LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The New Mexico State men’s tennis team was knocked off 7-0 by the No. 42 Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, March 23, in Lubbock, Texas. NM State moves to 9-5 on the season.
The Aggies were swept the Red Raiders in doubles play, but senior Luis Ramirez and junior Marc Westgate battled at the first court before eventually falling 8-6. The Aggies fell 8-5 and 8-3 at the next two respective courts.
Ramirez and Westgate each took their Texas Tech opponent to three sets before giving up the points at the first and fourth courts. Westgate dropped the first game 6-0 at court No. 4, but came back for a 6-4 win in game two before falling in the third set 6-2 to give TTU the point. Ramirez met a similar fate at the top spot with a 6-2 win in the second game, but was upended by Victor Manzini.
Paul Denele also battled at court five (7-6 (7-5), 6-1) with his Red Raider counterpart, but was unable to secure the point.
NM State was downed in straight sets and the second, third and sixth courts. The Aggies continue on the road to meet Montana and Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash on March 27 and 28. The team then heads to meet conference foe Idaho on Friday, March 29 and finishes up the weekend back in Washington against Eastern Washington on Sunday, March 31.
#42 Texas Tech 7, New Mexico State 0
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. Vitor Manzini (TTU) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
2. Gabriel Dias (TTU) def. Daniel Fernandez (NMSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Felipe Soares (TTU) def. Germain Degardin (NMSU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Raphael Pfister (TTU) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
5. Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Paul Denele (NMSU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6. Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Vitor Manzini/Gabriel Dias (TTU) def. Luis Ramirez/Marc Westgate (NMSU) 8-6
2. Felipe Soares/Jeff Bryan (TTU) def. Daniel Fernandez/Naveen Manivannan (NMSU) 8-5
3. Hugo Dojas/Raphael Pfister (TTU) def. Germain Degardin/Yannick Blank (NMSU) 8-3
New Mexico State 9-5
Texas Tech 12-5; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,3,1,4,5)