Lobos Roll Past Blue Devils 5-2

March 8, 2013


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos roll past the Blue Devils in good fashion defeating them with a score of 5-2 at home. UNM advances to 7-7 overall while DePaul drops to 3-10 overall. The Lobos will play in the Rio Grande Rivalry tomorrow facing New Mexico State at 5 p.m. MT at home.

The Lobos started the day off on good terms taking the doubles point.

At number one doubles, Andrew Van Der Vyver and Conor Berg teamed up to defeat Mathias Hambach and Jan-Willem Feilzer with a score of 8-2.

The Lobos were stopped at the second court by DePaul as they won the match 8-5 against Lobos Jadon Phillips and Riaan Du Toit.

The doubles point rested on the shoulders of the winner of court number three. Lobos James Hignett and Mads Hegelund did not falter under the pressure taking the win with a score of 8-3 over Adam Reinhart and Paul John.

With the doubles point quickly in hand for UNM, they left little to chance as they headed into the singles portion of the match.

The first player to walk off the court was sophomore Hignett as he defeated his opponent, John with a score of 6-4, 6-0 at number six singles. This put the Lobos up to 2-0 in the match.

The next Lobo to finish less than a minute behind him was senior Phillips as he garnered a win for UNM with a score of 6-2, 6-2 over Sten Leusink at the number three spot. The Lobos were now up 3-0 in the match and only needed one more win to secure victory.

The dual match win was clinched with a win of 7-6, 6-0 at number two singles as senior Berg walked away from the court after defeating Hambach. The Lobos clinched the victory at 4-0 putting them up to 6-1 when they play at home.

DePaul’s Feilzer had a tough match against UNM’s Hegelund at number five singles. Hegelund fell in the first set but managed to come back taking the second set. Feilzer stepped up his game and ended up winning the match in a super tie-breaker with a final score of 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-2).

At number one singles, Samir Iftikhar fell to Dzanko with a score of 6-3, 6-4.

The last to finish was freshman Du Toit as he faced Johnson at number four singles. Du Toit had a close first set but was unable to win it falling 7-5. He blasted away his opponent in the second set 6-1 and kept his momentum up to win the third and final set in a super tie-breaker 10-6.

The Lobos increase their overall record to 7-7 while DePaul drop to 3-10 for the season. The Lobos will take place in the Rio Grande Rivalry when they face New Mexico State tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. MT in the Bubble at the Linda Estes Tennis Center.

“I wouldn’t be thrilled and say this is a great step from the Texas Tech match,” Head Coach Alan Dils said. “If anything, we took a step backwards. We have to come out and play a lot harder from top to bottom tomorrow against New Mexico State.”

An interesting fact to keep in mind is that since Dils has been a coach, both assistant and head, he is 21-6 against the Aggies.

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