Las Cruces, N.M.-The New Mexico State University men's tennis team will travel to Fresno, Calif., this weekend for a critical showdown with Western Athletic Conference opponents No. 39 Fresno State and Hawai'i.
NM State will begin with Fresno State on Friday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m. (MT). NM State will take one day of rest and will face Hawai'i on Sunday, April 17, at 9:00 a.m. (MT).
The Aggies are entering the most essential part of their schedule with five of their remaining six opponents being conference rivals. Two of the remaining conference opponents for NM State, Fresno State and Boise State, are currently ranked in the top 75 (Fresno State at No. 39 and Boise State at No. 52).
Senior Arthur Surreaux remains in the national rankings despite three weeks off. Surreaux is currently ranked No. 64 in singles.
Surreaux is the highest-ranked singles player between all three of the WAC teams that will be facing off in Fresno this weekend.
Remi Boutillier of Fresno State is currently ranked No. 94 in singles. Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers are both ranked No. 17 in doubles.
Last season NM State defeated Hawai'i 4-3 on April 15, 2010, in Las Cruces and lost to Fresno State 4-3 on April 18, 2010, in Las Cruces.
Fresno State is 11-8 overall and 3-0 in the WAC with wins over Hawai'i, Idaho and Utah State. Hawai'i is 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the WAC with a win over Utah State and losses to Fresno State and Idaho.
Three Aggies are entering the weekend on singles match winning streaks of at least three matches. Sophomore Orlando Superlano is leading the hot streak with a 7-match winning streak for singles. Senior Jim Brouleau and sophomore Luis Ramirez are each on a 3-match winning streak for singles of their own.
Brouleau, Superlano and Ramirez have each eclipsed the double-digit mark for singles victories so far this season. Superlano leads the Aggies with a 12-2 record in singles. Brouleau is right behind with a 12-3 record, and Ramirez owns a 10-5 record.