NMSU Men's Tennis Headed To Stanford For NCAA Regionals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The three-time Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State men’s tennis team is headed to The Farm for the NCAA Tournament and slated to square off against No. 4-seed Stanford on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. (MT).

The first and second round of the tournament is hosted by Stanford, who is the No. 4 overall seed. Duke out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Ole Miss out of the Southeastern Conference are the other two teams on the Stanford side of the bracket. All matches are set be played at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.

Should the Aggies advance, the second round match is scheduled for Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m. (MDT) against the winner of Duke and Ole Miss.

This is the fifth time NM State has made the NCAA Tournament in program history (1997, 2000, 2015, 2016, 2018) and is also its third appearance in four years.

Stanford finished the season 21-3 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-12 while falling to USC 4-0 in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. The 7-1 mark for the Cardinal was good for second-best in conference play, behind UCLA – who finished Pac-12 play undefeated at 8-0.

Tom Fawcett leads Stanford in singles action with 19 wins at the top singles slot while Axel Geller, David Wilczynski and Sameer Kumar are second with 18 wins apiece. William Genesen has 16 wins to his name in singles action with Eric Fomba rounding out the double-digit winners with 14 victories.

The Cardinal No. 1 doubles team of Michael Genender and Kumar are 18-9 together this year in doubles. Fawcett and Geller are 16-overall together on court No. 2 for Stanford while Timothy Sah and Wilczynski check in at 14-5 together at No. 3 doubles.

Duke enters the first-round of the tournament 16-13 overall and 6-6 in ACC play. The Blue Devils fell in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to Florida State. Out of the SEC, Ole Miss is 14-12 overall on the year with a 3-9 mark in conference play. Like Duke, the Rebels fell in the quarterfinals of their conference tournament – 4-0 decision to Mississippi State.

As a team, the Aggies are 16-8 overall on the year and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference action. NM State earned the WAC’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament this past Sunday when it swept the tournament’s top seed UMKC 4-0.

Seniors Christofer Goncalves and Sergi Espias lead the team with 25 wins apiece overall in singles action. However, Espias is 14-6 in dual action while Goncalves, who plays at the top singles position, is 12-4. The two-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year was also a perfect 5-0 in league play.

Mauri Benitez isn’t far off from his teammates, checking in with a 24-10 overall mark in singles with a 12-8 record in dual action. Enrique Asmar has 22 wins to his name, 11 of which came in dual play, while freshman Louis Menard rounds out the 20-match winners with a 20-4 record in singles action to with his 14-1 mark in dual action. Stijn de Haan wraps up the list of double-digit winners in singles play with 17 wins – 10 of which have come in the dual season.