LAS CRUCES, NM — The Aggies came out hot on a cold day to win the colon, but NM State ultimately lost 4-3 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday afternoon at the NM State Tennis Center.
“We had a very close game today and have shown a lot of positives so far this season,” said the head coach Emil Wang said. “This team has a lot of heart and I’m excited to see what we achieve this season.”
- The weather delay didn’t seem to pose a problem for the Aggies as Wang’s fielded teams won two of the three doubles games to take the lead heading into singles.
- The tandem of Anna Pinaieva and Lisa Zhu fought a 6-2 win over the Islanders’ Naomi Moi McKenzie and Valeria Cherfus.
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi equalized as Palina Saulevich and Emma Aucagne showed their best Miranda Bishard and Bella Nguyen in a hard fought 6-4 match.
- Finally, Valeria Ivanovskaya and Natsuki Nishimura secured the Aggies second double as the duo defeated the Islanders’ Sofia Pinto and Kateryna Rublevska 6-2.
- The first singles game to finish, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi even finished with NM State when Victoire Delattre was defeated Valeria Ivanovskaya 6-3, 6-1.
- Unfortunately, Aggies’ only wins in singles would come after the Islanders were able to win three additional games to guarantee them overall victory.
- Though we suffered the loss as a team, Lisa Zhu and Natsuki Nishimura continued to struggle individually as both achieved three set wins over their rivals.
- Zhu earned a comfortable 6-3 win over the Islanders’ Naomi Moi McKenzie in the first set before McKenzie clinched a 7-5 win in the second set to set up for a tie in the third set. Zhu found what she had in the opener in the final set, winning the game 6-2 to earn her second singles win of the season.
- In the game that ended the day Natsuki Nishimura claimed a 6-2 win in the opening set before losing the second frame 6-4. Despite all the adversities, the junior was able to fight his way through and win the last set 7:5.
- NM State will stay home this weekend when they host UT San Antonio at the NM State Tennis Center on Saturday. Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m., but the two programs have agreed to move the start time to 1 p.m