LAS CRUCES, N.M.— The New Mexico State men’s tennis team will face in-state rival, New Mexico, Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at the NM State Tennis Center.
The Aggies are led by fourth year head coach, Carlos Vargas, who has guided NM State to an 8-8 overall record and a 2-0 conference record this season. The Aggies look to shift the direction of the I-25 rivalry after suffering losses to the Lobos in each of the past three years.
NM State has shown the ability to win consecutive matches, with two three-match winning streaks on the season. The first streak began on Feb. 1 against UC Riverside and ended on Feb. 15 in a loss to Weber State. The second streak began right after the loss to Weber State when they beat Northern Arizona by a score of 4-0 on Feb. 15. The second streak concluded on Feb. 23 when they fell to Arizona by a score of 4-2.
NM State has lost five of its last six contests heading into the matchup with the Lobos. The most recent loss came to the hands of No. 49 Santa Clara in a close match.
With an 8-8 overall record, the Aggies look to go above .500 with a win in their next outing. NM State hopes for a big performance out of the reigning WAC Athlete of the Week, Patrick Pfister.
Head coach Alan Dils, in his 16th season, has coached the Lobos to an impressive 15-6 record on the season so far. The Lobos started the season on a tear, winning their first seven matches and only allowing a total of four points. However, they have struggled in recent matches. In their past six matches, the Lobos have split, going 3-3 during that span. Their last game came against Drake on March 16, where they loss by a score of 4-1. The Lobos are ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference with a 2-1 conference record.
The match between NM State and New Mexico will take place at the NM State Tennis Center in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday March 22, at 1 p.m. (MT).