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Success at state for Colt and Lady Colt tennis

Members of the Colt boys’ tennis team pose with their 2nd place trophy in Albuquerque after the NMMA Class 4A State Team Tennis Championships.

Tanner Hightower-Wilson
NMMI Sports Press

Megan Lynch poses with the Class 4A Girls’ Singles Bracket after winning the State Championship match.

Last Wednesday-Saturday the Colt and Lady Colt tennis teams competed in the NMAA State Championships up in Albuquerque and had great success. Megan Lynch, a senior, competed in her final singles tournament as a high school athlete. She easily blew past her competition to win the A-AAAA singles Championship.

Lynch said, “I feel honored to win a state championship for NMMI because it has been several years since a female has done so.”

Lynch beat Haley Garcia of St. Michaels 6-1, 6-0 for the championship title.

Lynch will be returning to NMMI to start her college tennis career with Coach Dan O’Connell and the Lady Broncos.

Megan Lynch serves during one of her matches in Albuquerque.

“I am so honored to be coming back to NMMI to start my college career, this is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to being a Bronco,” said Lynch.

Coach Will Cavin said, “She has been a great leader on the team and I look forward to watching her play for the Bronco tennis team.”

 Farid Yunes cruised through the A-AAAA singles tournament and earned a spot in the State Championship match versus Neil Katzman of Bosque. Yunes had the lead heading into the third and final set 2-6, 7-5 and 3-2, but was unable to finish the match because of two injury timeouts at different times of the match.

“I think he could and would have won,” said coach Cavin. “But unfortunately he was suffering from an injury the previous week. It kind of put him in a situation where he was overdoing it and trying to be protective.  He was definitely a warrior and a competitor and I know it really hurt for him to be ‘retired’ as the NMAA called it. He fought and battled, but those are the rules of the NMAA, which require pulling a kid out after the second medical timeout.”

Farid Yunes backhand during team doubles play.

Both squads also had a very strong outing in the team competition. The third-seeded Lady Colts advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Portales, before losing to No. 2 Mesilla Valley Christian School, 5-2.

The Colts also drew the No. 3 seed, and advanced to the State Championship match, downing N0. 6 Taos 8-1 in the 1st round, and No. 2 Mesilla 7-2 in the semifinals.  They battled Las Vegas Robertson for the Class 4A boys’ team championship, but fell 5-4.

Cavin stated, “We went down 2-1 in doubles and then Treat won his match, which made it 2-2. Then we lost two singles matches and the score becomes 4-2, but Alan DeGroot and Yunes both won, which makes the score 4-4.”

Francisco Saracho in team singles vs. Robertson.

Heading into the final match of the day and season, Francisco Saracho of NMMI, took on Connor Houdek of Robertson. The match went to three games, but NMMI was unable to pull the victory.

“Both the boys and girls competed extremely well and you can’t take anything away from Robertson program,” said Cavin.

The Colt Tennis team will be returning five out of the six players in their runner up campaign; the lone senior is Spencer Treat. Treat has been on varsity for his entire tenure at NMMI, four years and will be returning for junior college.

 

Spencer Treat, singles play at the state championships in Albuquerque.

Cavin said, “Spencer has been a great leader on the team and you could always count on him to win his matches and give us a win in the column for team play.”

“He is a super kid. He will be heading off to basic training at Fort Benning and then returning to the Institute for the early commissioning program.”

Treat said, “I have definitely become a better player, physically I have become better at tennis. I have also become better at talking to players and getting to know them, instead of looking at them as a competitor. Athletics at NMMI was very important to me. It was a nice release from the core and a solid get away. Without tennis, it would have been a lot harder here.”

Ana Ruja

Allen DeGroot

Eliana Ward

Luis Fontes

Flor Toscano

Sebestian Aguirre

JinXui Dong

Sofia Brassea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colt and Lady Colt Tennis Head to State

Ana Ruja takes a swing at the district tennis tournament.

Ana Ruja takes a swing at the district tennis tournament.

