NMSU Men's Tennis Advances To WAC Tournament Championship Match

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MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s tennis team took on Grand Canyon in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Championship. A victory in the singles match clinched the 4-2 win for the Aggies over the Lopes. The victory moves the Crimson & White ahead for a rematch of last year’s championship against UMKC.

Grand Canyon struck first taking the doubles point to open the day. The Aggies fell in the doubles matches 6-1 and then 6-3 to give GCU the first point of the semifinal contest.

The Lopes then jumped out to a 2-0 lead then with the first win in singles. A three-set match fell in favor of the Lopes before the Aggies got rolling. In the third match, Sergi Espias won in two sets, 6-3 and 6-4, to earn the first point for NM State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Run-Rules Grand Canyon 13-1

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies looked to bounce back in game two against Western Athletic Conference opponent Grand Canyon on Saturday at Brazell Field. Following a run-rule loss in the series opener, the Aggies returned the favor with a 13-1 victory over the Lopes in seven innings to knot the series up at 1-1.

In the battle of the southpaws, NM State (28-15, 12-5 WAC) started Jonathan Groff on the mound opposite Jake Repavich for Grand Canyon (24-19, 11-3 WAC). Each pitcher seemed to make easy work of the opposing bats in the first two innings before the Aggies began to rattle Repavich beginning in the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Tennis Ends Season With WAC Quarterfinals Loss Against Seattle

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State women's tennis team saw its season come to an end on Friday at the mesa Tennis Center when it fell to Seattle U in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament 4-1.

The Aggies finished the season 8-15 overall under the direction of first-year head coach Emily Wang while finishing league play 2-3, good for third-place in the.

The Redhawks (9-13) took an early lead in doubles action when they took courts No. 2 and No. 1 against NM State. The No. 3 doubles team of Eli Arnaudova and Helena Colvee had their 6-4 win at No. 3 doubles sandwiched by SU (9-13) wins.

Second-Team All-WAC recipient Rebecca Keijzerwaard recorded NM State's lone point when she cruised past Seattle U's top singles player 6-0, 6-2. However, the Redhawks took a 2-1 lead when when Lily-Ana Kreutzer bested Colvee at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-3.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Drops Series Opener Against Seattle 7-4

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team opened its final Western Athletic Conference series with a contest against Seattle U on Friday night. Kelsey Horton hit a home run in the game but it was not enough as the Aggies fell to the Redhawks 7-4.

Kayla Green earned the start in the circle but after pitching a pair of scoreless innings, the junior hit trouble when SU's (32-19, 10-3 WAC) Madison Cathcart recorded a two-run homer to give the Redhawks a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the fourth, Horton cut the deficit in half when the junior launched her team-best 19th home run over the centerfield fence. Fahren Glackin and Nikki Butler followed with back-to-back doubles, tying the contest for NM State (24-21, 9-4 WAC).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Series Opener At GCU 13-3

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PHOENIX, AZ – The New Mexico State baseball team opened game of a crucial three game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon on Friday night. After scoring in the first three innings, the Lopes finished the night with runs in six of the eight frames to put the Aggies in a hole they could not get out of and they lost game one, 13-3.

A pair of elite Major League Baseball prospects squared off on the mound with NM State’s (27-15, 11-5 WAC) Kyle Bradish opposite Jake Wong of Grand Canyon (24-18, 11-2 WAC) in the opener. Neither ace was unhittable with early runs getting up on the board for both sides.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rebecca Keijzerwaard Earns Second Team All-WAC Singles Honors

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PHOENIX - Rebecca Keijzerwaard of the New Mexico State women’s tennis team took home Second-Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in singles Thursday night at the WAC awards banquet.

This is the first All-WAC honor for the sophomore since joining the Aggies. She was named to the WAC All-Tournament team last season as a freshman in doubles after going 2-0 in the tournament.

Keijzerwaard finished the regular-season with eight victories – eight of which came in dual play. She also went 6-4 on the year at the top singles position for New Mexico State – including a 3-2 mark in league play.

The third-seeded Aggies are set to open the WAC Tournament on Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. (MDT) against the fifth-seeded Redhawks of Seattle U at the Mesa Tennis Center.

First Team All-WAC Singles
No.1 Aliona Ladutska, Kansas City
No. 2 Katie Fries, Kansas City  Continue Reading This Post >>

Goncalves Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Year

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PHOENIX, AZ - New Mexico State men’s tennis senior Christofer Goncalves once again headlines the Western Athletic Conference awards with this second-straight WAC Player of the Year honor while five other Aggies also took home All-WAC honors as well.

In addition to winning player of the year for the second-consecutive season, Goncalves also earned his fourth-straight First-Team All-WAC honor after going a perfect 5-0 in league play back-to-back-to-back seasons now.

The Barquisimeto, Venezuela, product finished the regular-season 25-7 overall, his third-consecutive season with 20-plus wins in singles action, and 12-4 in dual play – all at the top singles position. Goncalves is riding a six-match winning-streak and could match his high of eight from this season with a pair of wins at the WAC Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pun Chanachai Headed To NCAA Women's Golf Regionals

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DENVER, CO - The National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Division I Golf Regionals were selected Wednesday night. Following a standout sophomore season, including a second straight Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor, NM State’s Pun Chanachai was chosen as an NCAA individual qualifier for the Madison, Wisc. regional.

Chanachai earned the nod after leading the WAC in stroke average at 72.68. In 11 events played, the sophomore posted six top-5 finishes, including three individual championships. The Bangkok, Thailand native’s low round of 63 at the Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic set a new WAC record for low round and 14 of her 31 rounds were at or below par.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Golf Finishes Fourth At WAC Championship Tournament

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HUTCHINSON, KS - The New Mexico State men’s golf team completed play at the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Wednesday at the Prairie Dunes Country Club. After three days of tournament play, the Aggies finished in fourth place firing a 291-299-294—884 (+44).

Two NM State golfers finished among the top-10 on the individual leaderboard, led by senior Isaac Merry who posted a 70-70-74—214 (+4) and finished in a tie for second. Tadhg Campbell placed in ninth shooting a nine-over, 219, at the end of the conference tournament. Merry led the Aggies with nine birdies at the end of three rounds, while he and Campbell fired the only two eagles on the team.

Michael McGilton tied for 17th after shooting a 74-76-74—224 (+14) after three days of play. Then Tristin Goodwin tied for 21st with a score of 227 (+17) and Ryo Harada rounded out the squad in a tie for 28th firing a 231 (+21).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced it’s players of the week on Monday. Following a stellar weekend at the dish, NM State’s Joey Ortiz earned his second conference hitter of the week nod.

Ortiz led the WAC with a .500 batting average on the week and helped lead the Aggies to a 2-1 road series win over conference foe Northern Colorado. The series opener saw the sophomore go 3-for-3 from the dish with a pair of RBI and scoring one run himself.

This play was followed up in a 12-9 NM State victory in game two where the Garden Grove, Calif. native had a pair of base knocks with two RBI and three runs scored. Then in the series finale, Ortiz added another hit and run scored to help the Aggies to a 6-3 win and series victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>