'Dogs Fall In MW Quarterfinals

April 25, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The fifth-seeded Fresno State men's tennis team lost 4-1 to fourth-seeded and nationally ranked New Mexico on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament.

The Lobos got off to a quick start winning the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. Both courts were won 8-3.

In singles, UUNM raced ahead 3-0 notching wins at No. 1 and No. 6. Despite only having four matches left on court, the 'Dogs still had a legitimate chance to win. Junior Sam MacNeil and freshman Nikolas Papic both won their first sets, while Reid deLaubenfels had forced a third set and Sai Kartik Nakireddi was trying to do the same.

Papic secured the lone point for the Bulldogs as he defeated Mitch McDaniels 6-2, 7-5 at the four spot.

Samir Iftikhar eventually secured the match for the Lobos with a large comeback in the second set to defeat Kartik 6-2, 7-6(8-6). Fresno State finished 7-17 on the season. Tennis Match Results

#66 (4) New Mexico 4, (5) Fresno State 1

Singles competition
1. PHILLIPS, Jadon (UNM) def. Felipe Fritz (FS) 6-1, 6-1
2. BERG, Conor (UNM) vs. Reid deLaubenfels (FS) 6-3, 2-6, 2-2, unfinished
3. IFTIKHAR, Samir (UNM) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Nikolas Papic (FS) def. MCDANIELS, Mitch (UNM) 6-2, 7-5
5. HIGNETT, James (UNM) vs. Sam MacNeil (FS) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
6. VAN DER VYVER, Andr. (UNM) def. Jeremy Quiroz (FS) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. BERG, Conor/VAN DER VYVER, Andr. (UNM) def. Reid deLaubenfels/Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) 8-3
2. HIGNETT, James/HEGELUND, Mads (UNM) def. Felipe Fritz/Nikolas Papic (FS) 8-3
3. PHILLIPS, Jadon/HEGELUND, Simon (UNM) vs. Jeremy Quiroz/Sam MacNeil (FS) 7-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,4,3)

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