 

We are two days away from the beginning of the NMAA State Tennis Championships in Albuquerque.

The Colts and Lady Colts have qualified athletes to participate in individual singles and double play, held Wednesday and Thursday at UNM’s Jerry Cline Tennis Complex; and the team competition being held Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

Meagan Lynch attempts a shot last Thursday during the district tournament.

Megan Lynch attempts a shot last Thursday during the district tournament.

As the top-ranked A-AAAA player in the girls’ singles bracket, Megan Lynch has a first round bye.

Head coach Will Cavin knows the road to a state title won’t be easy, but is very optimistic about Lynch’s chances. “Megan will have some competition up there and it is not going to be a walk in the park. She is going to have to go up there and show what she is capable of and I feel like she should be the next state champion for A-AAAA.”

Lynch is scheduled to play the winner of St. Michael’s Kyra Chavez and Mesilla Valley Christian’s Anne Ikard, on Thursday, May 4th at 11:00 AM.

Ana Ruja and Eliana Ward are heading into girls doubles play as the No. 4 ranked doubles team in Class A-AAAA and will also have to wait and see who they will be playing due to a first round bye.

Eliana Ward takes a swing during the district championships.

Eliana Ward takes a swing during the district championships.

Cavin said, “These are two of my newest student-athletes who came in at the beginning of the year and just recently started playing together. They have done a great job of coming together and becoming a team and I expect great things from them.”

Ruja and Ward will take on the winner of Bosque’s Baca/Lamb and Sandia Prep’s McDermott/Atkins, at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

The Colts have two participants competing in boys singles play. Farid Yunes has a first round bye and will play the winner of Taos’ Jens Crosby and Bosque’s Thomas Donahue, at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

“Yunes is a competitor and he will go out there and play well for us,” said Cavin.

Along with Yunes, Francisco Saracho will also be playing in the singles tournament. Saracho defeated Zach Laurenz of Portales – 6-4, 6-1 –  in a match on Monday to punch his ticket to State.

“First round, Saracho should do really well. His real test will come against Neil Katzman from Bosque, who is a solid tennis player,” said Cavin.

Saracho will take on Cole Gartner from Santa Fe Prep, at 7 PM Wednesday evening.

Allen DeGroot and Luis Fontes are the lone duo participating in the boy’s doubles competition and will have a first round bye due to a No.3 ranking.

Allen DeGroot smashes a serve during the district tournament last Thursday.

Allen DeGroot smashes a serve during the district tournament last Thursday.

Coach Cavin said the two have been playing together since they were freshman in high school.”They do a great job of playing together. Both of them have improved significantly in single play as well as doubles.”

DeGroot and Fontes will be taking on winners of Sandia Prep’s McCormick/Lewis and St. Michael’s Johnson/Smith, at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th.

For team play, beginning on Friday, the Colts and Lady Colts  both earned the No. 3 seed.

The Lady Colts will take on the No.6 ranked Portales Rams starting at 10:30 AM at Albuquerque Academy.

“The girls will open up against Portales and I feel pretty confident we will get to the next round, where we will play Mesilla Valley again,” said Cavin. “We lost to them 5-4 in the district tournament and we were so close to beating them. I think we have a great shot to play for a State Championship.”

As for the boys, the Colts open up against No. 6 ranked Taos starting at 3 PM, also at the Albuquerque Academy courts.

“I really don’t know much about Taos, but I feel pretty confident we will get past them,” said Cavin. “Once again, we will have to play Mesilla Valley in the Semi-Finals and we lost 5-4 this last Friday during district play, so the Championship is up for grabs.”

 

NMMI tennis takes dual match vs. Moriarty

Service return by Sebastian Aguirre in No. 6 singles play.

Service return by Sebastian Aguirre in No. 6 singles play.

Tanner Hightower-Wilson
NMMI Sports Press

Overhead shot by NMMI's No. 6 singles player, Flor Toscano.

Overhead shot by NMMI’s No. 6 singles player, Flor Toscano.

