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Lady Stangs Tennis drops close match

March 10th, 2012 No comments

As the Lady Stangs wrapped up their California trip, the looked to get a win and come home on a high note. It was a close match against Sonoma State that went back and forth but WNMU came out on the short end 6-3.

Sonoma State took an early lead in the double matches winning two of the three. Gianna Tiurina/Nikolina Vukadin got WNMU off to a fast start with an 8-4 win at the #1 doubles spot. Ashley Newell/Doris Berberic kept it close but were broken late and fell 8-5 in the #2 spot. Davida Aragon/Dena Irvin lost 8-3 to give Sonoma State the momentum.

But WNMU came back in the singles as Tiurina won her match 6-4, 6-3 and #2 Vukadin followed suit 6-4, 7-5. That put WNMU up 1 in the match but it didn’t last for long as Newell fell in #3 singles 7-5, 6-1 and Berberic dropped her matches 6-7, 6-4, 4-6. Irvin struggled at #5 losing 6-1, 6-0 while Aragon went 3 sets but fell 7-6, 3-6, 2-6.

WNMU will return to action the weekend of March 24th with matches against Idaho State and Dixie State in Las Vegas NV.

Men’s Tennis wins at Sonoma

March 10th, 2012 No comments

It wasn’t a true road match nor was it a home match for either team but WNMU got the victory over Sonoma State in men’s tennis 5-4. WNMU is wrapping up a long road trip and Sonoma State is headed to Southern California, so the two teams decided to meet in Glendale AZ for their match.

The Mustangs fell behind after the opening doubles matches 2-1 as the #1 team of Johan Weich/Juan Pablo Fuentes picked up the win for the purple and gold 8-5. Western’s #2 doubles team Rodrigo Almeida/Jean Benoit Belin dropped a close match 6-8 and Matthieu Covizzi/Roy Ulibarri lost at the #3 spot, 8-3. As singles play started, the Seawolves looked to have the definite advantage.

Weich lost at the #1 spot in 3 sets, 6-2, 3-6 and 1-6. Fuentes got WNMU’s first singles win with an easy 6-4, 6-0 win. Covizzi went three sets as well for the Mustangs but couldn’t pull out the win losing 6-4, 2-6, 4-6. Coach Guy Dupont has learned he can count on the bottom of the order and Friday was no different. Almeida got things going with a walk in his #4 seed match, 6-1, 6-3. Belin followed up with another easy win 6-2, 6-2. That left it down to Ulibarri in the #6 position as the match was tied. Ulibarri picked up the first set in a tiebreak, 7-5 before losing the second set 1-6. He was able to recover and won a close third set 6-4 and pulled out the victory for the Mustangs.

WNMU will have a couple of weeks off before heading to Nevada for the Las Vegas Collegiate Invite featuring Idaho State, Weber State, Seattle University and UC Riverside. WNMU will play all 5 schools in 3 days, a good test for playing in the NCAA tournament.

Women’s Tennis falls to #19 UCSD

March 8th, 2012 No comments

Just like the men’s team, WNMU’s Lady Stangs tennis is spending their spring break taking on the top competition in the country. Coming off of an impressive victory over Grossmont College, WNMU faced #19 UC San Diego yesterday dropping the contest 8-1.

In the opening doubles matches WNMU got off to a slow start as Ganna Tiurina and Nikolina Vukadin lost 8-0 followed by Ashley Newell and Doris Berberic losing 8-1 and Davida Aragon and Dena Irvin losing 8-2.

Gianna found her game at the #1 singles match taking the first set 7-5 before losing in three sets 3-6 and 6-7. Nikolina Vukadin lost at #2 6-3, 6-2 but Ashley Newell got the Stangs’ lone point at #3 singles winning 6-3, 7-6. Doris Berberic, Davida Aragon and Dena Irvin all dropped their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. WNMU will close out the trip at Sonoma State on Friday.

Men’s Tennis Falls To #16 UCSD

March 8th, 2012 No comments

WNMU Men’s tennis continued their California spring break trip playing against top ranked teams. Their first match was against #2 Fresno Pacific University followed yesterday by a visit to #16 UC-San Diego. WNMU fell to the Tritons 7-2. The Tritons remained undefeated at home and ran their winning streak to 8 matches. The Mustangs fall to 4-5 on the season.

Juan Pablo Fuentes and Johan Weich fell at #1 doubles 8-4 while Rodrigo Almeida and Jean Benoit Belin moved to #2 doubles falling 8-4 as well. Roy Ulibarri and Omar Lopez dropped their #3 doubles match by a score of 8-3.

