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Women's Tennis 2023-24 Features 11 Home Matches

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here’s hoping the women’s tennis team remembers to turn right into the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium parking lot this year for some matches.  They can be excused for forgetting where it is.  A year after playing just three matches at home, Vicky Maes’ squad will play 11 home matches in a 24-match regular season in 2024.

Additionally, the Lobos announced its fall competition schedule, which will see UNM take part in four tournaments starting with the Bedford Cup in Colorado Springs on September 14-17.

The home schedule was bolstered by a long-awaited return of a traditional conference schedule in which each team plays five matches at home and five on the road.  For the past few years, the Mountain West went to a travel pod system, which meant most teams only played two matches at home, and eight on the road or neutral.  This year New Mexico will host UNLV (March 15), Colorado State (March 17), Nevada, (April 5), San Diego State (April 7) and Wyoming (April 14).

Its five road opponents are San Jose State (March 22), Fresno State (March 24), Boise State (March 28), Utah State (March 30) and Air Force (April 19).

UNM opens non-conference season with a pair of home matches on the same day, hosting Western New Mexico and Colorado College on February 3.  The Lobos will also host Northern Arizona (February 16), Abilene Christian (February 18), UTEP (February 25) and New Mexico State (March 10).

UNM’s road non-conference matches will see the squad travel to the Pacific Northwest for three matches in Spokane, facing Seattle (February 9), Gonzaga (February 10) and Eastern Washington (February 11).  The team will play a doubleheader with UC Riverside and UC Irvine on February 23 and head to Big Sky country to face Montana (March 7) and Montana State (March 8).

The Mountain West Tournament will take place in Las Vegas April 24-27.

Along with the season opening Bedford Cup, UNM will travel in the fall for the NAU Invitational (September 22-24), ITA Regionals (October 18-22) and the UTEP Invitational (November 3-5).