LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Jan. 17) - The New Mexico State men's
tennis team opens the 2013 spring season at home against the Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Saturday, Jan. 19. The team opens the
spring season against the Islanders for the fourth straight season.
The Aggies are 3-1 in recent years against the Islanders,
but fell in the season opener in 2012 4-3 in Las Cruces. The Aggies finished
the 2012 spring season with an 8-15 overall record while going 2-3 in Western
Athletic Conference play.
"I'm glad to get the team on the court to compete," head
coach Carlos Vargas said. "We have a full team this year, so they have to fight
for their spots, and I think that is bringing out some great competition. I am
seeing what I'd like from the team at this point and this weekend will help me
set a solid lineup for the year."
During the fall tournament season, freshmen Daniel Fernandez
and Naveen Manivannan proved to be solid contributors to the team and the duo
claimed the Balloon Fiesta Invitational title in their respective flight. The
pair defeated fellow Aggies, senior Luis Ramirez and junior Marc Westgate, 8-5,
en route to the crown.
The Aggies return four players to the court this season, led
by lone senior Luis Ramirez. The senior finished 2012 with a 12-11 singles
record and teamed up with Matej Stakne for a 6-6 doubles record last year. Sophomore Germain Degardin lead the Aggies
during the 2012 dual season with a 13-9 singles record playing mainly at the
third and fourth poisition.
The dual is set for the Aggie Tennis Center beginning with
dual competition at 1 p.m., followed by the singles matches.
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