Northern Arizona on Sunday. Southern Illinois and Northern Arizona will face each other on Sunday as well.
New Mexico leaves Los Angeles still looking to break its losing streak which has now swelled to seven consecutive loses. The men’s tennis team started play on Saturday squaring off against Georgia Tech. The team wasn’t able to secure a point in the matchup, losing 4-0.
The New Mexico women’s tennis team earned their first victory of the season by defeating The University of Colorado on Friday night. Kelcy McKenna’s tenure as head coach began with a victory as UNM defeated Colorado 5-2. She took over the team this past July and seemed to have the Lobos ready for spring competition. “What a great match. Colorado fought the whole time,” she said. “I was really proud of our girls and the way they competed from start to finish today.”
New Mexico men’s tennis started the spring season with a win, but that was the only one it would pick up before leaving Lubbock, Texas.
Tennis: New Mexico to start the Spring season with a challenging tournament, hosted by No. 17 Texas techRobert Maler | January 11
The New Mexico men’s tennis team will begin the spring semester on Friday in Lubbock, Texas as the defending Mountain West champion. Texas Tech will host an invitational featuring UNM along with the University of Arizona and the University of the Pacific. UNM was the first to host the quadrangular event in 2014, followed by Arizona last year. Everyone will compete against each team twice and the tournament will involve both singles and doubles matches.
The New Mexico doubles team of Bart Van Leijsen and Hayden Sabatka fell in a tightly contested semifinal match at the 2015 USTA/ITA Indoor Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York on Saturday. Van Leijsen and Sabatka entered as the 29th ranked doubles team in the nation. They had a chance to qualify for the tournament a few weeks ago, but suffered a heartbreaking loss, losing two tiebreakers in the finals of the Regional Championships in Albuquerque on October, 25.
The New Mexico women's team ended the Lobo Invitational Sunday they same way they began it: with a win. The Lobos won all six singles matches against the University of Texas-El Paso, capping the weekend without a blemish in singles competition at the McKinnon Family Tennis Center. “It’s similar to the format that we would be playing in the spring,” head coach Kelcy McKenna said. “For our three new (team members), it’s just nice to kind of get a taste for what it’s like.”
New Mexico was unable to crown any victors at the end of the 2015 USTA/ITA Regional Championships on Sunday. UNM tennis doubles partners Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen made it to the finals of the five-day event before falling to Denver University’s Henry Craig and Alex Gasson in a tight battle.
New Mexico duo Rodolfo Jauregui and Augustus Ge walked away winners in doubles competition at the Balloon Fiesta Invitational on Sunday. The Lobos performed well in individual competition as well, with each player reaching the final or consolation final in his respective draw. Jauregui and Ge defeated the University of Arizona’s doubles team of Will Adkisson and Trevor James in the one set final, 8-4. “We played solid,” Ge said.
The UNM men’s tennis team will send four players to compete in the upcoming Balloon Fiesta Invitational this weekend. Albuquerque natives Michael Tran and Sean Baklini, will compete alongside teammates Augustus Ge and Rodolfo Jauregui will all compete in singles and doubles competition at the event.
Erica Perkins Jasper is leaving New Mexico women’s tennis on top. After leading the Lobos to their first Mountain West crown in April, Perkins Jasper has announced her decision to step down as head coach and become the new chief operating officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Perkins Jasper turned the women’s tennis program around quickly. Between the three seasons before Perkins Jasper became head coach, the team won just 17 matches. During Perkins Jasper’s three-year tenure the Lobos went 40-33 and won their first ever Mountain West title.
When the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship comes around, Boise State plays at a different level. Despite winning the regular-season title, New Mexico faltered against the Broncos 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in the conference tourney semifinals. Boise State went on to win the Mountain West title with a 4-3 victory over Nevada on Sunday. The Broncos have now won the Mountain West tournament for four straight seasons. “We knew the danger; we know how good Boise is,” Lobo head coach Bart Scott said on Saturday. “We know they turn it on in the conference tournament and we were prepared for it. We just didn’t play our best, and Boise had something to do with that.”
The UNM women’s tennis team made school history on Sunday by winning its first Mountain West Championship. The Lobos claimed the 2015 title tournament after defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls, though the road to the top was far from smooth. The team had to overcome poor weather conditions, match delays and a few trips to the doctor. But those obstacles were not enough to stop them.
A dominating performance against Air Force fueled New Mexico to the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship semifinals. Not much went wrong for UNM in Thursday night’s first round at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium. The No. 1 seeded Lobos did not lose a single set to the No. 8 Falcons.