Women's Tennis News

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Women's Tennis News

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 >>

Aggies Sweep Weekly WAC Tennis Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Arthur Surreaux and Isabela Kulaif have been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 15-21. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Surreaux, a junior from Sainte-Adresse, France, helped lead the Aggies to an upset of in-state rival No. 57 New Mexico. In doubles, he and partner Matej Stakne clinched the point for NM State with an 8-5 win at No. 3. In singles play, Surreaux picked up a big win for the Aggies at the third position, defeating Jadon Philips in straight sets. It was NM State's first win over New Mexico since 2000.

Kulaif, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was pivotal for the Aggies last weekend, going unbeaten in singles and doubles play as the Aggies picked up victories over Colorado State and Lamar. She went 2-0 at No. 3 singles. In doubles play, Kulaif and partner Aleksa Costa also boosted their record by winning both matches in the top doubles draw.  Continue Reading This Post >>

40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

41 Aggies Earn Spring 2009 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 41 spring student-athletes were named to the list. 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 following is a list of the spring sport honorees:


Scott Coffman, So. (Editorial Note: We believe that Scott Coffman is a freshman and should be on the Academic All-Freshman/Transfers list)

Frank Duran, Sr.

Noah Garza, Sr.

Erik Nyquist, Sr.

Richard Stout, Sr.

Sebastien Vendette, Sr.

Jacob Wilson, Sr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State's Sophia Marks Named WAC Player of the Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State junior Sophia Marks has been named the WAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week for April 6-12, as was released by the conference office Monday. This is the first player of the week honor for Marks, who was a second team all-WAC performer last year for the Aggies in both singles and doubles.
Head coach Don Ball said that Marks has been the most steady and successful player on a team that has had its ups and downs because of injuries.
"To have the success that she's had playing at the No. 1 position and playing against a very tough schedule that we've faced speaks volumes for how great of a player she is," Ball said. "She has been playing great for us and to basically play even, as she lost in a third set tiebreaker, with one of the nation's best players is outstanding. We are thrilled for her and excited she received this honor."
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NMSU Women's Tennis Doubles Team Costa/Marks Ranked Nationally

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Juniors Aleksa Costa and Sophia Marks became the first ranked doubles team in the history of the New Mexico State women's tennis program, as the Aggies' top duo were ranked No. 52 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association that recently released its first poll of the spring season.

Marks (Grantham, England) and Costa's (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 9-7 victory over the then 31st-ranked doubles team of Steffi Wong and Brittany Blalock from Cal Poly in the Cal State Fullerton Intercollegiates back on Oct. 10 propelled the two into the national rankings for the first time. The two also came in as the No. 6 doubles team in the central region after going 3-3 together in fall play, with one of those losses coming to a ranked opponent.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 07/06/08

Today we're taking a little break from our look back at The Best Wins of '07/'08 to bring you an interview with Aggie head tennis coach Don Ball. When we interview Coach Ball about his men's and women's squads' best wins of the season we also talked with him about the teams' losses to Fresno State in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament, the impact the new tennis facility has had on his program and his outlook on next year's teams.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about the end of your teams' seasons. Both the men and the women lost to Fresno State in the semi.
Don Ball: On the women's side [Fresno State] won the WAC and went on to the round of 16 in the NCAAs and lost to the #1 seed. The Fresno women, we competed very well with them in the doubles but they were way too strong for us in the singles.