The Colt and Lady Colt tennis teams played their third consecutive match in as many days, upending Moriarty in convincing fashion. The Colt boys’ team blanked the Pintos 9-0, while the Lady Colts lost just one match for the 8-1 victory.

“Both the boys and girls did really well,” said Head Coach William Cavin. “Moriarty’s a young and improving team – I think they’ll be good in the future, but we’re looking stronger and stronger every day. The boys finished 9-0 in a pretty dominant day. The girls won 6-0 in singles and only lost at No. 3 doubles.”
For those closely following NMMI’s high school tennis teams, neither the victory nor the margin was much of a shock. But what really stood out was the players at the bottom of the line-up. “My lower seeded players – my fives and sixes – are playing a lot better, both boys and girls. They’re winning some matches, and getting more confidence,” said Cavin.
The Colts and Lady Colts will take on District 4-4 foe Hope Christian tomorrow at the NMMI campus, finishing up this weekend’s play in the District Quad tournament.

“Tomorrow ought to be an interesting match vs. Hope Christian. Their No. 1 girl was the state champion last year for our classification and they’ve got a No. 1 boy who is very good as well. We’ll just have to see where the ball drops and who pulls it out tomorrow,” said Cavin.

Following the match vs. Hope, coach Cavin hopes to give his team a well-earned break. “After four straight days of tennis, we will probably give them a break on Sunday,” joked Coach Cavin.

The next scheduled match for the NMMI teams won’t be until an April 18 home contest at vs. Portales, first serve set for 3:00 pm.

Results:
Boys
NMMI 9, Moriarty 0
Singles
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. J’ahlan Graham, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. Akash Patel, Moriarty, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Kyle Gallaot, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4, Allen DeGroot, NMMI def. Zach Ortiz, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-2
No. 5, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. CJ Trammell, Moriarty, 6-2, 6-0
No. 6, Sebastian Aguirre, NMMI, def. Andres Chavez, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-0
Doubles
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, def. Grahm/Patez, Moriarty, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2, Fontes/DeGroot, NMMI, def. Trammell/Ortiz, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3, Treat/Aguirre, NMMI, def. Gallaot/Parker. Moriarty, 6-1, 6-1

Girls
NMMI 8, Moriarty 1
Singles
No. 1, Megan Lynch, NMMI, def. Mayanni Rivera, Moriarty, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2, Ana Ruja, NMMI, def. Meghan Anderson, Moriarty,6-0, 6-2
No. 3, JinXiu Dong, NMMI, def. Vanessa Vicentillo, Moriarty, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4, Eli Ward, NMMI, def. Ashley Gleason, Moriarty, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5, Sophia Brassia, NMMI, def. Haylie Willis, Moriarty, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6, Flor. Toscano, NMMI, def. Rebecca Hix, Moriarty, 6-3, 6-2
Doubles
No. 1, Lynch/Dong, NMMI, def. Rivera/Anderson, Moriarty 8-2
No. 2, Ward/Ruja, NMMI, def. Gleason/Willis, Moriarty, 8-1
No. 3, Vicentillo/Heggelund, Moriarty, def. Brassia/Toscano, NMMI, 8-3

Colts and Lady Colt Tennis teams prevail

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NMMI’s Spencer Treat with the volley shot as he makes his move up to the net.

 

Backhand along the baseline by NMMI's JinXiu Dong.

Backhand along the baseline by NMMI’s JinXiu Dong.

Tanner Hightower-Wilson
NMMI Sports Press

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon on the NMMI campus, the Colt and Lady Colt tennis teams took on the Portales Rams in a District 4-4A dual match.

The Colts charged passed the Rams, winning 9-0, and the Lady Colts rebounded from their loss yesterday to Robertson, with a 7-2 win.
“The boys are strong and getting stronger,” said head NMMI coach William Cavin. “It’s going to be interesting as we finish up with district and head into the state tournament. The next couple of days will be some good markers to see where we’re at, along with yesterday’s match with Robertson.” .

Allen DeGroot returns a serve during his singles match.

Allen DeGroot returns a serve during his singles match.

