#46 Lobos Drop Match to # 40 BYU 5-2

March 10, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—It seems that experience plays a key role against a well-seasoned team. The Lobos may have fallen 5-2 to BYU, but seniors Ben Dunbar and Carl Ho made it out on top both winning their singles matches.

The match was tough as both nationally ranked teams went head-to-head in doubles.

At number one doubles, Ben Dunbar and Conor Berg finished last falling to Batrakov/Kawka 8-6.

At number two doubles, Matthew Neeld and Jadon Phillips gave it all they had against Smith/Sargeant but it was not enough falling with a score of 8-1.

Carl Ho and James Hignett took the win at number three doubles defeating Cullimor/Eraso with a score of 8-5.

The Lobos dropped the first point of the match to BYU. It was now onto singles.

At number one singles, Jadon Phillips faced off against Georgy Batrakov falling 6-2, 6-2.

Ben Dunbar relied on his experience and skill in facing his opponent Patrik Kawka at number two singles. Ben Dunbar won his match 6-3, 6-4.

At number three singles, Conor Berg’s 12 win streak was stopped short against Spence Smith as he fell with a score of 6-2, 6-4.

At number four singles, Samir Iftikhar was the last left on the court as he faced Keaton Cullimore. In a long and challenging match, BYU came out on top defeating Samir Iftikhar with a score of 7-5, 6-4.

Carl Ho made winning look easy as he defeated Francis Sargeant at number five singles with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

At number six singles, Mads Hegelund fell in a tight match against Michael Eraso with a score of 6-4, 6-4.

“We have always had very good matches with BYU. Today was not any exception. They are a very experienced team with a lot of upperclassmen,” Head Coach Alan Dils said. “I don’t think it is any surprise that our seniors were the ones who won in singles. Against good teams, usually experience comes to help you a little bit. I’m not disappointed in the guys over this match.”

The next match that the Lobos will play will be an interesting one as former Lobo Tad Berkowitz will be coming home as Arizona’s Head Coach instead.

The Lobos face off against Arizona on March 14, 2012 at 12 p.m.