The host University of New Mexico women’s tennis team (11-8) defeated New Mexico State 5-2 on Friday and, in doing so, finished the spring season unbeaten at home in eight matches.
It was Senior Day at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium, and the Lobos’ lone senior, Ruth Copas, prevailed both in No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles. She won over the 12-9 Aggies’ Rebecca Keijzerwaard 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) to clinch the match, and she teamed with Hsiang-Wen Haung to beat Chloe Gavino and Keijzerwaard to help win the doubles point.
UNM also got wins from Bronte Murgett (6-1, 6-2) over Lindsay Harlas in No. 2 singles; Huang (6-3, 4-6, 10-6 in a tiebreaker) over Harsha Challa in No. 3 singles, and Yue Lin Chen (6-1, 6-1) over Gavino in No. 6 singles.
NMSU got wins from Neus Torregrosa (6-1, 7-5) over Danielle Quevedo in No. 4 singles and Yadira Rubio over Natasha Munday (6-4, 6-3) in No. 5.
UNM, winner of eight of its last nine matches, returns to action April 19 at Air Force. NMSU wraps its regular season today at 2 p.m. at UTEP.
MEN’S TENNIS: In the back end of the women’s-men’s doubleheader, Mountain West Conference-leading UNM defeated UNLV 4-0. The Lobos improved to 10-7 overall, 5-0 in the league and need to win either of its final two league matches to claim the outright regular-season MWC championship.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: In Tucson, UNM extended its win streak to four matches after defeating Santa Clara, 5-0, and Ottawa University Arizona, 3-2, Friday.
SOFTBALL: In Riverside, Calif., New Mexico State (20-16, 4-4) split a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader with Cal Riverside (17-25, 4-7). The Aggies won the nightcap 3-1 as Nikki Butler went 4-for-4, homered and drove in three runs. The hosts won game one 5-2.
BASEBALL: In Las Cruces, New Mexico State scored four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead then held on for a 10-9 win over Northern Colorado.