LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 30) - The New Mexico State men's tennis team fell 4-3 to UT Arlington in a Friday afternoon match at the NM State Tennis Center.
The Aggies (4-13) got off to a good start against UTA (5-9) by sweeping all three doubles matches to gain a 1-0 advantage.
UTA battled back with three quick singles wins to put the Aggies on the ropes 3-1. The Mavericks won in straight sets at the Nos. 2, 5 and 6 spots to put pressure on the hosts.
NM State knotted the match at 3-3 with a pair of wins in the middle of the lineup. Junior Luis Ramirez scored a straight set 7-5, 6-4 victory to pull the Aggies to within one. Freshman Germain Degardin won in three sets in to tie the match. Degardin took the first set 6-3, dropped the second by the same score then won 6-3 again in the deciding set.
The match was decided at the top spot in the lineup. Aggie senior Matej Stakne won the first set in a tiebreaker at 7-6. UTA took set two 6-2 to force a third set. Stakne ran out of gas in the third, as UTA claimed the match on a 6-0 win in the third set.
The Aggie men's tennis team looks to snap its losing streak when it faces Northern Arizona on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. before finishing the weekend against WAC rival Idaho on Sunday, April 1, at 10 a.m.
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UT Arlington at New Mexico State
March 30, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)
UT Arlington 4, New Mexico State 3
No. 1: Mindaugas Celedinas (UTA) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU), 7-6, 2-6, 6-0
No. 2: Soren Goritzka (UTA) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Yauheni Yakauleu (UTA), 7-5, 6-4
No. 4: Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Nicolas Moreno (UTA), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 5: David Subirats (UTA) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6: Stefan Williams (UTA) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 6, 5, 3, 4, 1
No. 1: Westgate/Ramirez (NMSU) def. Celedinas/Goritzka (UTA), 8-2
No. 2: Degardin/Pfister (NMSU) def. Yakauleu/Subirats (UTA), 9-8
No. 3: Stakne/Cabrita (NMSU) def. Moreno/Williams (UTA), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2