NM State (5-14, 1-3 WAC) won at No. 1 doubles with recent changes in the lineup as sophomore Marc Westgate and junior Luis Ramirez won 8-6. After a win at No. 2 singles, Idaho (10-13, 1-2 WAC) edged NM State 9-8 at No. 3 doubles to take the doubles point.
Idaho carried the momentum into singles play by taking four of six matches against the Aggies. Senior Matej Stakne posted an early straight-sets victory at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman
Germain Degardin was the other winner for NM State with a come-from-behind win at No. 4 singles. After dropping the first set 6-4 Degardin won the second in extra games at 7-5. He would take the final set in a superbreaker 10-5.
"We made some changes to our doubles lineup this weekend and there are some positive things happening there," head coach Carlos Vargas said. "With these six guys that I have in our lineup, I know they are going to compete hard. That's all I have been asking of them. We've got six guys that are giving their all even if they are injured or banged up."
NM State makes its final road trip of the season when it battles Nevada in Reno on Friday, April 6. The Aggies face Portland State in the final road match of the season the following day.
at New Mexico State
April 1, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)
Idaho 5, New Mexico State 2
No. 1: Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Marius Cirstea (UI) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2: Abid Akbar (UI) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 3: Cristobal Ramos Salazar (UI) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Jose Bendeck (UI) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5
No. 5: Cesar Torres (UI) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Alan Shin (UI) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 1: Westgate/Ramirez (NMSU) def. Bendeck/Ramos (UI), 8-6
No. 2: Akbar/Dobbs (UI) def. Degardin/Pfister (NMSU) 8-5
No. 3: Cirstea/Jake Knox (UI) def. Stakne/Cabrita (NMSU) 9-8