Singles matches were competitive but UCSD was able to get the points that counted. Weich dropped his #1 singles 6-1, 6-3 and Fuentes fell at #2 6-3, 6-0. Almeida picked up WNMU’s first win of the day at #3 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Matthieu Covizzi fell in #4 singles 6-3, 6-1. WNMU’s second win came at #5 singles as Belin pulled out an exciting 7-6, 7-5 victory. Roy Ulibarri dropped the final match 6-1, 6-0. WNMU will conclude their CA trip at Sonoma State on Friday.

Men’s Tennis Swept by Fresno Pacific

March 7th, 2012 No comments

WNMU men’s tennis faced the #2 team in the nation Tuesday and found out they have some more work to do if they want to compete against the best teams in the country. WNMU was swept by Fresno Pacific University 9-0. The Mustangs may have been a bit rusty not having played in 2 weeks after NMMI canceled their scheduled match for last weekend but that may not have made a big difference.

In the opening doubles matches, Welch/Fuentes lost 8-1; Almeida/Belin came close losing 8-6 and Lopez/Ulibarri battled to an 8-5 loss. Welch then lost at #1 singles 6-1, 6-0 while Fuentes also won only one game losing in straight sets. Couizzi lost 6-1, 6-0 at #3 singles and Almeida had the best showing at #4 losing 6-4, 6-4. Belin lost 6-1, 6-1; Ulibarri lost 6-2, 6-2. WNMU continues their California swing today with a match against UC San Diego.

Women’s tennis makes it two in a row

March 4th, 2012 No comments

WNMU Lady Stangs tennis played a tough early season schedule before returning home this weekend for a pair of matches. It looks like the tough competition paid off as WNMU got a sweep beating New Mexico Military Institute on Friday 8-1 and then coming back against Eastern Arizona College on Saturday to gain the 5-4 win.

The weekend’s action began Friday afternoon in cold windy conditions but that didn’t seem to bother the Lady Stangs who were hosting a rare home match. The #1 doubles tandem of Ganna Tiurina and Nikolina Vukadin rolled to an 8-1 victory to start the ball rolling. Dena Irvin and Davida Aragon closed out their match quickly as well with an 8-1 win at #3 doubles. Ashley Newell and Doris Berberic were tested early but got the 8-4 win.

In singles action Tiurina rolled 6-0, 6-3; Vukadin won 6-2, 6-3 while Newell cruised to another easy win 6-0 and 6-3. Doris Berberic dominated at #4 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 victory; Aragon had a tough match but came back to get the 6-4, 6-3 win. Irvin battled injuries all day and couldn’t get the win in singles losing 0-6, 1-6.

WNMU then faced Eastern Arizona College, a nationally ranked junior college team coming off of a 5-4 victory over NMMI on Friday. It would be a much more exciting match as EAC took two of the three opening doubles matches. Aragon and Irvin garnered the only WNMU win at 8-4. Giurina and Vukadin ran into a buzz saw losing 1-8 and Newell/Berberic battled but fell 9-7.

In singles action Tiurina fell 6-1, 6-1 while Vukadin lost 6-2, 6-1 to put the Lady Stangs in an early 4-1 hole. Things looked good for EAC needing just one more point to get the victory. But unlike years past, the lower part of the order for Coach Guy Dupont answered the call. Newell won her match at #3 6-0, 7-6. Berberic continued the momentum with a 6-3, 6-4 victory and the comeback was on. Aragon moved to #4 in the rotation with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win. That left Erica Rasmussen at #6 with all the pressure. Rasmussen won the opener 6-0 but fell behind in the 2nd set 0-4 before coming back to win 6-4 with the help of a raucous home crowd. That win pulled out the 5-4 team victory for WNMU.

WNMU men and women head to California for three matches beginning with Grossmont College on Monday.

Lady Stangs Tennis falls to Air Force

February 27th, 2012 No comments

WNMU’s tennis teams prepare for conference action by taking on the best teams in the region. It doesn’t always look good on paper but when the conference schedule rolls around, they will be better for the experience. The Lady Stangs concluded a two day road trip in Colorado Springs facing the Falcons of the Air Force Academy. The Falcons came away with a 7-0 win but the Lady Stangs gave them a tough match.

In singles action Ganna Tiurina kept it close against Melissa Cecil falling 6-2, 6-4. Nikolina Vukadin and Ashley Newell each fell by scores of 6-0, 6-1 as did Dena Irvin. Doris Berberic was unable to pick up a game losing 6-0 and 6-0. Davida Aragon fell 6-2, 6-0. Most of the games were close but the young Lady Stang team just couldn’t get the final points.

In doubles action Vukadin/Tiurina fell 8-2, Newell/Berberic lost 8-1 and Irvin/Aragon fell 8-1. The Lady Stangs return to action this Thursday in Silver City as they host NMMI beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mustang Tennis Athlete Honored

February 15th, 2012 No comments

WNMU’s Jean Benoit Belin, Sr Nimes France, was honored as the first RMAC Player of the Week in Men’s Tennis for 2012. J. B. went undefeated in his matches over the past week, winning all three singles at #5 and one at #4. He also collected one win in doubles competition. Belin won a 3 set match against Hawaii-Hilo’s Gellespie taking the final set 10-6. He followed up with another 3 set win over Spizman of Grand Canyon University as well. Teaming with Rodgrigo Almeida, the pair won their doubles match against Scottsdale CC. Belin helped WNMU knock of a top ten team in the nation, Sonoma State in their final match of the weekend.

