LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Battle of I-25 resumes this Thursday, March 14, as the New Mexico State men’s tennis team plays host to New Mexico for a 10 a.m. (MT) first serve at the NM State Tennis Center.
The Aggies enter the match-up 8-5 overall on the year with an unblemished mark of 4-0 at home in the friendly confines of the NM State Tennis Center. A trio of veteran players in Christofer Goncalves, Enrique Asmar and Mauri Benitez pace the team with 18 single victories overall while Goncalves has only six losses to the seven Asmar and Benitez each have.
However, it is the freshman Louis Menard that has the best dual record – checking in at 7-1 while Asmar is 7-3 in dual play. Benitez is not far behind with a six wins along with Sergi Espias. In doubles play, New Mexico State’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team are knotted at 14 wins apiece.
New Mexico enters the match-up 12-13 on the season and 4-4 in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos are 7-5 when playing away from their home court.
Ricky Hernandez-Tong paces UNM with a 20-10 overall mark in singles action and 13-8 in dual play. Rodolfo Jauregui is next on the team with 14 wins followed by Dominic West with 13 wins to his name while Jorge Escutia and Bart Van Leijsen round out the list of double-digit winners with 12 and 11 wins, respectively.
In doubles action, New Mexico’s No. 2 doubles team of West and Van Leijsen lead the Lobos with a 12-5 record – all in dual play.
After the Battle of I-25 match-up, New Mexico State heads west for a tough meeting with Arizona on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. (MT).
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