- The New Mexico State women's tennis team resumes its fall schedule in the UNLV Women's Tennis Fall Invitational at the Fertitta Tennis Complex this weekend beginning Friday at 11 a.m. MT.
The Aggies join players from six other schools in Las Vegas for the individual tournament including host UNLV, Ole Miss, Utah, Long Beach State, Northern Arizona and Florida Gulf Coast. The Invitational features four flights of singles and four flights of doubles, with up to three rounds of singles and two rounds of doubles in the main draws.
Mississippi's Caroline Rohde-Moe is the tournament's top-ranked player at No. 75 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national preseason rankings. Two UNLV players are also ranked including No. 95 Lucia Batta and No. 117 Aleksandra Josifoska.
NM State seniors Natalia Salum and Manon Sylvain will compete in singles flight one. Salum faces a tough first-round opponent in Batta while Sylvain battles Erin Stephens of Ole Miss. Junior Ginet Pinero will compete in flight two. Sophomore Ros-Polly Nguyen along with freshmen Annemieke Witte and Denise Van Der Ben appear in flight three while junior Jodie Williams and freshman Mandy Mallen compete in flight four.
Doubles competition begins Saturday. Sylvain and Pinero will team up to compete in flight one. In flight two, Salum and Van Der Ben appear. Witte and Williams are bracketed in flight three while Nguyen and Mallen battle in flight four.
"I am looking forward to the next two weekends at UNLV and San Diego State to see how we match up against some of the top schools in our region," said head coach Ivan Fernandez.
Last weekend at home in the Aggie Invitational, NM State players dominated competition from four other schools. Four Aggies finished the weekend undefeated in singles play including Salum, Pinero, Nguyen and Van Der Ben. Seven Aggies finished with winning records at the Invitational.
NM State also saw success in doubles. In the main draw semifinals, two Aggie tandems won to set up a potential All-NM State final. Sylvain and Pinero advanced to the championship along with Salum and Van Der Ben. But the All-Aggie doubles championship match was subsequently canceled.