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Match vs. San Diego State Declared No Contest

by Steve Kirkland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Saturday’s women’s tennis match between New Mexico and San Diego State in Colorado Springs was declared a no contest when play could not be finished before San Diego State needed to get to the airport for travel purposes.

The Lobos (11-10, 2-7 MW) are back in action on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Mountain Time against Nevada at the Mountain West Tournament, held in Tucson, Ariz.

New Mexico was down 2-1 after losing the doubles point two matches to zero.  In singles, San Diego State took a 2-0 lead when San Diego State’s Tamara Arnold defeated Yue Lin “Polly” Chen at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-2, but UNM got back in the match when Sarah O’Connor defeated Nnena Nadozie 6-4, 6-4.

The rest of the matches couldn’t be finished in time as UNM and San Diego State were the back end of doubleheader pod that was supposed to start at 2 p.m.  However, the match was severly delayed when Air Force and UNLV’s 10 a.m. match lasted over four hours, running into the 2 p.m. UNM/SDSU start time.  The matches were played indoors, where Air Force had just four court available.

It wourked out for San Diego State as New Mexico was leading in all three unfinished matches as Hsuan Huang was up 6-4, 5-7, 2-1, Myu Kageyama was up 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 and Albie Huang was up 2-1.  Sataho Toriumi never had her match started.

It also marked the second time in eight days that UNM had a potential win against San Diego State thwarted because of SDSU flight schedules. Just a week earlier on April 16, San Diego State defeated UNM 11-8 in baseball at Santa Ana Star Field, negating a wild comeback by UNM as the came was called after just eight innings at 2:07 p.m. due to an early flight for SDSU

It hasn’t been determined if the matches that were completed will go on the individual records of the players.