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Lobos Beat NMSU 5-2 To Move to 5-1

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No doubles point? No problem.

UNM uncharacteristically lose the doubles point and went down 2-0 in the match, but races through the rest of singles play to win 5-2 and improve to 5-1 on the season.  The 5-1 mark is UNM’s best start since also starting 5-1 in the 2015 season.  The loss dropped New Mexico State to 0-8 on the year.

The Lobos, who had won the doubles point in each of the previous five matches, only picked up a win at No. 2 doubles as Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang and Hsuan Huang (no relation) won 6-2, but New Mexico State won at No. 1 and No. 3 to take the first point.

Mingfans “Lisa” Zhu defeated UNM’s Sarah O’Connor 6-3, 6-1 to give NMSU a 2-0 lead, but the result even at that point wasn’t in much doubt as UNM took the opening set all five other single matches.

Yue Lin “Polly” Chen was the first one on the board for UNM with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Chloe Gavino, and that was followed moments later by Albie Huang, who won 6-3, 6-1.  Just like that the match was tied at 2-2 and the Lobo train wasn’t slowing down.

Myu Kageyama won her final eight games for a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 4, and Hsuan Huang finished it out with a methodical 6-3, 6-1 win.  With the match clinched, Satoho Toriumi, back in the lineup at No. 6, put the proverbial icing on the cake with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 6.

The Lobos are off until Friday when they host Grand Canyon at noon at either McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium or the Estes Tennis Center Indoor Bubbles.

NOTES: Hsuan Huang is now 5-0 in singles in the spring … UNM as a team is 15-3 in spring doubles and 24-10 in spring singles.

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