Four Aggies Reach Round of 32 At Regionals

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - Four singles players for the New Mexico State men's tennis team advanced to the Round of 32, all by winning their matches in straight sets Wednesday in day one of the ITA Mountain Regional Championships at the UNLV Darling Tennis Center.

Juniors Stefan McKinney and Roman Stoisavljevic and freshman Jim Brouleau all coasted in their first two opening round matches to reach the Round of 32. Sophomore Gustave Diep easily won his Round of 64 match after receiving a bye in the opening round.

Head coach Don Ball knew coming into the tournament that his team was talented enough to have a strong showing at the regional championships.

"Having four players reach the third round in the main draw is awesome," Ball said. "We haven't had that happen at regionals in years. We just had a really good day and it gives us a good opportunity to be one of the top four teams here."

In all, New Mexico State won eight out of 11 singles matches played on Wednesday and won both of its doubles matches. The Aggies third doubles team of Brouleau and Diep, seeded in the No. 9 spot, received a first round bye.

Diep came into the tournament as the No. 14 seed, the highest of all Aggies, breezed by Portland State's Kyle Erickson for the 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The only other victory that came easier on the day was McKinney's opening round match against PSU's Tyler Allen. McKinney did not surrender a point in the match and won, 6-0, 6-0 before downing Boise State's Eric Roberson, 6-3, 6-4 in the Round of 64.

Stoisavljevic defeated Montana State's David Kovas, 6-2, 6-4 and later downed Montana's Raydner Ramos, 7-6, 6-4 to advance. Brouleau, the tournament's No. 17 seed, first defeated Eastern Washington's Kennith Norling, 6-3, 6-1, before beating UNLV's Luca Barlocchi, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the Round of 32.

Sophomore Alejandro de Mucha lost his opening round match, but came right back and defeated Utah State's Matt Searle, 6-0, 6-1, to keep himself alive in the consolation bracket.

Wednesday's doubles play started in the evening and the Aggies were one of the last teams still out on the court by day's end. The last NMSU doubles match played saw de Mucha and McKinney win in a tiebreaker over Denver's Rav Dhatt and Jake Goldberg, 9-8.

Stoisavljevic and sophomore Eduardo Salas won the other doubles match for the Aggies Wednesday evening. They defeated Weber State's Nick Plum and Henning Hipp, 8-3.

New Mexico State looks for continued success in day two of the ITA Mountain Regional, as the Aggies are looking to lay the ground work for a future national ranking by dominating the field this weekend.

Other Results:

Daniel Hwang (BYU) def. Jeff Pfeifer (NMSU); 6-0, 7-5 – Round of 128
Kyle McDonald (MSU) def. Alejandro de Mucha (NMSU); 6-4, 6-2 – Round of 128
Stanislav Glukhov (UI) def. Eduardo Salas (NMSU); 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 – Round of 128