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Lobos Sweep Away Nevada 4-0 to Stay Perfect in MW

by Frank Mercogliano

RENO, Nev. — After what seemed like weeks of nail-biting, agonizing losses to nationally ranked teams, New Mexico was due a relatively easy match.  Apparently, the due date was today.

New Mexico waltzed into the Biggest Little City in America and handled the Nevada Wolf Pack to the tune of a 4-0 victory in which UNM had leads on the other three courts when the match ended.  The win puts UNM at 2-0 in the Mountain West and sets up a huge home weekend with UNLV and San Diego State coming up.  The win was UNM’s 11th straight Mountain West regular season win dating back to 2018.

The Lobos breezed through the doubles point with UNM’s nationally ranked duo of Dominic West and Sergio Molina improving to 8-2 with a 6-4 win.  That double point was clinched when Stepan Holis and Alex Maggs won at No. 3 doubles 6-3.  That set up for UNM to need just three singles wins, and they got them from the three players who didn’t earn an official doubles win.

Jake Tronsdon and Raul Dobai were up 4-2 in doubles when it was halted, and both kept that momentum going.  Trondson turned in a routine 6-2, 6-2 win for his second win of the week at No. 6 to make it 2-0.

Rafael Abdulsalam, who didn’t play in doubles, earned a win with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 4, and then Dobai clinched it with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1, also giving him two victories on the week at No. 1 singles.

Dominic West was just a point away from a win himself with his match halted at 6-4, 5-2.  Holis was up 7-5, 2-2 and Molina was up 6-3, 4-5.

“It was a great trip to Reno, and it’s one we look forward to taking every other year,” said head coach Ben Dunbar, who earned his 50th career win.  “The guys competed hard today and it was a team performance.  I’m proud of them and now we are onto the next one where we have a great weekend of tennis at home.”

Dunbar is hoping for some nice crowd on Friday and Sunday at McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium for a pair of big matches, including one with another unbeaten Mountain West team in UNLV on Friday.

“Fans, plan of being there Friday and Sunday and get behind this amazing group of student-athletes! Go Lobos!” said Dunbar.



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