Action Concludes At First Day Of 2013 Mountain West Tennis Championships

April 25, 2013


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Ninth-seeded Colorado State won its first Mountain West match of the season, defeating No. 8 New Mexico 4-2 in Thursday's opening round match of the 2013 MW Women's Tennis Championship at the United States Air Force Academy Tennis Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Rams (5-15) advance to Friday's quarterfinal round and will play top-seeded and No. 39 San Diego State (20-4) at 10 a.m. MT. The Lobos end their season at 7-15. Freshman Abby Stevens clinched the match for Colorado State as she defeated New Mexico's Michaela Bezdickova at No. 1 singles in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Natalie Heffron (No. 2 singles) and Mollie Cooper (No. 6) also recorded victories for the Rams, who won the doubles point by taking the No. 1 and No. 2 matches.

In addition to the women's match, three men's opening round contests were held on Thursday.

The action on the men's side began in the morning as No. 4 New Mexico took down No. 5 Fresno State 4-2. The No. 66 Lobos seized the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots, then proceeded to claim victories at No. 6 (Andy Van Der Vyver) and No. 1 singles (Jadon Phillips). Samir Iftikhar sealed the win with a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) win over the Bulldogs' Sai Kartik Nakireddi.

New Mexico will play No. 1 San Diego State (18-7) in Saturday's semifinals at 2 p.m. MT. The Bulldogs end their season at 7-17.

In the afternoon session, No. 2 Boise State defeated No. 7 Air Force 4-1. The Falcons scored their first point in the MW Championship since 2005 in the loss as Lance Wilhelm won his No. 1 singles match against No. 30 Andy Bettles, 6-3, 6-2. The Falcons finish the year 11-13.

The Broncos (18-9), ranked 46th nationally, earned the doubles point and received singles wins from No. 2 Nathan Sereke (6-2, 7-5 over Steven Young), No. 5 Thomas Tenreiro (6-3, 6-0 over Andy Jackson) and No. 6 Garrett Patton (7-5, 6-4 against Andrew Parks).

Boise State will play No. 3 UNLV in the other semifinal match. The No. 62 Rebels outlasted their in-state rival, Nevada, 4-2. UNLV (17-6) won the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Ace Matias took down Nevada's Moez Echargui, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. Charlie Alvarado won his No. 3 singles match over the Wolf Pack's Fernando Sunago, 7-5, 6-1. Tamas Batyi secured the victory for UNLV with his No. 3 singles win over Andrew Poustie, 6-2, 6-4.

Play resumes at 10 a.m. Friday with the women's quarterfinal matches.