SPOKANE, WASH. – Finishing the weekend with 2-2, the New Mexico State men’s tennis team topped Eastern Washington 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, March 31, to improve its overall season record to 11-7.
The Aggies were quick to pick up two wins in doubles play for the first point. Luis Ramirez and Marc Westgate worked their way to a 8-5 win at court one, while Daniel Fernandez and Naveen Manivannan teamed up to win at the third spot 8-3. With the Aggies winning the first two matches, court two was left unfinished.
As singles play got under way, Germain Degardin bounced to a two-set win at the third court to get things started for the Aggies. Westgate and Paul Denele each worked for Aggie wins at the fourth and fifth court, while Paul Pfister helped NM State to the 5-0 win over the Eagles by claiming a 6-1, 6-1 win at the sixth spot.
Westgate worked for a 6-1, 6-1 win at court four, giving the junior his first singles win since March 19. Denele picked up a 6-3 victory in set one and came up with a 6-1 win in the second set. The win is Denele’s ninth of the season and fifth at the fifth position.
NM State heads into its final home dual of the season against Western Athletic Conference for Denver. The Aggies go into the weekend 11-7 overall and 1-1 in league play. Denver meets Seattle U on Friday to open conference play before making the trip to Las Cruces, Sunday April 7.
New Mexico State 5, Eastern Washington 0
Ramirez/Westgate (NMST) def. Cohen/Martinez (EWU) 8-5
Degardin/Blank (NMST) vs. Bringold/Carpio (EWU) DNF
Fernandez/Manivannan (NMST) def. Koetje/Aranguiz (EWU) 8-3
Ramirez (NMST) vs. Cohen (EWU) DNF
Fernandez (NMST) vs. Martinez (EWU) DNF
Degardin (NMST) def. Aranguiz (EWU) 6-0, 6-1
Westgate (NMST) def. Koetje (EWU) 6-1, 6-1
Denele (EWU) def. Bringold (EWU) 6-3, 6-1
Pfister (NMST) def. Farrar (EW) 6-1, 6-1