Lobos Fall Flat in Rio Grande Rivalry 5-2
April 21, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The Rio Grande Rivalry can best be described as the constant battle between New Mexico State and University of New Mexico. The battle is an all-sport event competition and this match was crucial to UNM sealing victory for the fifth time in a row.
For the past four years, UNM has had at least a 6-10 point lead every year but this year may prove to be different. Since the Lobos fell today 5-2 to the Aggies, this puts the scoreboard to 14.25 for UNM and NMSU at 13.5 for the year so far. This leaves only the May 15, 2012 baseball game to determine if UNM will take home the trophy or if NMSU will, for the first time in history, force a tie.
The Lobos knew of the importance of the match as they traveled to Las Cruces to take on their opponents.
The Lobos took that same fire and energy into singles in the hopes of shifting the momentum in their favor.
At number one singles, Michaela Bezdickova showed that nothing is impossible as she defeated Manon Sylvain after dropping the first set 6-0. Bezdickova had a close second set, but sealed the match in the third as she won with a score of 0-6, 6-4, 6-2.
At number two singles, Maria Sablina was defeated by Denise Van Der Ben with a score of 6-4, 6-2.
Alyssa Caffey fought a close first set but was no match against Ginet Pinero at the number three spot. Pinero took the set 7-5, 6-3.
At the number four spot, Kristin Eggleston fell to Natalia Salum with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
Michaela Oldani was defeated by Annemieke Witte at the number five position with a score of 6-2, 6-2.
At number six singles, Nikolina Grbac faced an equally matched opponent, Ros-Polly Nguyen taking the match to three sets. Nikolina Grbac dropped the first set 6-4, but came back winning the second with the same score of 6-4. She kept that intensity up winning the tiebreak by three points in the third finishing with a final score of 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
“We had our chances to win the doubles point and that point is what sets the tone for the match,” Head Coach Roy Canada said. “NMSU played with a lot of passion for their senior. It is now on to the Conference Tournament and single elimination from now on.”
Dropping the match was a heartbreaker for UNM and it is certainly not ideal leading into the Mountain West Tournament but this is something that the Lobos will have to overcome as they gear up for the tournament coming up in San Diego, Calif. on April 26-29, 2012.