Aggie Women's Tennis Defeats UNM For The First Time Since 2002

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's tennis team defeated New Mexico 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the NM State Tennis Center for its first win in the Rio Grande Rivalry in eight seasons.

NM State opened by winning the doubles point after senior Sophia Marks and sophomore partner Manon Sylvain clinched the point on court two with a 9-7 decision. The Aggies went on to win five of the six singles matches to defeat the Lobos for only the third time in school history.

With the victory, the Aggies end a two-match losing streak and improve to 6-7 overall this season. New Mexico falls to 1-9 this season.

"We're excited to win this match," said head coach Don Ball. "We thought we matched up well against them but you never know during these rivalry matches it can get a bit dicey."

On doubles court one, the Aggie pair of senior Aleksa Costa and junior Isabela Kulaif extended their three-match win streak to four, now having won seven of their last eight matches in the top slot. As a result, NM State has won the doubles point in eight consecutive matches.

In singles action, senior Sophia Marks returned to action after sitting out due to injury last week. Marks played doubles but the injury nagged her through singles play forcing her to retire after dropping the first set 6-2.

NM State swept four singles matches in straight sets over the Lobos on courts two, three, four and six. On court five, sophomore Natalia Salum need three sets to clinch her match with a 10-6 win in the superbreaker in the third.

New Mexico State 6, New Mexico 1


1. Kulaif/Costa (NMSU) d. Bonner/Shipperd (UNM) 8-3
2. Marks/Sylvain (NMSU) d. Villanueva/Richardson (UNM) 9-7
3. Durie/Eggleston (UNM) d. Pinero/Salum (NMSU) 8-5


1. Villanueva (UNM) d. Marks (NMSU) 6-2, ret.
2. Sylvan (NMSU) d. Bonner (UNM) 6-1, 6-3
3. Kulaif (NMSU) d. Shipperd (UNM) 6-1, 6-1
4. Pinero (NMSU) d. Richardson (UNM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Salum (NMSU) d. Eggleston (UNM) 7-5, 5-7, 10-6
6. Tapia (NMSU) d. Durie (UNM) 6-3, 7-6