With temperatures hovering around 35 degrees at first serve, the Western New Mexico University tennis teams had to not only fight the cold weather, but also a tough opponent in nationally ranked Midwestern State. Midwestern State took both matchups winning 9-0 on the women’s side and 7-2 on the men’s side Saturday in Lone Star Conference play.
On the women’s side, WNMU (2-15, 0-4 LSC) went against No. 18 Midwestern State (13-6, 3-1 LSC) and Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova at the top flight in doubles fought hard pulling out three games before falling short 3-8. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz posted two games at No. 2, 2-8, while Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier fell at No. 3, 0-8.
In singles, Smolikova at the top flight battled in both sets before a 3-6, 3-6 loss. Diaz tallied five games at No. 4 before a 2-6, 3-6 setback. Kolb won three games in her first set at No. 3 before running into a tough match after that, 3-6, 0-6. Justiniano won two games at No. 2, 0-6, 2-6, while Roerick at No. 5 and Cormier at No. 6 fell by the same scores of 0-6, 1-6.
On the men’s side, WNMU (3-15, 0-3 LSC) faced No. 15 Midwestern State (15-5, 1-0 LSC) and they were able to grab a point at doubles No. 2 when Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr pulled out a marathon 9-8 win. The other two doubles matches were close as Pablo Santibanez/David Valles won five games at No. 3, 5-8 and then Vladimir Gnilozubov/Liam Fraboulet collected four games at the top flight, 4-8.
Fraboulet picked up the second point for WNMU in singles when he won a couple of tough sets to win 7-6, 6-4 at the top flight. Grabovic tried to make things interesting in his match at No. 4. After falling in the first set, 2-6, he went to a tiebreaker in the second before falling just short, 6-7. Gnilozubov at No. 2 and Valles at No. 5 each won four games before falling by the same scores of 2-6, 2-6. Jose Mario Neto fell at No. 6, 2-6, 0-6, while Barr lost at No. 3, 1-6, 0-6.
The two teams will close their three-match road swing tomorrow (Sunday) when they will stay in Wichita Falls to face St. Mary’s in a regional matchup starting at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.