Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SEATTLE, WA - Less than a year since joining the New Mexico State men’s tennis program, newcomer Sergi Espias earned his keep Sunday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles and clinched the Aggies’ third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season title at the Championship Field Tennis Courts.
The win gave NM State its second undefeated run in conference play in three years (5-0). The Aggies are now 14-5 overall as they wrap up the regular-season with a pair of non-conference matches before they play host to the WAC Championship (April 28-30).
Stijn de Haan and Mauri Benitez picked up a 6-3 victory on court No. 2 to open up doubles play before the ever-so consistent duo of Christofer Goncalves and Luis Flores defeated UTRGV’s (5-20, 2-3 WAC) top doubles pair 6-3. The Vaqueros’ team of Koby Jansen and Clement Sarradin were able to take court No. 3, 6-4, but it was too little too late.
De Haan gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead in singles action when he ousted Sarradin 6-3, 6-2 on court No. 3. Enrique Asmar made it match-point in favor of the good guys soon with a 7-6, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 singles slot over UTRGV’s Mateo Schmit 7-6, 6-1, which set up Espias’ match-clinching victory.
Goncalves then claimed his sixth-straight singles victory at the top singles slot, followed by Benitez’s win on court No. 6. Flores secured the 7-0 sweep of UT Rio Grande Valley at No. 2 singles with a tough 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 win.
New Mexico State now returns home after a grueling 18-match road stretch. The Aggies first take on Western New Mexico at 2 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, April 12, before entertaining UT Permian Basin along with the women’s team at 10 a.m. (MT) on Sunday, April 16, to end the regular-season.