The Lady Colts showed great improvement – in part because of the return of Ana Ruja to the line-up.  “It’s good to have Ana Ruja back for today’s match and it makes a big difference,” said Cavin. “When your No. 2 player is gone, it messes with your singles and your doubles. Hopefully for the rest of the season, she won’t have any conflicts with activities within the corps or academics. That’s one of those things we have to deal with here at the Institute – there’s just so many things going on here that sometimes it interferes with athletics.”

Serve by Lady Colt Ana Ruja during her singles match.

Serve by Lady Colt Ana Ruja during her singles match.

Coach Cavin continued, explaining that he thinks his Lady Colts have a very good chance at bringing home a district title this year. “Portales and Mesilla Valley Christian are probably two of the best teams in district, as far as the girls go. We beat Portales here today pretty soundly; we lost to Mesilla over the weekend, but that was without our No. 2. When it comes times for the district tournament, I think we’ll have a shot.”
The Colts and Lady Colts will host another match tomorrow at 3 P.M. at NMMI as part of the District Quad tournament being held Friday and Saturday at the NMMI tennis courts.

Results: 
Boys 
NMMI 9, Portales 0
Singles
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Zach Laurenz, Portales, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def.Javier Gutierrez, Portales, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Francisco Lopez, Portales, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4, Allen DeGroot, NMMI def. Zeke Aguirre, Portales, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. Drake Long, Portales, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Sebastian Aguirre, NMMI, def. Gerardo Calderon, Portales, 1-6, 6-0, 6-0
Doubles
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, def. Laurenz/Guiterrez, Portales, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2, Fontes/DeGroot, NMMI, def. Lopez/Aguirre, Portales, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3, Treat/Aguirre, NMMI, def. Long/Calderon, Portales, 6-1, 6-4

Girls 
NMMI 7, Portales 2
Singles
No. 1, Megan Lynch, NMMI, def. Sarah Blaeser, Portales, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2, Ana Ruja, NMMI, def. Kinsey, Portales, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3, JinXiu Dong, NMMI, def. Danielle Ruiz, Portales, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4, Eli Ward, NMMI, def. Timberlyn Neece, Portales, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5, Kelley Fraze, Portales, def. Sophia Brassia, NMMI, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Flor. Toscano, NMMI, def. Vanessa Lucero, Portales, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Doubles
No. 1, Lynch/Dong, NMMI, def. Blaeser/Neece, Portales, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2, Ward/Ruja, NMMI, def. Ruiz/Bilberry, Portales, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3, Fraze/Lucero, Portales, def. Brassia/Toscano NMMI, 6-1, 7-5

Colts battle Robertson in possible precursor to state

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

Baseline backhand by NMMI’s Farid Yunes during his No. 1 singles match.

 

NMMI’s Megan Lynch finishes a serve during her No. 1 singles match.

NMMI’s Megan Lynch finishes a serve during her No. 1 singles match.

NMMI Sports Press

In a match postponed due to high winds yesterday, the Colt & Lady Colt Tennis teams hit the courts at the New Mexico Military Institute today (Apr. 5), ready to take on one of the top high school tennis programs in the state, Las Vegas Robertson.

It was a back-and-forth battle on the boys’ side, with the Colts outlasting the Cards for a 5-4 win.

The Lady Colts, playing without Ana Ruja at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, were not as fortunate, losing 9-0 to the defending state champ Lady Cards.

“Robertson’s got a great team, one that is constantly at the top of the state. They’re never going to give up and neither are we,” said head coach Will Cavin.

Sebastian Aguirre at No. 6 singles.

Sebastian Aguirre at No. 6 singles.

The Colts were tied with the Cards 4-4 heading into the final – and longest lasting – doubles match of the day. Farid Yunes and Francisco Saracho defeated the Cards doubles team 6-1, 5-7, 6-6 and (7-4) to get the victory for NMMI.

“Our boys came back and won 5-4, which is going to make for an interesting state tournament,” explained Cavin.

