LAS CRUCES, N.M.— The New Mexico State men’s tennis team has two matches this weekend at the NM State Tennis Center to conclude its spring schedule. The Aggies host Western Athletic Conference member Grand Canyon on Saturday, April 12, before celebrating Senior Day on Sunday, April 13, with a matchup versus UT-Permian Basin. Both matches are scheduled for an 11 a.m. (MDT) start.
NM State heads into the final weekend of play before the WAC Tournament with a 9-10 overall record. The Aggies have won both their conference matches and are 5-4 at the NM State Tennis Center this spring. NM State is coming off a 4-0 win over Western New Mexico at home on Wednesday, April 2.
Grand Canyon sits at 10-5 in the spring, including a .500 record on the road (4-4). The ‘Lopes are coming off a 3-4 loss to Northern Arizona on Friday, April 4.
UTPB is 7-7 overall and 6-2 away from home. The Falcons are currently on a two-match losing steak, losing to UA Fort Smith, 7-2, on Friday, April 4, and Newman on Saturday, April 5, by the same 7-2 mark.
Seniors Marc Westgate, Guilherme Carvalho and Naveen Manivannan will be recognized during Sunday’s matchup versus the Falcons.
Sunday’s dual-match against UTPB at the NM State Tennis Center will not be the last for the Aggies at home this season as NM State will host the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament during the last week of April.
Marc Westgate has won over 30 singles’ matches and 50 doubles’ matches during his four years at NM State. He has spent his senior campaign playing mostly at the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles for the Aggies. He has five singles’ win and 13 doubles’ wins during the 2013-14 season.
Westgate won three of five singles matches during the Aggie Invitational to kick off the season, including defeating the 49th-ranked player in the country, Justin Pena of UT Permian Basin, in three sets. Westgate’s junior season saw him go 16-17 in singles’ play and 19-10 in doubles. He finished spring play with 10 singles’ wins, primarily at the third and fourth courts, He won seven matches at the third position, including a two-set win against the 36th-ranked player in the country. Doubles proved to be the strongpoint in Westgate’s junior season with the Aggies. He worked to 19 wins, playing all but four matches with former Aggie player and current assistant coach Luis Ramirez. Westgate began his career at NM State in 2010. As a freshman, he only played in doubles matches, but was part of an Aggie team that advanced to the WAC Championship match.
Westgate was honored as a second team All-WAC selection in doubles play with Ramirez after the 2012-13 season and was an Academic All-WAC selection as well. He was also named to the 2013 ITA Scholar Athlete list.
In his two seasons with NM State, Carvalho competed in only the fall tournament season for the Aggies. As a senior, he made just two doubles appearances during the fall schedule. Both were with partner Jeremy Harlas against a No. 68-ranked duo from New Mexico. Carvalho made four tournament appearances in singles play for NM State in his final season. While losing each of the four matches, the senior battled two of those matches against the 68th-ranked player in the country.In the 2012-13 at the UNM Balloon Fiesta Invitational, Carvalho and doubles partner Jeremy Harlas went 1-3 and picked up a win of the tournament in the consolation round against the US Air Force Academy 8-6. He made just one appearance during spring play in her first year with the team. He and former Aggie Luis Ramirez took on the pair from UT-Permian Basin for an 8-6 win.
Manivannan played two seasons for the Aggies and combined for a 15-14 singles record. He played just one spring singles match for NM State in his first season, but found a spot in the rotations in his senior campaign at the No. 6 position. He is 5-2 this spring, winning his first five matches of the season. He found his strength in doubles play with the Aggies, tallying a 38-14 record in two seasons. Manivannan went 19-7 during the 2013-14 season, which included 10 straight wins with partner Thomas Douglas during tournament play. He finished the 2012-13 season on a four-match winning streak with his partners at the No. 3 doubles spot. Two of those wins came when Manivannan and teammate Yannick Blank won their matches in the quarter and semifinals matches of the 2013 WAC Tournament. He was an Academic All-WAC selection in 2013 and was named to the 2013 ITA Scholar Athlete list.