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Lobos Drop Last Non-Conference Match to USF 4-1

by Frank Mercogliano

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — New Mexico took the doubles point, but San Francisco was able to clinch with four singles wins before UNM could score another point, and UNM ended it’s non-conference portion of the schedule with a 4-1 loss at San Francisco.  While UNM has now lost two streaight, the Lobos ended the non-conference season at 9-3 and are ready for Mountain West play, whihc begins in earnest on March 25 at home against Air Force.

The Lobos did make a lineup switch in doubles, moving players around.  Myu Kageyama, normally the partner at No. 1 of Yue Lin “Polly” Chen, moved to No. 2 with Hsuan Huang, and that was the difference in the doubles point.  With the point split at 1-1 (with UNM’s No. 3 team of Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang and Satoho Toriui winning 6-1), UNM’s new No. 2 team clawed its way to a 7-5 win, giving UNM a 1-0 lead.

That was all UNM could muster though as San Francisco took wins at No. 3, 1, 6 and 2 singles (in that order) to win it 4-1.  UNM had its chances as Kageyamam was up 6-2, 4-5 and Albie Huang was down a set but had just started her second when it ended.

UNM opens conference play in 11 days, hosting a tri-weekend with Air Force and Nevada.  UNM will play Air Force on Friday at noon, and then Air Force and Nevada will play on Saturday.  UNM will then host Nevada at 11:30 am on Sunday.