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The Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team nearly pulled off a pair of wins over No. 50 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 31 MSU Denver before both teams won by 6-3 scores. The Mustangs faced Oklahoma Baptist in Colorado Springs and then MSU Denver in Denver.

 Doubles has been strong for the Mustangs (3-11) throughout the year and that continued against Oklahoma Baptist (5-3) as Vladimir Gnilozubov/Liam Fraboulet grabbed an 8-4 win at the top flight. Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr added to that an 8-6 win at No. 2. Pablo Santibanez/David Valles nearly made it a clean-sweep at No. 3 before falling just short 5-8.

The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team traveled to Colorado to face both Air Force and MSU Denver and then closed the trip in Albuquerque against the University of New Mexico. Air Force took the first match of the week 7-0 and after MSU Denver claimed a 9-0 win in the second match, the University of New Mexico got past WNMU 6-1 to close the weekend.

 Air Force entered with a 10-3 record, but WNMU (2-11) fought hard in a pair of singles matches. In doubles, Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova played at the top flight, Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz played at No. 2 and Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier played at No. 3 and all the doubles teams fell by the same scores of 6-0.

Paul Hansen is the latest addition to Frank Tristan’s coaching staff as he will join the Mustangs as the Offensive Coordinator.

 "Coach Hansen is great offensive mind. Everywhere he has coached he has been able to put up big numbers offensively,” Tristan said. “Most importantly he is a man of integrity and is a great role model for young men."

Sophomore Lyana Waddell kept No. 25 Tarleton State off balance, while juniors Ariana Maldonado and Carolyn Castillo provided the power. The Western New Mexico University softball team was up early and tied midway through the first game before the TexAnns used a late rally to claim the 6-3 victory. In the nightcap, Tarleton State used a big fourth inning to take the 8-0 five inning victory Friday in Lone Star Conference action.

 WNMU (2-27, 0-14 LSC) had just three hits in the first game, but two of them left the yard. Right out of the gate, Maldonado cashed in as junior Tycee Coplan walked and Maldonado ripped the first pitch over the center field fence for the 2-0 lead.

Senior wide receiver D'Angelo Bowie (Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown) was named to the Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention team as released by the committee on Thursday.

Western New Mexico University Head Football Coach Frank Tristan is pleased to announce Ivan Cordova as the new Defensive Coordinator.

"Coach Cordova is an outstanding teacher of the game and understands what it is to mentor young man,” Tristan said. “The Mustang Family is fortunate to have such a great coach leading our defense for the future."

The Western New Mexico University tennis teams played five total matches over spring break, with the men playing three and the women two. Both teams faced Hawaii Hilo as the Vulcans won both matches, 9-0. They then faced Indianapolis and the Greyhounds took both matches, 9-0. In the final match of the trip, the men’s team went against UC San Diego and the Tritons pulled out the 8-1 victory. 

The Lady Mustangs (2-8) opened against Hawaii Hilo as WNMU came close at the top flight with Jeanna Kolb/Klara Smolikova won six games before a 6-8 setback. At No. 2 doubles, Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz fell 1-8. Hawaii Hilo then claimed the No. 3 doubles by default.

It was a big game two for junior Carolyn Castillo as she launched not one, but two homers, with the last one being a walk-off grand slam to help the Western New Mexico University softball team split with Embry Riddle (AZ) Saturday. The Eagles won the first game in eight innings, 6-5, before WNMU came back for the run-rule six-inning 12-3 game two victory.

It was a game to remember for Castillo during game two. She went 2-3 with both hits being long balls and she drove in seven runs. Castillo got it started right away in the first inning. After freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez and redshirt sophomore Clarissa Moreno drove in runs, Castillo launched a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a 5-0 WNMU lead after one.

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