Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M.– The New Mexico State women’s tennis team won its third Western Athletic Conference dual-match in as many days at the NM State Tennis Complex on Sunday against Seattle U, 6-1.
The Aggies improve to 10-5 overall and 3-0 in WAC play, while Seattle U drops to 5-14 overall and 1-2 in WAC play.
“We came out with a lot of energy and intensity,” NM State head coach Ivan Fernandez. “If we keep playing this aggressively and confidently we can do some great things this spring.”
NM State continues its strong play at home. Sunday marked the Aggies’ eighth victory at the NM State Tennis Complex.
The WAC leading Aggies have also won three-straight dual-matches, all against WAC opponents, and have also won six of their last seven dual-matches.
Three time WAC Athlete of the Week Susana Alcaraz, missed her second-consecutive match due to injury. Coach Fernandez used the same line-up as Saturday’s when the Aggies defeated Chicago State 6-1.
On Sunday the Aggies exploded in doubles play as they claimed two of the three doubles’ matches.
NM State’s No. 1 duo of Ashvarya Shrivistava and Denise Van Der Ben claimed an 8-4 victory against Kelli Woodman and Michelle Lui. Shrivistava and Van Der Ben are yet to drop a doubles match since being paired together.
Seattle U knotted doubles play when Madison Maloney and Barbara Carey defeated Erika Castillo Lopez and Mia Brandt, 8-3, on court No. 2.
It took the final doubles match for the Aggies to clinch the opening point. Freshman Rimpledeep Kaur and sophomore Marie-Pier Thiffault won a 9-8 thriller against Kristen James and Sari Kwee to give NM State the early advantage.
In its previous two matches, the Aggies were one singles’ match away from sweeping their opponent. On Sunday, NM State dominated during singles’ play and completed the sweep against the Redhawks.
No. 1 individual Shrivistava claimed a three-set victory against Lui, 6-2, 6-7, 10-5, while No. 2 Kaur won 6-4, 6-2 against Woodman.
On court No. 3, it took Van Der Ben three sets to dispatch Carey, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
Lopez, Brandt and Thiffault all won their matches in two sets.
“I am very proud of this team,” Fernandez said. “We’ve had to overcome many injuries this spring, but as a team we are coming together and adjusting to our changes in the lineup.”
Sunday was also NM State’s first shutout victory of the spring.
The Aggies head to Miami, Fla., for a three-game slate starting on Tuesday at noon, against Florida International. During the Miami road trip, NM State will also face Florida Atlantic and Barry University.
Seattle U at NM State Women’s Tennis
March 22, 2015 Las Cruces, N.M.
1. Ashvarya Shrivistava (NMSU) def. Michelle Lui (SU) 6-2, 6-7, 10-5
2. Rimpledeep Kaur (NMSU) def. Kelli Woodman (SU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Denise Van Der Ben (NMSU) def. Barbara Carey (SU) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
4. Erika Castillo Lopez (NMSU) def. Madison Maloney (SU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mia Brandt (NMSU) def. Kristen James (SU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Marie-Pier Thiffault (NMSU) def. Kailyn Skjonsby (SU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Shrivistava/Van Der Ben (NMSU) def. Lui/Woodman (SU) 8-4
2. Maloney/Carey (SU) def. Lopez/Brandt (NMSU) 8-3
3. Kaur/Thiffault (NMSU) def. James/Sari Kwee (SU) 9-8