Thank you all who came out to support your fantastic student-athletes this past weekend! It means a lot to have all of your support as we all know how busy each and every one of you are.
We had another difficult weekend as we played our our ninth and tenth ranked opponents this season in BYU and Texas Tech.
BYU has dominated our region the last four years going undefeated in that time. Friday was our day though as UNM won a very close tiebreaker at #2 doubles to win the doubles point. With quick wins at #4, and #2 the table was set for Red Shirt Freshman, Rodolfo Jauregui to clinch the match. With confidence rising and fantastic ball striking, Jauregui was able to win the match going away 7-6, 6-1.
Read more about the match by clicking this link HERE: www.golobos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26000&ATCLID=209428519
Sunday’s match with Texas Tech was another high intensity battle that saw Tech come away with a tough 4-1 win avenging last years home loss to your Lobos 4-3.
Doubles was pretty ho hum to be honest. We were focused but didn’t bring the energy from the start that I know we are capable of bringing, and it hurt us in the end. Tech took the doubles point and led 1-0 going into singles.
After some “halftime motivation” the guys came out extremely spirited and energetic! The Lobos raced out to leads on court four where Sophomore, Andy Van Der Vyver held a 5-1 first set lead. Junior James Hignett also held a commanding 5-2 first set lead, as did Rodolfo Jauregui. At #2 Freshman Hayden Sabatka (pictured above) was up 4-2 in the first set tiebreaker with a huge chance to push it to 5-2.
In a match full of momentum swings, the first one really hurt us, and ultimately proved to be fatal for the day. Van Der Vyver, lost his lead and the match 7-6, 6-2. Freshman Bryan Cunningham of Anthony, New Mexico saw his second action of the spring and came up short 6-0, 6-3 giving Texas Tech a 3-0 lead.
Jauregui won his match but shortly after that Sabatka succumbed at #2 7-6, 7-5 giving Tech the 4-1 road victory. Junior Sam Iftikhar was battling in his match trying to push it to a third set, while Hignett was up a break 1-0 in the third set of his match.
For more on the match please read this recap from our fantastic tennis reporter, Laura Schuessler: www.golobos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26000&ATCLID=209430175
The match was tense and exciting. We give Texas Tech credit for coming in and playing loose and going for it. They deserved to win, and I hope we can learn from this match. If we “go for it” when we put ourselves in position to win, then I’m sure the results in the future will bend in our favor.
Next week we travel to Atlanta, GA to take on our 11th and 12th ranked teams of the year. We are now 14-5 with all of our losses coming to ranked teams. We will be ready for Georgia State (who will be top 60) and Drake (who today should be ranked somewhere around #35-#39)!
We’re excited for the opportunities ahead and need all of your continued support as we continue to work hard on our “Road to Fresno” for our 2014 conference championships.
Thanks again, and as always GO LOBOS!!!!!!