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Men's Tennis Takes Down Boston University 7-0

by Frank Mercogliano

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — If you are going to win a match, win the one that makes the flight home better.  The New Mexico Lobos did just that, blitzing Boston University 7-0 behind the first career win for freshman Daniil Kakhnuik as UNM swept two doubles matches and all six in singles.

UNM’s regular lineup was in for doubles, and the Lobos made quick work of the Terriers with No. 1 team of Nicolas Preito and Arda Azkara winning 6-0 and No. 3 team of Rafael Abdulsalam and Georgio Samaha winning 6-2.  That sent UNM into singles up 1-0, and they were never threatened.

Azkara playing at No. 1 and Abdulsalam playing at No. 2 each took identical 6-2, 6-1 wins, making it 3-0, and Aram Noroozian won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 to clinch things.  The two teams played it out but UNM swept everything else, with Kakhniuk winning 6-1, 7-6 to pick up his first win after joining the team at semester.

Samaha won again, his seventh in a row but first at No. 5 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2, and Nicolas Prieto earn his first Spring entrance into the singles lineup, winning 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6.  UNM now has two weeks off before heading to face Rice and East Tennessee State, both in Houston on March 25 and 26.