NMMI Sports Press
LAS CRUCES — The Colt tennis team earned the District 4A-AAAA title Saturday, topping Portales 9-0 and defending champ Mesilla Valley Christian School 6-1 in a tough but abbreviated championship match.
“There’s no doubt Mesilla Valley has a good team,” said NMMI coach Will Cavin. “We won five out of the six matches as far as singles go. Francisco (Saracho) lost to (Adam) Takeshita in the quads, but he battled him today. Won the first set; lost the second set; then beat him in a tiebreaker in the third set. So that was a great match there.”
Luis Fontes also battled to three, winning 6-3, 0-6, 6-0, and Jose Salazar lost the only singles match in three.
“No excuses. We beat them 7-2,” Cavin said. “I think we probably would have got them 8-1 today, but we didn’t finish the two doubles matches, because that’s the way it works. Once you hit five, (the match is over) and we hit five in the middle of those two singles matches.”
The Lady Colts won’t be sending anyone to state, as they lost 8-1 to Portales to end their season. But Cavin is still proud of the team.
“They fought and they played hard,” he said. “Other than Vanessa (Sanchez) being a senior, they’re young. We didn’t have Megan (Lynch). Next year, I really think if everyone comes come back, we’ll be going to state as a team.”
But this year, it’s just the boys, and they’ll have to wait until Sunday for the seeding, Cavin is hoping for a good placing.
“I think we deserve No. 2, at worst we deserve No. 3,” he said. “That’ll be up to the New Mexico Activities Association. But it is what it is. You’ve got to play wherever they put you. In my mind, we should be two or three, but that’s up to them.”
The Colts will head out Wednesday for the individual tournament — with Farid Yunes and Saracho competing in singles and Felix Higuera and Angel Reyes trying for a doubles title — then start team play Friday.
“We’re looking good,” Cavin said. “The kids are excited and I’m excited for them. They’ve played hard and done well. We look forward to the state tournament next week.”
NMMI 9, Portales 0
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Zachary Laurenz, PHS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. Enrique Cabral, PHS, 6-0, 6-1
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Geronamo Macias, PHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4, Jose Salazar, NMMI, def. Javier Gutierrez, PHS, 6-1, 6-1
No. 5, Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Francisco Lopez, PHS, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. Zeke Aquirre, PHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, def. Laurenz/Cabral, PHS, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2, Fontes/Salazar, NMMI, def. Gutierrez/Lopez, PHS, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3, Higuera/Reyes, NMMI, def. Macias/Aquirre, PHS, 6-2, 6-0
NMMI 6, Mesilla Valley Christian School 1
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Jarrett Coyle, MVCS, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. Adam Takeshita, MVCS, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Josh Estrada, MVCS, 6-3, 0-6, 6-0
No. 4, Tyler Franzoy, MVCS, def. Jose Salazar, NMMI, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
No. 5, Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Peter Ko, MVCS, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. Brandon Rue, MVCS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, vs. Laurenz/Cabral, , MVCS, DNP
No. 2, Fontes/Salazar, NMMI, vs. Estrada/Franzoy, MVCS, DNP
No. 3, Higuera/Reyes, NMMI, def. Robert Armistead/Rue, MVCS, 6-1, 6-0
Portales 8, NMMI 1
No. 1, JinXiu Dong, NMMI, def. Zamorye Cox, PHS, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2, Mireya Lopez, PHS, def. Flor Toscano, NMMI, 7-5, 6-0
No. 3, Danielle Ruiz, PHS, def. Sofia Brassea, NMMI, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4, Kinsey Bilberry, PHS, def. Savannah Lee, NMMI, 6-0, 6-2
No. 5, Timberlyn Neece, PHS, def. Vanessa Sanchez, NMMI, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6, Cree Barber, PHS, def. Miranda Nepip, NMMI, 6-3, 6-1
No. 1, Cox/Lopez, PHS, def. Dong/Toscano, NMMI, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2, Ruiz/Bilberry, PHS, def. Brassea/Lee, NMMI, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3, Neece/Barber, PHS, def. Sanchez/Nepip, NMMI, 6-1, 6-4