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The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team made it a tough challenge for No. 38 Texas A&M-Kingsville as the Lady Mustangs played inspired throughout the day and came close to pulling out the win before the Javelinas held on for the 7-2 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday.

It was senior day for the lone season on the team in Jeanne Kolb. The three men’s seniors were also honored after the match that included Vladimir Gnilozubov, Pablo Santibanez and Zachary Grabovic.

Junior Ariana Maldonado picked up hits in both games to keep her hitting streak alive, now up to 15 games. No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce proved why their tied for the top spot in the conference as they picked up a pair of run-rule wins 22-3 and 18-4 Friday in Lone Star Conference action.

Maldonado tallied a single in game one and then added a home run in game two. WNMU (4-37, 2-21 LSC) picked up seven hits in the opener with redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther going 2-3. Junior Yasmeen Gastelum drove in all three runs when she launched a three-run homer in the fourth.

Five Western New Mexico University cross country runners competed at the California Collegiate Invite that was hosted by UC San Diego. The Mustangs will return to the area to run at the Triton Invite this Saturday, before finishing the spring season on Apr. 20 in Azusa at the Bryan Clay Invite.

Michael Anzures (Seboyeta, NM/Grants) put together a strong day as he competed in both the 800 and 1,500 as his time in the 1,500 was a personal record. Anzures grabbed a time of 4:08.79 in the 1,500 to place 12th. He added a time of 2:01.14 in the 800 to cross in 14th.

Sophomore Brenda Dominguez shot a pair of consistent rounds at the Mustang Intercollegiate to lead the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team into 16th place after the second and final round concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 5,900 yard Palm Valley Golf Club.The Lady Mustangs carded scores of 314-310 for a 624 to finish just two shots back of MSU Denver. Dallas Baptist won the 20-team tournament with a 564 to best the field by six-strokes. DBU also had the top individual in Evelyn Arguelles who tied with Cal Baptist’s Jocelyn Chee Yi Min as both fired four-under 140’s. Arguelles took home the individual title based on having the lowest round of a 68.

Dominguez compiled rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 to tie for 33rd. She posted a pair of birdies during the final round on holes eight and 11. She was near the top of the field in par-five scoring (4.75) and led the team in pars with 24 and in birdies with four. Senior Samantha Hernandez was just a few shots back as she finished with a 154 after rounds of 76 and 78 to tie for 48th. She did well in par-three scoring (3.25) and added 22 pars. Junior Shelby Turner tied for 72nd with scores of 79 and 81 for a 160. She also did her best in par-three scoring compiling a 3.38 average.

The Western New Mexico University football team will be doing their annual spring cleanup that will take place Saturday, April 14.

The football program has cleaned over 300 properties over the years through this program, helping senior citizens and others around Silver City by cleaning their yards and performing chores they need help with.

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.

The Western New Mexico University softball team kept the offense going throughout the weekend against UT Permian Basin as they piled on 20 more runs to finish the series Saturday. The first game was a wild one that featured a walk-off win for the Falcons 14-13 and then they rode the momentum from the game one win into a 12-7 victory in the nightcap to take all four games against the Lady Mustangs.

The first game of the day counted as the third and final Lone Star Conference game of the series, while the fourth game was a non-conference contest.

Having finished in the top-10 in all six of their spring tournaments, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team landed in 10th in the initial NCAA South Central Region rankings that were released Friday.

No. 10 UC Colorado Springs leads the region, followed by No. 21 St. Mary’s and No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce to round out the top-three. All rankings shown are Golfstat.

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