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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After nearly a week away from competition, the New Mexico State women’s tennis team fell 4-3 to the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday, March 30. NM State moves to 5-11 on the season.

Aggies Ginet Pinero and Ros-Polly Nguyen were the only win for NM State in doubles, allowing the crucial point to the Lobos. The Aggie pair worked for an 8-5 win at the top doubles spot, but the Lobos were able to pick up wins at courts two and three for the point.

“It was a hard-fought loss for us,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had chances on a couple of other singles courts today, but without the doubles point it just becomes too much pressure to have to win four of the six singles matches.”

NM State did come out with three of those singles wins, however. Pinero and Nguyen were among the Aggies on the winning side of the dual. Pinero worked for a two-set (6-2, 6-1) win at the No. 2 spot, while Nguyen knocked off her opponent in the fifth position in two sets also.

The third Aggie win came at the third spot with Denise Van Der Ben topping Kristin Eggleston 6-3 and 6-1.

NM State was unable to pull off the wins at the remaining three courts and eventually fell to the in-state rival 4-3. The Lobos improve to 7-8 on the season.

The Aggies continue on the road for three-straight conference matches next weekend. First, NM State meets UT-Arlington on Friday, April 5. The weekend continues with a Saturday dual against Idaho and concludes against UTSA on Sunday, April 7. Each of the three matches are set to be played in San Antonio, Texas.

University of New Mexico 4, New Mexico State 3

Singles competition

1. BEZDICKOVA, Michaela (UNM) def. WILLIAMS, Jodie (NMSTATE) 7-5, 6-0

2. PINERO, Ginet (NMSTATE) def. GRBAC, Nikolina (UNM) 6-2, 6-1

3. VAN DER BEN, Denise (NMSTATE) def. EGGLESTON, Kristin (UNM) 6-3, 6-1

4. MAHBOOB KHAN, Sarah (UNM) def. WITTE, Annemieke (NMSTATE) 6-2, 7-5

5. NGUYEN, Ros-Polly (NMSTATE) def. RICHARDSON, Laura (UNM) 6-4, 6-1

6. OLDANI, Michaela (UNM) def. BRANDT, Mia (NMSTATE) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. PINERO, Ginet/NGUYEN, Ros-Polly (NMSTATE) def. BEZDICKOVA, Michaela/RICHARDSON, Laura (UNM) 8-5

2. MAHBOOB KHAN, Sarah/OLDANI, Michaela (UNM) def. VAN DER BEN, Denise/WITTE, Annemieke (NMSTATE) 8-4

3. EGGLESTON, Kristin/GRBAC, Nikolina (UNM) def. WILLIAMS, Jodie/BRANDT, Mia (NMSTATE) 8-4

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