Pete's Ponderings-September 29
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  09/29/2008

Pete is going to bring you up to date on a couple of teams I predicted would have great seasons. Let me start by saying they are off on the right foot.


Don Ball’s tennis team had junior Gustave Diep and sophomore Jim Brouleau take home the B doubles draw championship at the H.E.B. Baylor Intercollegiate Invitational. The doubles title puts an exclamation point on the weekend for the men’s team who faired as well as any team in the highly-talented field. Diep and Brouleau cruised past the Texas-Arlington entry to win the draw. The duo won all four doubles matches in comfortable fashion in Waco, Texas.


Brouleau was a busy hombre as he advanced to the finals of the B singles draw and played three matches in one day. It was a weekend to remember for the netters as the No. 30 doubles team of senior Roman Stoisavljevic and junior Eduardo Salas made it all the way to the semifinals of the top doubles draw that featured five other ranked doubles teams. This was an important weekend for the Aggies considering their remaining fall schedule. This Baylor Invite was the first of three-straight tournaments that will feature some of the best tennis players in the country.


It’s time for Pete to brag on the newest team on campus. The Aggie equestrian team got off to a good start last weekend too. They saddled up in Waco as well, taking second overall on the weekend after defeating Fresno State, Sept. 27. The Aggies defeated Fresno State by a score of 8-4. The Hunter Seat team beat the Bulldogs, 4-2, while the Western team won, 4-2. Against the Bulldogs, the Hunter Seat team was paced by freshman Marisa Bernal who took most valuable player honors in the Equitation on the Flat and also won her Equitation over Fences head-to-head competition. On the weekend, Bernal won three of four head-to-head matchups.


Sophomore Jennifer Friend and senior Beth Robinson also won their events.  On the Western side, junior Rachael Krause won MVP honors in the Horsemanship competition, while senior Ashley Dietz took MVP honors in the Reining competition. Senior Tonna Brooks was the other Aggie rider to win her head-to-head matchup in the Horsemanship event. The Aggies are back in action, Oct. 11, to take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.


These ladies and gentlemen are setting the stage for a great fall for all the NMSU teams. Ole Pete has to admit, I’m a little partial to events that include a horse. But I’m extra partial to all events that include our Aggies showing the national competition that they have got a wrangle on their hands when they step into our corral.

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