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Kalaga Leads the Way as NM State Claims 6-1 Win over Seward County Community College

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4/22/2022 | 11:00 am

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LAS CRUCES, NM – Gavi Kalaga, the lone senior on the NM State women’s tennis team, led her team to one final regular season victory on her home court.

Playing at the NM State Tennis Complex for the final time in her collegiate career, Kalaga picked up wins in both doubles and singles action to help lead NM State to a 6-1 win over Seward County Community College on Easter Sunday.

NM State closed out the regular season with an 8-15 mark as it prepares for the 2022 WAC Tournament at the end of the week.


• The winning started on line one of tandem action as Chloe Gavino and Lisa Zhu won their team-leading 13th match of the season by defeated Camile Belberka and Justine Lespes by a 6-4 tally.
• NM State clinched the doubles point down on line three thanks to the play of Miranda Bishard and Bella Nguyen. That NM State duo powered past Jimena Llorens and Alejandra Sandoval by a score of 6-2.
• Though the doubles point didn’t go their way, the Saints continued to battle. Kalaga and Natsuki Nishimura, though, were up to the challenge as they squeezed past Carol Mora and Lucia Popluharova by a 7-6 (7-1) score.


• Continuing her strong play as of late, Bishard blasted her way past Llorens down on line six by a 6-1, 6-2 score. Her fourth-straight singles win pushed the Aggies’ lead to 2-0.
• Zhu made it back-to-back singles wins and pushed her team-leading one-on-one win total to 13 by taking down Mora by a 6-0, 6-4 score.
• Nguyen finished off the Aggies’ final regular-season win of the 2022 campaign down on line five. Her 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Sandoval kept the Aggies’ shutout hopes alive and pushed their lead to 4-0.
• Nishimura returned to the win column in flight five action. Her 6-2, 6-3 win against Belberka made matters 5-0 in favor of the hosts.
• Kalaga found herself in a fierce battle with Popluharova down on line four, but the Aggies’ senior would not be denied victory in her final home match. The Bhubaneswar, India, product picked up a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) win which added to the hosts’ lead.
• Gavino, like Kalaga, was embroiled in a three-set tilt, but lost her grip on an early lead. The Aggies’ junior out of Tucson, Ariz., fell to Lespes by a 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8) score.


• As the second seed for the 2022 WAC Tournament, the Aggies are headed to Beaumont, Texas, with intentions on punching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. NM State’s first-round matchup pits it against seventh-seeded Chicago State at 11:00 am MT Friday morning in a quarterfinal matchup.

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