Las Cruces, N.M.-By defeating No. 50 Boise State 4-2 on Friday, April 22, the No. 73 New Mexico State University men's tennis team accomplished something it has never done before in school history-beat Boise State.
The 4-2 victory over Boise State marks the first victory over the school in school history since competition between the two schools began when the two teams were in the Big West Conference.
The win puts the Aggies at 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference with one match remaining against Nevada. The Aggies are in a position to finish 14-7 which would be the best season record by the men's tennis team since 2000 when the team finished 15-6.
Head tennis coach Carlos Vargas used the recently refined doubles lineup for the third-straight match. The move paid off again with the Aggies winning two of the three doubles matches.
"We found that doubles is the key," Vargas said. "The energy and intensity has improved, but the chemistry is better which is most important."
Before the switch, senior Jim Brouleau and junior Matej Stakne played side-by-side, sophomore Orlando Superlano and Luis Ramirez played together, and senior Arthur Surreaux and freshman Marc Westgate played together.
Vargas' new doubles lineup swapped the positions of Surreux and Ramirez, so that Superlano and Surreaux play together, as well as Westgate and Ramirez.
Brouleau and Stakne defeated Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke 8-6 in the No. 1 match, followed by an 8-6 victory by Superlano and Surreaux over Filipp Pogostkin and Andrew Bettles in the No. 2 match to clinch the doubles point.
The intensity rose on all courts when singles began. Ramirez was the first Aggie off the courts with a victory. Ramirez defeated Mullen 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 5 match. Superlano followed soon after with a 7-5, 6-4, victory over Pogostkin in the No. 3 match. Losses by Stakne and freshman Felipe Frattini left seniors Surreaux and Brouleau out on the court to clinch the victory for the Aggies.
The Aggies finally pulled through when Brouleau defeated Scott Sears 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the No. 2 match to give NM State the magic fourth point.
NM State finishes off its regular season schedule against Nevada on Sunday, April 24, at 9:00 a.m.
1. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) vs. Andrew Bettles (BSU) unfinished
2. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) def. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Jeff Mullen (NMSU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 6-4, 6-2
1. Jim Brouleau/Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) 8-6
2. Orlando Superlano/Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Filipp Pogostkin/Andrew Bettles (BSU) 8-6
3. Scott Sears/Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Luis Ramirez/Marc Westgate (NMSU) 8-4