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The Western New Mexico Football team released their 2019 schedule. The Mustangs schedule features five home games and five road games, including a week three non-conference matchup against Central Washington.
In his second season, Head Coach Frank Tristan and the Mustangs open their season on Saturday September 7 on the road at Ottawa University in Phoenix. This will be the first meeting between these two teams. The OUAZ Spirit finished 7-4 last season, 5-3 in conference, competing in the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference.
Silver City, N.M—Athletic Director Scott Noble announced the addition of Matt Enriquez as the new Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Operations Monday morning.
In the recent National singles ranking, senior Mustang Liam Fraboulet (France, Plouha/Lycée Kerraoul) comes in at #37 in the latest NCAA/ITA rankings.
The France native had a dominant week while in California, going 4-2 in doubles play defeating the #22 pair of Point Loma University, followed by a big singles win over the #9 player from Azusa Pacific.
In the first two games of the series that were moved up due to weather, the Mustangs fell to the Texas A&M - Commerce Lions. Fierce in the batters box, the Lions combined to score 34 runs total, while holding the Mustangs to just four runs.
In game one, Western took a 3-1 lead in the second on back-to-back home runs, a solo from Alicia Habitzreuther (Sierra Vista, AZ/Buena) and a two shot by Makayla Guerra (Silver City, N.M/Silver High School). The home team tied it up in the third, before scoring 10 runs in the fourth to take the lead a decisive win in five innings.
Matt Enriquez has been at the helm of the Mustang men's basketball program for the past 3 seasons, and before that an assistant for 10. He began his college career in 2002 as a student-athlete. Back when the Mustangs competed in the PAC-West and Heartland conferences, Enriquez was a three-time All-Conference selection. He is also WNMU's NCAA all-time leading scorer with 1,591 points, and 2015 inductee to the WNMU Hall of Fame. After completing his eligibility, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the men's basketball team from 2006-2016. Following the 2016 season he was promoted to the head position. .
The short-handed Mustangs defeated the University of Southwest 5-2 today at their home courts. Fresh off a week long California trip, the Mustangs were down two singles players due to injury, giving up two points. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Senior Liam Fraboulet (France, Plouha/Lycée Kerraoul) at #1 singles, as he defeated Juan Quintana 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Oscar Serra (Senorbi, Italy ) grabbed a victory at #4 singles defeating Tucker Richolson 6-0, 6-0. The team is back in action at home on Wednesday in a big conference matchup versus Cameron University at 12:00 p.m.
Western New Mexico's women's golf team survived a two-hour rain delay Tuesday for its first win in since 2012. The Mustangs galloped to a nine-shot victory in the SMSU Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix. In addition to the team title, the Mustangs took the top two individual spots as Brenda Dominguez (El Paso, Tx/Americas HS) took medalist honors and Shelby Turner (Deming, NM/Deming HS) was just a shot back in the runner-up position.
In their first game of a string of matches to be played over the week long break, the Men's Tennis team dropped a tough matchup 4-2 against Sonoma State.
The Mustangs started off strong grabbing doubles points at #2, but could not put together singles points to close it out. Playing with only 5 players, 6 is normally the number for each match, the Mustangs start down 2 losses each match.
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