NMMI Sports Press
Colt tennis coach Will Cavin is excited about the upcoming state tennis tournament in Albuquerque.
“It’s going to be an interesting tournament without a doubt,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of wins and hopefully not too many losses.”
Four Colts will compete Wednesday and Thursday at the Jerry Kline Complex on Louisiana Blvd. in the singles and doubles competition.
Farid Yunes is the No. 3 seed in singles behind Robertson’s Warren Fulgenzi and St. Michael’s Will McDermott. After a Wednesday bye, Cavin said Yunes won’t have it easy.
“Farid is going to have a challenge in his first match, as he’s going to have to play the winner of Robertson’s No. 2 and Sandia Prep,” the coach said. “I’m assuming Robertson is going to win that match, so he’ll have a challenge from Robertson’s No. 2 (Andres Garcia), but I’m confident that he can win that match.”
Winning would put him in the semi-finals, where Cavin thinks he might meet teammate Francisco Saracho, who’s seeded No. 7
“He’s got an opening match at 7 o’clock Wednesday that I feel pretty confident that he’ll win,” the coach said. “Then he has to play Will McDermott from St. Mike’s, who he lost to earlier in the season, but I think it will be another good match.”
With Fulgenzi expected to make it to the title match on the top side of the bracket, Cavin is looking forward to a rematch there.
“I hope we’ll get another crack at beating him in singles in the individual part,” he said.
Because they took third at the district tournament, the doubles team of Angel Reyes and Felix Higuera comes in unseeded. But again, the coach is thinking positive.
“I think they’ll win their first match, which is against another third-place team (from Bosque), and I think they have a really good shot of getting into the semifinals and we can see where they go from there,” Cavin said.
The team tournament starts Friday at Albuquerque, and while NMMI comes in seeded No. 4 — lower than Cavin was hoping — he’s not disappointed.
“It’s all about records and records against the opponents you’ve played,” he said. “So I think that the New Mexico Activities Association assessment one through four was probably pretty accurate, since Bosque did end up beating Robertson just last week in a dual match, and of course we did lose to St. Mike’s early in the season without two of my top players. But that’s how those things go. It’s going to be an interesting state tournament as far as the team goes.”
Team play opens at 3:30 p.m. vs. Santa Fe Prep, and Cavin said they’ll have to play tough against the Griffins.
“They’re probably not a team to take for granted, because they’re the five seed and we’re No. 4. We’re going to go up there and play hard and expect to have to work to win.”
A victory there would most likely pit NMMI against No. 1 seed Bosque Prep, but even there, Cavin sounds confident.
“I think we’ll be competitive with them, even though they’re the No. 1 seed and we’re the No. 4 seed,” he said. “That’s why you play. If it’s an automatic, they’d already be state champions.”
And if they do get to face the Cardinals again?
“To be honest with you, I think we can beat Robertson 6-3 or 5-4 even though we lost to them 7-2. It just is what it is when you get to the tennis matches.”
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