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Men's Tennis Heads North for Key Weekend Matches

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Saturday at the Master’s is called “Moving Day”, because it’s when golfers move and set themselves in position to win the whole thing.  In Mountain West men’s tennis, Friday is most definitely “Moving Day”.

New Mexico travels to Boise, Idaho to take on the No. 61 Broncos in a battle for first place.  Boise State is 18-4 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West while the No. 73 Lobos are 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West.  Boise State has also been rolling, having won 10 in a row.  The Lobos after that match travel to Logan, Utah for a second tough match on the weekend as UNM plays Utah State at noon on Sunday.

BSU’s streak started with a 4-3 win over Drake, whom UNM beat 7-0 earlier this year.  However in its last seven matches, the Broncos are outscoring their opponents 36-3.  New Mexico has experience stopping a big winning streak, as UNM just beat Nevada 4-1 as the Wolf Pack entered the match on a seven-match winning streak.

New Mexico enters the match with the reigning Freshman of the Week in Nikolay Sysoev, who clinched the 4-1 win over Nevada with a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles, winning 17 of the last 23 games.  Boise State can counter with the reigning Player of the Week in Simon Arca Costas, who is a perfect 18-0 in the spring (5-0 at No. 1 and 13-0 at No. 2). Arca Costas is 28-5 overall on the season, leading the Broncos in wins.  UNM is lead by Georgio Samaha, who has a team-best 21 wins.