Diep Wins ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - Sophomore Gustave Diep defeated Arkansas' John Peers in straight sets Sunday to claim the tournament's singles championship at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational for the New Mexico State men's tennis team.

Diep played a very commanding match that he led from start to finish in his 6-4, 6-2 victory. The title wraps up the fall season for the Aggies, one that was filled with victories and tournament titles.

Diep, junior Roman Stoisavljevic and freshman Jim Brouleau all represented NMSU at the challenging tournament this weekend. Diep went 4-0, Brouleau won three out of his four singles matches and Stoisavljevic was victorious in 3-of-5 matches.

Head coach Don Ball was very pleased with three of his top players performing so well in a tournament with so many talented players.

"Those guys had a pretty good event over there," Ball said. "We're pretty excited about the whole thing and we're happy with were we're at ending the fall. Our players competed well all fall and I think we are in line for a very successful spring."

Stoisavljevic won both of his Sunday matches after losing two on Saturday. He defeated Patrick Brogan (7-6, def.) before downing Middle Tennessee's Kyle Wishing, 6-4, 6-1. Brouleau did not compete in singles action on Sunday after he won two matches Saturday.

He and Diep did defeat MTSU's Wishing and Davison, 8-2, in doubles consolation action.

Brouleau finishes the fall with a 14-5 record while Diep was 10-5 and Stoisavljevic went 5-7. Junior Stefan McKinney had a team leading 15-5 singles record in fall play.

The Aggies open up the spring dual match season with an exhibition match against Mexico's Monterrey Tech on Jan. 22 at the NMSU Tennis Center.