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Lady Stangs tennis can’t get win

February 3rd, 2012 No comments

WNMU’s women’s tennis team got more than they bargained for against Pima Community College. WNMU battled right down to the last match before dropping their season opening contest to PCC 5-4. Ganna Tiurina began her college career with a tough 3 set victory at the #1 spot taking the match 6-4, 2-6 & 6-3. Nikolina Vukadin was defeated at the #2 slot 2-6, 3-6. Ashley Newell had one of the most exciting matches of the day but was nipped in the end 7-5 & 7-5. Doris Berberic cruised for WNMU at the 4th spot dropping just one game, winning 6-1, 6-0. Dena Irvin was broken just a couple of times but lost in straight sets 6-4 & 6-3. Erica Rasmussen at #6 for WNMU was left to keep WNMU’s hopes alive and won the first set 6-3 before dropping the next two sets, 3-6 & 2-6.

In doubles matches Vukadin/Tiurina won their match 8-6 while Newell/Berberic fell 8-3. Western’s #3 doubles team did not fare much better losing 8-2 to round out the day’s action. WNMU will return to action February 8th in Phoenix as they participate in the Grand Canyon University Tournament opening play against University of Hawaii Hilo.

WNMU Men’s Tennis romps

February 3rd, 2012 No comments

The Mustangs winning easily against Pima Community College certainly was expected but it’s always nice to get the first match of the season over with an easy win. WNMU traveled to Tucson where Johan Weich dropped just one game at the #1 spot winning 6-0 & 6-1. RMAC Preseason Player of the Year, Rodrigo Almeida seems to have overcome his pre-season injuries as he cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 victory. Juan Pablo Fuentes dominated for the Stangs at the #3 spot winning 6-0 & 6-0 as did Alvaro Nunez at #6. Matthieu Corizzi cruised in at 6-2 & 6-0 while Jean Benoit Belin at #5 dropped only 1 game winning 6-1 and 6-0.

In doubles competition Fuentes/Weich were given a tough match by Pima’s #1 doubles team but came out on top 8-5. Almeida/Covizzi easily defeated Pima’s #2 team 8-0 and were able to watch Belin team with Roy Ulibarri to make it a clean sweep as the duo won 8-2.

WNMU turns right around and heads to Albuquerque for matches against UNM and RMAC foe, CSU-Pueblo.

WNMU Tennis ready for 2012

January 25th, 2012 No comments

The WNMU men’s tennis team has enjoyed some recent success making to the quarterfinals of the NCAA national tournament last year. Despite a new coach and several new players, the goal for the men is to exceed last year’s performance which included not only a trip the Big Dance but a Conference and Regional Championship.

The Mustangs were picked to finish 2nd in the RMAC pre-season poll receiving 3 of the 7 first place votes. Nebraska Kearney received the other 4 and was picked to top the conference. UNK was the runner up to the Mustangs in the regionals last year.

WNMU will be lead by the Preseason RMAC Player of the Year, Rodgrigo Almeida, a Sophomore form Arapongas Brazil. Almeida was the RMAC Freshman of the year last season and named to the All RMAC First Team in both singles and doubles. Almeida was 16-4 in singles matches last season. Senior Johan Weich was also named to the Preseason All RMAC Team. The native of Sweden as 11-9 in singles matches and was 5-0 in conference dual matches in singles. The pair will be joined on the courts by a team with a truly international flavor featuring players from Mexico, France, Spain and of course Dexter, New Mexico.

The Lady Stangs have not had the depth of talent nor the recent success of the men’s team but did finish 4th in the RMAC last season. This year they are picked to finish in the same spot behind Nebraska Kearney, Colorado Mesa and Metro State, but the Lady Stangs did garner 1 first place vote. That coach may be very prescient. WNMU placed 2 players on the All RMAC Preseason Team in Nikolina Vukadin and Ganna Tiurina.

Vukadin was 7-13 overall last season but finished strong going 4-2 at the #1 position for the Lady Stangs. Tiurina is a Freshman making her debut at the collegiate level but is obviously a well known junior circuit player. Vukadin hales from Bosnia and Herzegovina while Tiurina is from Kiev. Several new faces and a couple of returning players will round out the squad for WNMU. Watch for Doris Berberic, a Jr from New Zealand to build on a solid performance last year while Cobre High product Davida Aragon will continue to contribute.

Like softball WNMU Tennis has a new face at the helm, Guillaume Dupont takes over at WNMU after four years as an assistant at UNM as well as being the Head Pro at the Lobo Tennis Club. Dupont holds a Masters Degree in Sports Psychology and was a top ranked player in France, where he also coached junior players for 8 years. Dupont will be assisted by recently graduated stalwarts of Mustang tennis, Flavio Rueda and Yair Banuelos. The pair have been teaching junior tennis in Silver City under the USTA program since graduating last year from WNMU.

Men’s tennis gets a new coach

October 4th, 2011 No comments

The Mustang tennis teams will have a new coach, finally, as Antonio Burgos has accepted the position. Coach Burgos will make his first run at coaching college tennis in Silver City, a challenge he has been looking forward to for some time and thinks he’s found an excellent fit in WNMU. The men’s tennis team is coming off it’s second straight trip to the NCAA championships and returns several players from that team. The Lady Stangs will be the most improved team in the conference and according to knowledgeable sources are ready to compete for an RMAC championship right now. Both teams will be helped by the presence of Coach Burgos.

Burgos has been operating a tennis camp in N. California coaching top junior players from all over the world preparing them for college, both on the tennis court and academically. He recently took on the challenge of starting a non-profit foundation designed to help kids from diverse communities go to college and so far has a 100% success rate. He’s been active in these communities for 13 plus years.

Coach Burgos has also been a USTA High Performance Coach and coached several professionals on the women’s tour. He has kids playing college tennis at all levels of competition, from top ranked Stanford to top DII teams. I was able to spend some time with Antonio on his visit to Silver City and he is very knowledgeable about tennis and is committed to being involved in the community and drumming up support for the tennis programs at WNMU. He’ll be a great addition to the already stellar coaching staff at WNMU.