Aggie Men's Tennis Opens WAC Championship against Utah State
The New Mexico State men’s tennis team heads to the 2013 edition of the Western Athletic Conference Championship in Denver, Colo., April 26-28. NM State enters the championship as the No. 4 seed and faced No. 5 Utah State on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
The Aggies go into the tournament as the No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season with a record of 13-8 and 3-2 in conference play. NM State completed the regular season defeating Utah State 4-2 and beating three of its last four opponents.
Consistency throughout the season led the Aggies to a No. 4 seed entering the tournament. At no point in the season did the Aggies lose more than two consecutive matches. NM State also earned five shutout victories this season, including dominating 7-0 wins over UT Permian Basin and Scottsdale Community College.
Some notable wins for the Aggies during the season were against 58th-ranked Texas A&M Corpus Christi and in-state foe Western New Mexico University.
NM State was led by freshmen standout, Daniel Fernandez. During the season Fernandez finished 15-4 in singles overall and 4-0 in WAC play, winning each of his conference matches in straight sets. Fernandez recorded a 12-3 record in doubles, playing primarily with Paul Denele at the No. 3 spot. He was named WAC player of the week twice for his work on the court.
The Aggies enter the tournament on a two-match win streak and look for a repeat performance against No. 5 Utah State, Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. The winner of Friday’s match will face No. 1 seed Denver on Saturday morning.