Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's and women's tennis teams have received its seeds for the 2008 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships that the Aggies are hosting at the NMSU Tennis Center, Apr. 24-27. The women's teams kick off the tournament on Thursday the 24th and the men begin play on Friday the 25th.
The men's team received the No. 3 seed, its highest ever seed in the conference tournament since joining the WAC in June 2005, as they finished the regular season with a 12-6 record. The men will face No. 6 seed Nevada on Friday, Apr. 25 in the quarterfinals at 9:00 a.m. and NMSU will have the opportunity to avenge its 4-2 loss to Wolf Pack from last year's opening round at the conference championships.
With an 11-9 overall record the women's team received the No. 4 seed and they will face Hawai'i on Thursday, Apr. 24 at 9:00 a.m.
Both the men's and women's tennis teams should have a decisive advantage since they will be playing in their own back yard. The men's team went 6-2 at home this year and its only two losses came to No. 57 New Mexico and No. 41 Texas Tech. NMSU's women's team posted a 5-2 home record this season and one of those losses also came to a ranked opponent in No. 62 UNM.
Head coach Don Ball felt that his teams were seeded right where he thought they would be and he said that the seedings were very fair.
"Both of our teams play someone that we haven't faced this year so we're kind of lost on how our opponents will be," Ball said. "I know both matches will be competitive. It's nice to know who we will be playing and now we have three days of practice to prepare ourselves for the matches."
"The men play basically the same exact Nevada team that knocked us out of the tournament last year, so we're looking forward to facing them. Hawai'i has a tough team and we'll have to be able to play well to win. There are no easy matches."
On the men's side, the Aggies have won 60.6 percent of their singles matches this spring. Freshman Jim Brouleau and junior Roman Stoisavljevic lead the team with 11 singles victories each. Brouleau enters the conference championships with a five-match winning streak and he was named the WAC Player of the Week after the Aggies final week of the regular season.
NMSU won both of its WAC regular season matches this year. The Aggies defeated Idaho, 4-3 on Feb. 8 and two days later they downed Utah State, 6-1. Both matches were played at the NMSU Tennis Center.
The Wolf Pack (7-13) come into Friday's quarterfinal match with NMSU having won their last four matches. Nevada went 1-2 in conference play this season, losing to Idaho (4-3) and Fresno State (7-0) while they defeated Utah State (5-2).
Last year Nevada was able to knock the Aggies out of the championships in the opening round with a 4-2 victory. New Mexico State won the doubles point of that match, but Eduardo Salas was the only Aggie able to win in singles action as the Wolf Pack pull away for the victory.
The Aggie women are coming off its 7-0 sweep over Cal State Fullerton on Apr. 13 and that was NMSU's fourth, 7-0 sweep of the season. New Mexico State has four players that have won 11 or more matches this spring. Junior Stephanie Eusebe and senior Anne Fagegaltier lead NMSU with 15 and 14 singles victories respectively.
Like the Aggie men, the women's team won both of its conference matches this season. The Aggies swept both Idaho and Utah State in early February and in fact are 9-1 all-time in WAC regular season matches.
The Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (6-16) started out the year losing its first 14 matches, but finished strong and took six out of their last eight. UH went 1-2 in conference play, defeating Idaho (5-2) and losing to Fresno State (7-0) and Nevada (5-2).
WAC Tournament Information
New Mexico State campus dining will be providing concessions for fans at the championships.
All-session tickets are currently available for purchase and this can be done by one of four ways: by calling the NMSU Ticket Office at (575) 646-1420, by calling the NMSU Ticket Office toll free at (866) 672-8524, by calling Ticketmaster at (575) 532-2060 or by going online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Purchases can also be made in person at the NMSU Ticket Office. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Single session tickets will be available starting Wednesday, Apr. 23. Below is a list of the price ranges of all the ticket options available.
All-Session Tickets (14 matches):
Adults - $10
Seniors - $8
Youth - $5
Adults - $5
Seniors - $5
Youth - $3
Kids (12 and Under) and WAC Students receive free admission. All seats are general admission, parking included.