Las Cruces, N.M.-The New Mexico State University women's tennis team prepares for a crucial weekend road trip to Reno, Nev., to face the University of Nevada and No. 38 Boise State University.
NM State will face Nevada on Friday, April 8, and Boise State on Saturday, April 9. NM State is currently 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 4-3 loss to Idaho back on March 14, and a 5-2 victory over Utah State this past weekend on Saturday, April 2.
"Both of these teams are arguably the toughest teams in the conference," said head tennis coach Ivan Fernandez.
Boise State is 3-0 in the WAC heading into the weekend match, with wins over Utah State, Idaho and San Jose State. Boise State is 13-6 overall with a 5-6 record against ranked opponents. Boise State is currently on a 3-match winning streak heading into the weekend.
Nevada is 1-1 in the WAC, but just 5-9 overall. Nevada has key victories over New Mexico University and the University of Hawai'i.
NM State is coming off a good weekend, winning matches against Utah State University and Weber State. NM State defeated Utah State 5-2 on Saturday, April 2, and defeated Weber State 5-2 on Sunday, April 3.
"We are fortunately coming off a good weekend," Fernandez said. "We have a lot of confidence right now."
Last season NM State fell to Nevada and Boise State 4-0 in each match and finished 4-4 in the conference. Fernandez said the team will have to play its best tennis to win both of these matches.
"We will have to come out firing on all cylinders, which is something we can definitely do," Fernandez said.