Boise, Idaho-The New Mexico State University men's tennis team fell short of the Western Athletic Conference title against Fresno State 4-1 in the WAC championship match on Sunday, May 1.
The loss against Fresno State caps off one of the best seasons the Aggies have played in years. NM State finished with a 14-7 regular season record and second in the WAC, the best regular season finish for the Aggies since joining the WAC in 2006.
The championship match against Fresno State was also the best postseason finish for the Aggies while playing in the WAC. The last time NM State reached a conference tournament championship match was in 2000 when the team went 15-6 while playing in the Big West Conference.
Seniors Arthur Surreaux and Jim Brouleau were each named to the All-Tournament Team in singles. Surreaux and Brouleau each finished 1-1 in singles in the tournament; both defeating their opponents from Idaho in the semifinal match on Saturday, April 30. Fresno State is the only other team from the WAC to have two players selected on the All-Tournament Team.
The Aggie pair of Surreaux and sophomore Orlando Superlano was also selected on the All-Tournament Team for doubles. Surreaux and Superlano went 1-1 in the tournament, losing to Idaho and defeating Fresno State.
The Aggies started the day off strong by winning the doubles point. Surreaux and Orlando Superlano defeated Frances Alcantara and Jean-Charles Diame 8-3 in the No. 1 match and sophomore Luis Ramirez and freshman Marc Westgate defeated David Ayoun and Siddharth Alapati 8-4 in the No. 3 match. The No. 1 match of Brouleau and junior Matej Stakne against Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier was declared unfinished with the Aggie duo up 7-6.
The Aggies put up a strong fight against a sturdy Fresno State singles lineup, but was not able to pull off the victory. Seniors Surreaux and Brouleau finished their last singles match as an Aggie at the top of the lineup, each displaying a determined effort against the tough Fresno State lineup. Surreaux fell 6-1, 6-1, to de Villiers in the No. 1 match and Brouleau lost a close 3-set match to Boutillier 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 2 match.
Superlano lost to Diame 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 3 match and Ramirez fell to Nick Papac 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 5 match. The singles matches of Stakne and freshman Felipe Frattini were declared unfinished when Fresno State clinched the match.
State-1, Fresno State-1
1. Rikus de Villiers (FS) def. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Remi Boutillier (FS) def. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Matej Stakne (NMSU) vs. Francis Alcantara (FS) 0-6, 6-3, 1-2 (unfinished)
5. Nick Papac (FS) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Felipe Frattini (NMSU) vs. David Ayoun (FS) 5-7, 4-4 (unfinished)
1. Jim Brouleau/Matej Stakne (NMSU) vs. Rikus de Villiers/Remi Boutillier (FS) 7-6 (unfinished)
2. Orlando Superlano/Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Francis Alcantara/Jean-Charles Diame (FS) 8-3
3. Luis Ramirez/Marc Westgate (NMSU) def. David Ayoun/Siddharth Alapati (FS) 8-4