WNMU will return to action on March 2nd as they host New Mexico Military Institute on March 2nd at the WNMU tennis courts. The public is invited to come watch the matches. Starting time will be announced. WNMU currently sits atop the RMAC standings.

WNMU Men at Grand Canyon

February 11th, 2012 No comments

The Mustang men’s tennis team had another quick turnaround after playing last weekend in Albuquerque on Saturday and Sunday, the 2-1 Mustangs made the trip to Phoenix to participate in the Grand Canyon tournament. WNMU opened play against University of Hawaii Hilo with an exciting match that saw almost every match come down to a tie breaker.

WNMU’s Johan Weich lost his singles match at the #1 spot 6-3, 6-4 to Carlos Quijano. Juan Pablo Fuentes went 3 sets at #2, 4-6, 6-3, 8-10 before falling to Ryan Coffey. Matthieu Covizzi took the first set 7-6, lost 6-7 and fell 5-10 in the tiebreaker at #3 for the Mustangs. But the Stangs’ 4, 5 and 6 players would keep the Mustangs alive. Rodrigo Almeida pulled out a 3 set win, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 to get the ball rolling for Coach Guy Dupont. Jean Benoit Belin kept it going at 6-1, 2-6, 10-6 in another exciting nail biter. Alvaro Nunez rounded out the singles split with a relatively mundane 6-4, 6-3 win.

That boiled it down to the doubles matches. Fuentes and Weich took the court at #1 doubles and got the win 8-6. But that would be all the winning for the Mustangs at Almeida and Covizzi fell in extra games 8-9 and Belin and Roy Ulibarri fell at #3 doubles 3-8. The Mustangs fell 5-4 on the day.

The Mustangs then took on Grand Caynon. Just like the first match, WNMU split the singles matches. Weich fell 6-4, 7-5; Fuentes dropped his #2 singles 6-1, 6-1. Matthieu Corizzi got the first win for WNMU 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 in the tiebreaker. Almeida continued the winning at #4 dropping the first set 1-6 before coming from behind to win 6-3, 10-2. Belin got the third singles win at #5 with a 3-6, 6-1, 10-4 victory. Nunez was unable to keep the winning streak going dropping a close 6-3, 7-5 match. Again it came down to doubles but this time the Mustangs got swept. Weich/Fuentes lost 2-8; Almeida/Belin lost 8-9 (7-3) and Corizzi/Ulibarri fell 8-4.

WNMU Women’s Tennis at Grand Canyon

February 11th, 2012 No comments

WNMU women’s tennis team took the court for their second match of the season traveling to Grand Canyon University for a 3 day tournament. The Lady Stangs (0-1) opened tournament play on Wednesday against former Pac West Conference foe University of Hawaii Hilo. Fans saw some very exciting opening round singles play that saw both teams prevail in 3 of the 6 matches. Anna Tiurina got the first win of the day at the #1 spot defeating Melanie Viriyapunt 7-6, 6-4. Nikolina Vukadin, playing #2, followed with another Mustang victory as she dropped the first set 5-7 to Emelie Laussen before prevailing 6-1 and 10-4 in the tie breaker. Ashley Newell at #3 got an easy first set win 6-2 and closed out her match 7-6 in the second set. Then things turned for WNMU. At #4, Doris Berberic struggled losing 0-6, 6-1 to Anna Hamlin. Dena Irvin played strong for the Lady Stangs but fell 3-6, 3-6 to Morrisa Kahakui. Davida Aragon took Chelsea Sato to a tiebreaker after losing the first set 1-6, winning the second 7-6 and dropping the tie breaker 10-3.

That put all the pressure on the doubles matches for WNMU. The points were close but Hawaii Hilo was able to get a doubles sweep to gain the team win. Vukadin/Tiurina dropped their match 4-8; Newell and Berberic also fell by a 4-8 margin. Irvin and Aragon dropped their set 3-8.

WNMU didn’t have much time to rest as they had to take the court against #2 BYU Hawaii. WNMU couldn’t keep up with the powerful Seasiders dropping the match 9-0. Anna had the best showing for the Lady Stangs as the true freshman took on the top ranked player in NCAA DII tennis dropping her matches 3-6, 3-6. Nikolina faced the #4 player in the nation falling 6-4, 6-0. Berberic would fall 6-1, 6-0; Irvin 6-0, 6-0 and Aragon 6-1, 6-0.