Tennis can’t ace Western New Mexico

Junior Nick Baker connects on a forehand in his No. 3 singles match against Western New Mexico University April 11 at the Regency Athletic Complex.
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In a day that felt like the Australian Open with the scorching heat, Metro’s men’s and women’s tennis teams fell to Western New Mexico University April 11 at the Regency Athletic Complex.

Metro came into the match having won three straight matches against No. 47 Lindenwood, CSU-Pueblo and Montana State-Billings, respectively.

Women’s tennis couldn’t solidify a win and went down in as the Mustangs went a perfect 9-0.

Men’s tennis battled hard with the visiting Mustangs, but fell short 4-5.

The Roadrunners ended doubles competition 1-2 as only junior Nick Baker and freshman Trevor Jones could win their match, 9-8.

Baker was the only member of the team to win both his doubles match and singles match, his singles match was a tension-filled, Federer vs. Nadal-esque battle and was the final match of the night. Baker won the No. 3 spot, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Sophomore Chris Anderson and senior Jonathan Evangelista lost their doubles match, while Evangelista didn’t compete in singles competition.

“Doubles was kind of an up and down match,” Evangelista said. “We didn’t get off to the start we wanted to. Out of the gate, we got down 3-0. We really need to focus on moving forward.”

Anderson later went on to win the No. 6 singles match, 6-0, 6-1 over Omar Lopez.

“(I was) just trying to be aggressive,” Anderson said. “Trying to work through what we do everyday in practice.”

Anderson, who was a walk-on this year, welcomed the support from his teammates who gave him the edge for the win.

“It helps to have fans,” Anderson said. “The team cheering us on, that’s a big deal.” Anderson and Evangelista took on WNMU’s Sascha Brechtel and Omar Lopez and fell 5-8.

Senior Adrien Delvaux won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-1.

On the women’s side, freshman Wanda Holopainen lost her No. 1 singles match 1-6, 6-7 (1) 8-10 in a close battle with the Lady Mustangs, while sophomore Kaitlyn Miller went down 3-6, 3-9 (2) 5-10 in the No. 4 singles match.

The tennis team will be preparing on the court for the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, April 18 in Grand Junction.

“We’ve been working and building since fall,” Evangelista said. “In the end, we’ve just got to trust our game, trust the work that we put in.”

Author: Scott Corbridge

Avid sports and Broncos fan. Scott would like to write for a big sports publication such as ESPN or Sports Illustrated since following the works of Rick Reilly. Sports in more than a fad, it’s a passion.

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