1/28/2023 | 11 AM
Jan 28 (Sat) / 11 AM
LAS CRUCES, NM – The Aggies came out hot on a cold day to win the doubles point, however, NM State ultimately fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the NM State Tennis Center.
“We had a really close match today and have shown a lot of positives so far this season,” head coach Emily Wang said. “This team has a lot of heart and I am excited to see what we accomplish this season.”
- The weather delay did not seem to cause the Aggies any problems as teams put forth by Wang were able to win two out of the three doubles matches to claim the lead heading into singles action.
- On court no. 1, the tandem of Anna Pinaieva and Lisa Zhu battled to a 6-2 win over the Islanders’ Naomi Moi McKenzie and Valeria Cherfus.
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was able to even the score as Palina Saulevich and Emma Aucagne got the best of Miranda Bishard and Bella Nguyen in a tightly contested 6-4 match.
- Finally, Valeriia Ivanovskaia and Natsuki Nishimura secured the second doubles win for the Aggies as they duo topped the Islanders’ Sofia Pinto and Kateryna Rublevska 6-2.
- The first singles match to come to a close pulled Texas A&M-Corpus Christi even with NM State as Victoire Delattre defeated Valeriia Ivanovskaia 6-3, 6-1.
- Unfortunately, the Aggies lone wins in singles play would come after the Islanders were able to win an additional three matches to guarantee them the overall victory.
- Despite suffering the loss as a team, Lisa Zhu and Natsuki Nishimura continued to fight individually as both tallied three-set wins over their fellow competitors.
- Zhu earned a commanding 6-3 win in the opening set against the Islanders’ Naomi Moi McKenzie before McKenzie was able to battle to a 7-5 win in the second set to set up for a tiebreaking third set. Zhu found what she had in the first set again in the final set to win the game 6-2 to earn her second individual win of the season.
- In the match that wrapped up the day, Natsuki Nishimura claimed a 6-2 win in the opening set before dropping the second frame 6-4. The junior was then able to fight through adversity to win the final set 7-5.
- NM State will remain at home this weekend when they host UT San Antonio on Saturday at the NM State Tennis Center. Saturday’s match was originally scheduled for 11 am, however, the two programs have agreed to push the start time to 1 pm