LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 30) - The New Mexico State women's tennis team notched its second straight win with a 4-3 decision over Division II power Abilene Christian Friday afternoon at the NM State Tennis Center.
The Aggies (9-5) have won eight of their last 10 matches after the victory over the Wildcats. Abilene Christian (17-3) suffered only its third loss of the year after winning 17-of-19 against mainly Division II competition. With the victory, NM State has won two straight after a 5-2 win at UTSA a week ago.
ACU swept the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. The sweep ended with a 9-8 result at No. 1 doubles that lasted 44 points in the final tiebreaker, but the Aggie senior co-captain duo of Natalia Salum and Manon Sylvain came up short in the match.
NM State evened the match at 1-1 after junior Ginet Pinero won in straight sets at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Ros-Polly Nguyen gave the Aggies a 2-1 advantage with her third straight singles win at the No. 6 slot in straight sets.
ACU evened the match again at 2-2 with a win two-set win at No. 2 singles. The Wildcats put pressure on the Aggies with a three-set win at No, 1 singles to take a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore Annemieke Witte helped NM State forge a 3-3 tie with a win at the No. 5 spot in straight sets.
That left the match to be decided at No. 4 singles. Salum, who has been clutch all season, continued her reputation with a three-set come-from-behind win again. After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Salum bounced back to take the second 6-3. In the deciding set, Salum clinched the win in extra games at 7-5.
The Aggies hit the road for a pair of road matches in the Bay Area of northern California next week. NM State resumes WAC play at San Jose State Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. before visiting Santa Clara 24 hours later.
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Abilene Christian at New Mexico State
March 30, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Center)
New Mexico State 4, Abilene Christian 3
No. 1: Julia Mongin (ACU) def. Manon Sylvain (NMSU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 2: Micah Hermsdorf (ACU) def. Denise Van Der Ben (NMSU), 7-6, 6-3
No. 3: Ginet Pinero (NMSU) def. Brittney Reed (ACU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 4: Natalia Salum (NMSU) def. Laura Mongin (ACU), 6-7, 6-3, 7-5
No. 5: Annemieke Witte (NMSU) def. Emily Conrad (ACU), 7-6, 6-3
No. 6: Ros-Polly Nguyen (NMSU) def. Hannah Kelley (ACU), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 5, 4
No. 1: Hermsdorf/Kelley (ACU) def. Salum/Sylvain (NMSU), 9-8 (23-21)
No. 2: J. Mongin/L. Mongin (ACU) def. Witte/Van Der Ben (NMSU), 8-6
No. 3: Reed/Madelyn Walker (ACU) def. Pinero/Nguyen (NMSU), 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1