Broncs win in first match at Bush

Contributed by Coach Gene Hardman

On a bright sunny day in west Texas, the NMMI Bronco tennis team was part of the opening ceremony at the new Bush Tennis center in Odessa TX. The new 40 plus court complex was funded by the Bush Family. The duel match between NMMI and the U of Texas Permian Basin was the 1st college match played at the facility.

The match itself was a nail bitter with the Broncos pulling out a 5-4 victory. The contest came down to the final match of the day. With the score locked at 4-4, Luke Paeni(#3 player) won a 3rd set tie-breaker to  give the Institute the victory.

Other winners in singles were: Chris Hargrove at #3, Chris Sami at #4 and team captain Oscar Hernandez at #6. In doubles NMMI won at #2 where Hargrove and Paeni dominated.

On the women’s side, #1 singles player Amanda Korinihona won in two sets, while #2 Paola Hernandez lost in a third set tie-breaker. The two had previously combined in doubles, narrowly losing, 9-7. Imma Bonghaam also made the trip and lost her singles match.  “I was very happy for our girls as they played well,” said first year head coach Dan O’Connell.

Next up for both teams during this Fall off-season will be a trip down to Hobbs to square off against the University of the Southwest, Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 10:00 am.

Posted in All Sports, Bronco Men's Tennis, Bronco Women's Tennis, College Sports

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