Thursday's match will be the Aggies' (4-5, 1-0 WAC) first in nearly a month. NM State last competed against South Alabama on Feb. 10 - a match the Aggies dropped 5-2.
Air Force (5-6, 0-1 MWC) enters the match on a five-match losing streak. The Falcons' most recent loss came against UNLV by the score of 4-3 on March 3.
Junior Lance Wilhelm, the Falcons' No. 1 singles player, holds an 8-3 singles record. Wilhem came back to defeat Rene Ruegamer, the UNLV No. 1, by a score of 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
NM State's No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Matej Stakne and junior Luis Ramirez enter the Air Force match with a doubles record of 5-2. Stakne, who is 3-6 in singles this year, will duel Wilhelm at the No. 1 singles position. Luis Ramirez currently holds a singles record of 6-3.
NM State is ranked second in the WAC behind Fresno State (9-1, 1-0 WAC) despite the layoff. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has however dropped the Aggies out of their latest March 6 rankings. NM State was ranked as high as No. 53 in the Feb. 7 ITA poll.
After Air Force, the Aggies will travel to Tucson, Ariz. where they will play No. 47 San Diego State (March 11) and host Arizona (March 12).