“Farid Yunes won his singles match and just battled out to win his doubles, along with his partner Francisco [Saracho]. They played really well and had to come back and win the third set and the tie-breaker. They just stayed focused and pulled it out,” said Cavin.

Sofia Brassea, No. 5 singles.

Sofia Brassea, No. 5 singles.

“Sebastian Aguirre won at No. 6 singles, and then paired up with Spencer Treat to win No. 3 doubles. There’s two of the five matches we had to have to win the match, and Alan DeGroot battled through three sets to win his singles,” finished Cavin.

The 9-0 loss by the Lady Colts was a bit surprising, but coach Cavin thinks his girls’ team will find a way to make it to state.

“The Robertson girls, with four Fulgenzis on the roster, they made a run, but we’re missing our No. 2 player due to a choir trip. I think the girls can be right there, we’ve just got to battle and stay focused,” said Cavin.

Luis Fontes

Luis Fontes, No. 3 singles.

Both NMMI teams will be back in action tomorrow for a district dual match vs. Portales, then again on Friday and Saturday for the second half of the District Quad, a round-robin tournament which will help determine the district title.

RESULTS
Boys: NMMI 5, Robertson 4
Singles
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, vs. Andres Garcia, Rob, 6-2, 6-3 NMMI wins
No. 2, Connor Houlek, Rob vs Francisco Saracho, NMMI, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) Rob. wins
No. 3, Dylan Moore, Rob vs Luis Fontes, NMMI, 6-0, 6-1 Rob. wins
No. 4, Allen DeGroot, NMMI vs Gabe Gregory, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 NMMI wins
No. 5, Shane Senor vs Spencer Treat, NMMI, 6-3, 6-3 Rob. wins
No. 6, Sebastian Aguirre, NMMI, vs DeAndreGutierrez, 6-3, 6-0 NMMI wins
Doubles
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, vs Garcia/Houlek, Rob, 6-1, 5-7, 6-6 (7-4) NMMI wins
No. 2, Moore/Gregory Rob, vs Fontes/DeGroot, NMMI, 6-3, 7-5 Rob. wins
No. 3, Treat/Aguirre, NMMI vs Sena/Gutierrez, Rob, 6-0, 6-0 NMMI wins

Girls: Robertson 9, NMMI 0
Singles
No. 1, Brandee Fulgenzi, Rob, vs Megan Lynch, NMMI, 6-3, 6-2, Rob. wins
No. 2, Lauren Fulgenzi, Rob, vs Savanna Lee, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0, Rob. wins
No. 3, Jenese Fulgenzi, Rob, vs JinXiu Dong, NMMI, 6-1, 6-0, Rob. wins
No. 4, Jaci Fulgenzi, Rob, vs Eli Ward, NMMI, 6-1, 6-1, Rob. wins
No. 5, Carlyn Marrigo, Rob, vs Sophia Brassia, NMMI, 60-0, 6-0, Rob. wins
No. 6, Bailey Druan, Rob, vs Flor. Toscano, NMMI, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2, Rob. wins
Doubles
No. 1, Fulgenzi/ Fulgenzi, Rob vs Lynch/Dong, NMMI, 6-1, 6-2 Rob wins
No. 2, Fulgenzi/ Fulgenzi Rob vs Ward, E./ Lee, NMMI, 6-0, 6-1, Rob. wins
No. 3, Dunn/Sena, Rob vs Brassia/Toscano, NMMI, 6-0, 6-5, Rob wins

Flor Toscano, No. 6 singles.

Flor Toscano, No. 6 singles.

Spencer Treat, No. 5 singles.

Spencer Treat, No. 5 singles.

 

Eliana Ward, No. 4 singles.

Eliana Ward, No. 4 singles.

 

Alan DeGroot, No. 4 singles.

Alan DeGroot, No. 4 singles.

 

JinXiu Dong, No. 3 singles.

JinXiu Dong, No. 3 singles.

 

Francisco Saracho, No. 2 singles.

Francisco Saracho, No. 2 singles.

 

Savannah Lee, No. 2 singles.

Savannah Lee, No. 2 singles.