No. 1 New Mexico Flies Past No. 8 Air Force 4-0 In 2015 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal Match
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The top-seeded and host New Mexico Lobos methodically defeated the No. 8 Air Force Falcons 4-0, setting up a much anticipated semifinal matchup against Boise State on Saturday at Noon, MT. The Broncos have won the last three Mountain West tournament titles, knocking out New Mexico in the championship all three times. The Mountain West 2015 Tennis Championships are being held at the new McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
New Mexico’s All-Conference doubles team of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen, ranked No. 51, clinched the doubles point for UNM with a 6-3 win. Sabatka and Van Leijsen are the last two Mountain West Freshmen of the Year.
From there it was pretty much all New Mexico, with UNM taking the opening set on all six courts. After Sabatka clinched at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-2 to make it 2-0, UNM had big leads on courts two and four. In an odd coincidence, both No. 98 Samir Ifitkhar on court two and Van Leijsen on court four hit winners to end their matches at the exact same time, giving UNM the 4-0 win.
“It’s an honor to play the United States Air Force Academy” said New Mexico interim head coach Bart Scott. “I thought for the first seven points or so, our guys didn’t really take it. They were scoreboard watching a little and no one early took over. Once they did, I thought we did a good job of going about our business.”