Men's Tennis News

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Men's Tennis News

Matej Stakne Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRCUES, N.M. - Junior Matej Stakne of the New Mexico State men's tennis team was named as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Month for October.

Stakne is the second Aggie this fall to be named WAC Player of the Month. Senior Arthur Surreaux received the honor for September.

Stakne earned WAC Player of the Month for his superb performance at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships Oct. 20-24. Stakne reached the semifinals of the singles bracket, farther than anyone from the WAC advanced in the tournament.

"A lot of the guys have had great fall seasons," said head tennis coach Carlos Vargas, "but Stakne's was one of the most satisfying for me as a coach."

Stakne won five singles matches in the bracket en route to the semifinals match against Enej Bonin of Denver University, falling short 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Arthur Surreaux Dominates For The Aggies

Written By: Jayna Nance for NM State Media Relations

Arthur SurreauxLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University men's tennis player Arthur Surreaux continues to see success this season with a 13-1 record while still continuing to improve his game.

The senior from Sainte-Adresse, France began playing tennis at barely the age of four-years-old and hasn't looked back since.

"My dad played tennis too, so I started playing with my brother and dad and really liked it," Surreaux said.

Surreaux came to NM State from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi in the spring of 2009. He posted an impressive 14-singles wins for the Aggies in his first season, tying for the team lead in singles.

During his second season with the Aggies Surreaux lead the team in singles with an outstanding 22 wins during the season. Now, in his third season with the Aggies, Surreaux is still advancing in the game and enjoying every second of life in Las Cruces.

"I love it here! It is very different from the culture that I am used to but it is always fun," Surreaux said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Arthur Surreaux Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Arthur Surreaux has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Month for September.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Vargas, Fernandez Take Over Aggie Tennis

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston didn’t have far to search for the new tennis coaches. Longtime tennis assistant coaches Carlos Vargas and Ivan Fernandez are tasked with leading the Aggies following Don Ball’s retirement.

Vargas becomes the new men’s head coach after he spent the previous 19 seasons as an assistant while Fernandez is in charge as the women’s head coach following his eighth season with the Aggies.

“Being the head coach has always been my goal,” Vargas said. “I’m thankful to coach Ball for giving me the opportunity to work with him and turning my life passion of playing tennis into a coaching career. I’m looking forward to being in charge of the men’s team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Tennis Coach Don Ball Retires After 25 seasons At NM State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After 25 years at the helm of the New Mexico State men's and women's tennis programs, head coach Don Ball is retiring. As a staple of Aggie Athletics, Ball is the longest tenured coach in school history.

"NM State has afforded me a great opportunity, and hopefully, I have given them back as much or more," Ball said. "I think I have left the program a lot different, than when I got here with basically 10 pretty good courts. Now we have the finest facility in the WAC, and one of the finest in the country, and I would like to think I was a part of that, not all of that, but a good part of that."

Ball has coached over 1,100 dual matches in his illustrious career and has won 562 combined matches from his men’s and women’s teams. He came to New Mexico State in the fall of 1985 after serving as the head tennis professional at the El Paso Tennis Club in El Paso, Texas. Since taking over the Aggie tennis programs, his men’s squads have gone 274-280 (.495), while the women’s program has a 288-289 (.499) record under Ball’s guidance.

"I have two really, really good assistants that will jump in and take my place and I don't think we'll miss a beat," Ball said. "They might even be better than in the past and that's exciting. I want to see this (program) succeed, and I want to be a fan. I only see bigger and better things for the tennis program at NM State. I’m glad I was a part of it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Thirty Three Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Spring 2010

DENVER, CO - The 2009-10 academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 33 NM State student athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

The women's track and field team led the way with nine honorees followed by baseball with seven. The softball team had five, the women's tennis team had four, the men's tennis and women's golf team had three and the men's golf team had two honorees.

The following is a list of the Aggies' spring sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Diep Earns Academic All-America Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men's tennis senior Gustave Diep was named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men’s At-Large first team, Wednesday, June 8, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is the second straight season that Diep has garnered academic all-american earning a second team honor in 2009.

"Gustave is a very talented tennis player but a much finer student and that is hard to say because he is one of the best tennis players in the country," head coach Don Ball said. "He never received a single 'B' in all his classes at NM State and was always at the top of each and every class he was involved in. He is a pleasure to be around and he will be very successful in whatever he does later on in life because he knows what is important and has no problem putting in the work to be successful both on the court and in the classroom."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gustave Diep Earns Third Straight Academic All-District Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Gustave DiepLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s tennis senior Gustave Diep was named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America District VI first team, Thursday, May 20, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is the third straight season that Diep has been named to the academic all-district first team, becoming the first player in program history to do so.

Diep is an at-large selection and now qualifies for the all-America team, which will be announced June 9. He is a native of Paris, France and carries a 4.0 cumulative G.P.A. in pre-medicine.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FRESNO, CA - The Western Athletic Conference 2010 men's and women's tennis award winners, as selected by the league's head coaches were announced, Thursday, April 29, and included four Aggies.

On the men's side, junior Jim Brouleau earned second team All-WAC singles honors after finishing the season with a 17-11 record. This is his second consecutive season to receive the honor. He has been a key factor in the Aggies season and helped the team to beat #58 Texas A&M Corpus Christi and WAC opponent Utah State during the regular season.

Brouleau and doubles partner, freshman Orlando Superlano earned all-conference accolades as well. The pair earned an 11-7 record and had a perfect 5-0 record at the No. 2 singles spot.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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