Aggie Men’s Tennis Concludes Commanding Weekend With Titles

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshmen sensation Jim Brouleau easily won his championship match in the top singles flight at the UNM Balloon Fiesta Classic Sunday. The win put the explanation point on the weekend where the Aggies clearly dominated the field.

He defeated New Mexico’s Miles Bugby, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his second singles championship in just his third career fall tournament. He is now 9-2 in singles play with one of his losses coming to the seventh-ranked player in the country.

Assistant coach Carlos Vargas could not have been more pleased with the performance of his team the entire weekend.

"We're really excited with how we dominated the field this weekend," Vargas said. "Jim played a great match today and our two doubles team defeated quality opponents. I really like how we are growing early this season and we are on the right path to have a great year."

The victory capped of the dominating weekend for the Aggies where NMSU had five players reach the quarterfinals of the two singles draws and they posted a cumulative 22-12 record. New Mexico State led the doubles competition the entire weekend and two of their doubles teams made it to the championship match.

Junior Stefan McKinney and Alejandro de Mucha defeated Air Force’s Austin Francis and James Tomlin, 8-5 to reach the title match early Sunday morning. Then sophomore Eduardo Salas and Brouleau persevered in their close match against Northern Arizona’s Chris Arena and Bradley Bristow, winning in a tiebreaker, 9-8.

The Aggies did not play the title doubles match, they will just take the championship for the team overall.

In singles consolation action, sophomore Alejandro de Mucha defeated Air Force’s Brett Rodgers, 6-1, 3-6, 10-6. He went 4-1 over the weekend and is now 7-4 on the year. Classmate Luka Stupar defeated Denver’s Jake Goldberg in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6. With his victory he became the third Aggie with four singles victories.

Freshman Guy Rutten rebounded from his rough start and came back to win his final match on Sunday. He was impressive in his three set tiebreak victory where he came back from a tough second set to win the match, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.

After winning three straight matches in the consolation B draw, freshman Craig Duran fell in the consolation championship match to NAU’s Ryan Fraser, 7-6, 6-0. He finished with a 3-2 record in his second career fall tournament and now has a 6-3 record this fall.

Up next for the Aggies is the Region VII Omni in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 17-21.