The loss was the first to an unranked team for the Aggies (4-5) this season. South Alabama (4-1) opened the match by claiming the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. USA took four of six singles matches from the Aggies to complete the win.
"This was not one of our better matches," said Aggie head coach Carlos Vargas. "We really took a hit while being on the road last week physically and it really showed. We were not the team we are capable of being. We will come back and we will get better."
Freshman Germain Degardin sat out of singles action in the match while battling an ailment.
Junior Luis Ramirez and freshman Patrick Pfister both stepped up with three-set wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively. But the Aggies could not find another win during play as the Jaguars swept the other four matches, three in straight sets.
The Aggies take a midseason break and return to the courts next month on March 8 against Air Force at the NM State Tennis Center.
South Alabama at No. 53 New Mexico State
Feb. 10, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Center)
South Alabama 5, No. 53 New Mexico State 2
1. Romain Bocaert (USA) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 6-7, 6-4, 10-4
2. Alex Bernard (USA) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Daniel Leitner (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
4. Cody Hall (USA) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) def. Hanno Bartsch (USA) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Dauw Kruger (USA) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Romain Bocaert/Alex Bernard (USA) def. Matej Stakne/Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 8-3
2. Marc Westgate/Felipe Frattini (NMSU) def. Hanno Bartsch/Daniel Leitner (USA) 8-7
3. Cody Hall/Christian Kuehne (USA) def. Germain Degardin/Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) 8-5