Written By: WAC Media Relations
DENVER- NM State singles player Christofer Goncalves and NM State’s doubles team Goncalves and Luis Flores have been named the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Month for October.
Goncalves, a senior from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, nearly clinched a spot in the ITA Fall National Championships, but fell in the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Championship. He allowed no more than four points a set during his hot-streak. For October, Goncalves won five straight matches before being eliminated in the semis. In the round of 128, Goncalves took down Northern Colorado’s Nick Wade in a 6-4 and 6-1 decision. He went head to head with Southern Utah’s Jose Ortega in the round of 64 and advanced with a score of 6-1 and 6-4. In the round of 32, he dominated Idaho’s Scarpelli Guilherme with 6-0 and 6-1 decisions. The then took on Denver’s Sean Huynh in the round of 16 and although the match was closer, Goncalves still came out victorious with two 6-4 decisions. In the quarterfinals, he took down New Mexico’s Dominic West 6-2 and 6-2 before he lost to BYU’s Sean Hill in the semifinals by 7-5 and 7-6 (4).
Goncalves and teammate Flores, a sophomore from Toluca, Mexico, continued to roll at the ITA Mountain Regional, racing to the round of 16 before falling to host BYU’s pair of Jeffrey Hsu and Sean Hill 8-5. To get to the round of 16, they first had to defeat Boise State’s Pedro Platzeck and Stefan Lalovic 8-5 in the round of 64. Then the pair had to defeat Montana’s Victor Casadevall and Ingacio Tejerina 8-6 in the round of 32.