LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Feb. 3) - The New Mexico State men's tennis team fell for the second straight dual with a 4-2 result to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Aggies are now 3-3 on the season.
The Aggies slipped at the first two spots of doubles play, giving the point to the Golden Eagles. The third doubles match was left unfinished after Southern Miss claimed the first two matches 81 and 8-5, respectively.
"It was a slow start for us on doubles and that cost us the point," head coach Carlos Vargas said. "In singles, it was a battle at most of the positions. It just goes to show that we still have room for improvement."
With singles play ongoing, senior Luis Ramirez claimed his first win of the weekend in straight sets. Claiming the top singles point 6-3, 6-3, Ramirez helped the Aggies to their two points on the day.
The other Aggies point came from junior Marc Westgate in three tough sets. The Loughborough, England native battled in the first set 6-7, but Ben Feldmann was able to claim the next two sets 6-3, 6-1.
The Aggies faltered at the second, fifth and sixth spot, giving the win to Southern Miss.
The Aggies waste little time before getting back in action versus UT-Pan American on Feb. 9. The Aggies then open conference play against UTSA on Feb. 10. Both matches are set for 10 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas.