Lobos Advance to Semifinals of UNM Balloon Fiesta Invitational

Oct. 5, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Friday weather was absolutely perfect for playing tennis at the UNM Balloon Fiesta Invitational. The competition was great, there was great diversity amongst the players and the Lobos advanced five singles and one doubles team to the main draw.

There are four singles draws and two doubles draws much like the last tournament that UNM played at meaning that there are multiple chances for the Lobos to become tournament champions.

In the Cherry doubles draw, Samir Iftikhar and Mads Hegelund had a rough time against Manley/Clinkenbeard of the University of Denver. The match was just too close to call as both teams played top-notched tennis. Sadly, Iftikhar and Hegelund lost the match in a tiebreak with DU winning 9-8.

 In the Silver doubles draw, Evan Corona-Saunders and Simon Hegelund teamed up together but couldn’t pull out the win against Northern Arizona’s Schimmelbauer/Bermudez as they fell 8-5.

Also, in the Silver doubles draw, James Hignett and Riaan Du Toit were on the other end of the 8-5 score as they defeated U.S. Air Force Academy’s McCullers/Parks to advance to the semifinals.

Singles matches followed directly after doubles.

In the Cherry singles draw, Samir Iftikhar and Mads Hegelund advanced to the semifinals after defeating their opponents with ease. Iftikhar beat University of Denver’s Luke Manley with a score of 6-1, 6-2, while Mads Hegelund defeated Northern Arizona’s Shaun Waters with a score of 6-3, 6-3.

In the Silver singles draw, James Hignett and Riaan Du Toit also advanced to the semifinals. James Hignett had a close first set but managed to pull out the win in the end defeating University of Denver’s Alex Clinkenbeard with a score of 6-4, 6-1. Riaan Du Toit lost his first set against NMSU’s Germain Degardin, but kept his cool and his composure to win the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

In the White singles draw, Simon Hegelund fell to U.S Air Force Academy’s Alex Lineberry with a score of 6-2, 6-4. He will face NMSU’s Jeremey Harlas in the consolation semifinals tomorrow.

In the Turquoise singles draw, Mitch McDaniels came into his match very confident and came out the same way as he dropped only one game against NMSU’s Strahinja Trecakov to advance to the semifinals with a score of 6-1, 6-0.

Associate Head Coach Bart Scott was very pleased with today’s results and had this to say about it:

“It was a good success. We put a lot of work in over the week preparing for this tournament and in specific areas. It was really nice to see the guys come out and try to implement that, whether it worked or not, they still were working hard on using what we practiced on at Rice, Midland, and Denver tournaments. The guys came out and played great. It was nice to see James Hignett defeating his opponent, who earlier in the season defeated a Lobo, and I was proud of Riaan Du Toit winning his first match at home staying calm and poised throughout his three set match. That is a great trait for all freshmen to have. Overall, I thought it was a good success and we changed the format of play, which is working out great so far. The weather was great, and the matches were high-quality. I’m looking forward to what tomorrow has in store for us.”

Tomorrow’s matches will start at 10 a.m. again with doubles first, and singles to follow.

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