On the men's side Fresno again was a top 40 ranked team. It was exciting to play them here but we lost a very close doubles point that came down to the third doubles match and ended up in a tiebreaker in that set to decide it. We had our chances there. Then we start off and won four first sets which to the non collegeiate tennis person, that's huge because you only need four points to win and so we were well on our way. We kind of let up off the gas pedal there and they were able to sneak by us. That one hurt because we really had a good chance to win that match. We were within points of winning #1 and #2 and #3 we were playing extremely well. But we have the same team back next year so we're feeling pretty good about ourselves.

bc.net: Talk about the the outlook for next season and the benefits of having the new tennis facility and its impact on the recruiting and the players:
Don Ball: First of all the facility it was great to have it to showcase the WAC which we did. We've been in the WAC, this is our third year and I felt we did the best job of anybody running this tournament and it just went off like clockwork. I'm very proud of our facility and our personnel and our staff starting with Maria Roth on down. So we're very proud of that aspect. It does and it will lend itself to attracting bigger and better events here, bigger and better tennis players. It's on our website and you can see it and the players they're going to be talking about it. A lot of schools have already asked to come back and play at our place next year. So they're looking at this place as maybe one of their yearly ventures out on the road. That's important for us because it saves us money when teams come in and play us. That's going to be huge. It's no question that the facility is only going to get better and we can't wait to show it off to more people.

The men's team, we're the exact same team and we'll add a player or two in January. In fact we've already signed one for January that will probably go in the lineup. With that in mind we're very good. We're a year older, a year stronger, a year more mature. I would be very surprised if we don't end up nationally ranked. Our goal is to be in the Top 50 in the country and we will have our work cut out for us in the WAC because there's going to be Boise State who's always high in the rankings, Hawai'i who is loaded and won the WAC this year and has their whole team back and better players coming in. Fresno is always very good and Idaho is getting stronger. I think all five of those teams will be nationally ranked including us. WAC tennis is getting much much better so we have to really put the foot to the pedal to try to get the best possible things we can get out of the guys, it's going to be a tough road.

The women, we lost Anne [Fagegaltier] and we lost Zelja [Juricek] and so we lost our #2 and #4 player. We actually feel that we have recruited three athletes in that will be in the starting lineup. And we feel that we have one that might come in and play #1. Certainly we have the girl who played for UTEP who played #2 for UTEP who if she plays #4 for us we'll be real good. That's kind of where we've penciled her in. If she's at #4 she's going to beat most players and pick up the slack for Anne. Then we have a girl from Mexico that will come in and we think she'll make the starting lineup. And those players also are better double players. So we certainly should be contending for the top three in the conference. Obviously Fresno State being a Top 16 team that's where we'd like to be but realistically they're better than us. Boise was like around 30 they were very good and have most of their kids back so that's a big task for us as well. Nevada is very good and that's where we are really setting our sites. We want to take out Nevada this year and if we do that this year it's one step at a time to take out Boise and Fresno. We feel that this team is going to be potentially nationally ranked, probably not as high as the men. We just want to get in the Top 75 or so and if we do that then we're building.

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Women’s Tennis Signs Three Players

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's tennis coach Don Ball announced Monday, Apr. 21 that he has signed Laura Boguet and Isabela Kulaif to Grant in Aid's and Natalia Salum Soto to a National Letter of Intent. All three student-athletes will attend New Mexico State University and play tennis for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2008.

Head coach Don Ball stated that he is extremely happy with this group of players that he inked in his 2008 recruiting class.

"These three players will make us better as a team and they will be able to get us back into the national rankings," Ball said. "They are very accomplished players and will help us replace our two seniors that we will lose after this year."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Women Netters Begin Preparation For Spring Season

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's tennis team is back on the courts preparing for the upcoming spring dual match tennis season.

The Aggies began practice on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and are gearing up for their third season in WAC play. NMSU opens up the season with an exhibition match on Jan. 22 against Mexico's Monterrey Tech at the NMSU Tennis center at 11:00 a.m.

New Mexico State, who went 10-14 last year and 3-1 in WAC play, has one of its deepest rosters in recent history as head coach Don Ball has brought in one of the most talented group of recruits in recent years.

"The women have come back from winter break in pretty good shape," Ball said. "The key is that we're looking good so far and the fact that we play Monterrey Tech in an exhibition match helps us a lot.  Continue Reading This Post >>