Facing a tough task in Division I Grand Canyon, the Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team tallied a point in singles before falling 6-1, while the women’s team came close in a few matches before falling 7-0.
On the men’s side, the Mustangs came close at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles posting four games in each match. Redshirt junior Tristan Da Lio/junior Vladimir Gnilozubov played at the top flight, while sophomores Blayze O’Keefe/Zachary Grabovic played at No. 3. Senior Jean-Laurent Pageault/sophomore Liam Fraboulet competed in the other doubles at No. 2 falling 6-0.
In singles, Pageault tallied the point for the Mustangs as he rolled to the 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2. Fraboulet won five games at the top flight, as after dropping the first set 6-1, he came close in the second, 6-4. Da Lio tallied three games at No. 4 as he had a tight first set, 6-3 before falling in the second, 6-1. O’Keefe at No. 5 and redshirt junior Sascha Brechtel at No. 6 had the same scores of 6-1, 6-2, just reversed on sets with O’Keefe’s going 6-1, 6-2 and Brechtel 6-2, 6-1.
Gnilozubov at No. 3 came out strong in the first set before falling in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
On the women’s side, the Lady Mustangs had a close match at No. 2 doubles behind redshirt junior Tiffany Newell/junior Jeanne Kolb as they won four games before falling 6-4. Seniors Annely Heinze/Gemma Goodland at the top flight tallied two games before a 6-2 setback, while freshmen Nadia Justiniano/Emma Siboni dropped their match at No. 3 6-1.
In singles, Goodland at No. 2 and freshman Karina Diaz at No. 6 had similar scores with each winning four games. Goodland came back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to post three games in the second set 6-3, while Diaz started strong with three games in the first set 6-3 and then dropped the second 6-1. Siboni at No. 4 collected three games before falling 6-1, 6-2. Redshirt junior Tiffany Newell at the top flight and Justiniano at No. 5 fell by the same scores of 6-1, 6-1. Kolb in the final singles match at No. 3 fell 6-0, 6-1.