Women's Tennis News

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Women's Tennis News

Natalia Salum Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

New Mexico State senior Natalia Salum has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.

Salum, a senior from Durango, Mexico (Colegio Americano Durango), opened the year with three straight-set victories to help NM State to a 1-2 record last week in Las Vegas. She never lost more than three games in any singles set and gave up just 15 games total in three singles matches. Along with partner Jodie Williams, she went 3-0 in doubles at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Salum and Williams were promoted to the No. 1 slot on Sunday after their pair of wins at the No. 2 slot on Friday. The tandem’s wins helped the Aggies claim the doubles point twice last week and earned the only doubles win over No. 36 UNLV on Friday.

Aggie Women's Tennis Signs Russian Standout For 2012

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's tennis head coach Ivan Fernandez announced Elizaveta (Lisa) Roslanova, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play tennis for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2012.

Roslanova is the No. 2 ranked singles player in the state of Saransk, Russia. She also plays on the Republic of Mordovia Junior Team. Roslanova was a semifinalist in the 2010 Republic Championships. In the classroom, the new Aggie carries a 3.7 GPA and has placed in the top three of the Biology Regional Olympics in each of the past three years.

"We are very excited to have Lisa join our team next August," said Fernandez. "I believe she is the first Russian tennis recruit we have ever signed. She is a solid player who will have an immediate impact on the team in both singles and doubles."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Senior Tennis Players Hold Unity In High Esteem

Written By: Gina Palombit, NM State Athletic Dept.

"In union, there is strength," is an accurate phrase to summarize how the New Mexico State senior tennis players Manon Sylvain and Natalia Salum view their upcoming season.

Looking back on the past three years at NM State, both athletes have had their ups and downs but they have a similar objective in mind this year: to be nationally recognized as a team.

"I would love to win against a ranked team," Salum said.

A native of Durango, Mexico, Natalia Salum has come a long way in the past three years, making her junior year one of her finest. She made a complete turnaround from her sophomore year improving from 11-18 singles to 12-5.

Playing doubles was also a strong suit of hers last season; she teamed up with freshman Ros-Polly Nguyen and they went 13-3 together.

"I like the atmosphere on the team. We really motivate each other and that's what motivates me to win my matches," Sylvain said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Both Aggie Tennis Teams Claim Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced the All-Academic teams and individual scholar-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Four athletes from the women's team and three players from the men's team were honored as scholar-athletes for New Mexico State.

The women's team earned the ITA All-Academic team award for the eighth time in nine seasons. The men's squad attained the team honor for the fourth time since 2005.

On the women's side, departed senior and 2011 student volunteer coach Isabela Kulaif earned individual academic honors from the ITA. Joining Kulaif as ITA Scholar Athletes were juniors Ginet Pinero and Jodie Williams alongside sophomore Annemieke Witte. It marked the first honor from the ITA for each of the women.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Tennis Inks Elite South African Player

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - One of South Africa's elite women's tennis players has signed a national letter of intent to play for New Mexico State University for the start of the Fall 2011 semester.

Mandy Mallen of Mid Illovo, South Africa, will become the newest addition to the NM State women's tennis team at the start of the Fall 2011 semester. Mallen is currently a senior at the Durban Girls' School in Durban, South Africa.

"I am really excited to be brining Mandy to NMSU in the fall of 2011," head tennis coach Ivan Fernandez said. "I have been looking forward to signing Mandy ever since I started recruiting her six months ago."

Mallen is nationally ranked 19th in singles and 13th in doubles for girls 18 and under. Mallen has been nationally ranked in the top 20 for the last six years. Mallen has also competed for the Interprovincial Team for the last four years.  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 >>

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 >>

Manon Sylvain Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

Manon SylvainDENVER, CO - Fresno State’s Marko Zapletal and New Mexico State’s Manon Sylvain have been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Week for March 8-14. This is the first honor of the season and third of his career for Zapletal and the first-ever honor for Sylvain.

Sylvain, a freshman from Caracas, Venezuela, went unbeaten against in-state rival New Mexico, helping the Aggies to just their third win ever over the Lobos and first since 2002. At No. 2 singles, she defeated Ashley Bonner in a quick two sets (6-1, 6-3) for her third consecutive singles victory, including the last two against NM State’s biggest non-conference rivals, UTEP and UNM. In doubles, Sylvain and partner Sophia Marks secured the win at No. 2 with a 9-7 decision. The pair holds a perfect 7-0 record this season.

Zapletal, a senior from Trebin, Czech Republic, clinched the match for the Bulldogs, with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over New Mexico's Ben Dunbar at the No. 1 spot to give the Bulldogs three-straight wins against Mountain West Conference opponents. He also picked up a doubles victory in the No. 2 position with Taylor Leiby by defeating the Lobos' Carl Ho and Joe Wood, 8-5.  Continue Reading This Post >>