Men's Tennis Travels to New Mexico for Pair of Duals
March 7, 2013
CHICAGO - The DePaul men's tennis team heads west for the third straight weekend, playing a pair of matches in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday and Sunday on the campus of the University of New Mexico at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex.
First on Friday, DePaul will tee up against hosting New Mexico at 1:00 p.m. CT. Sunday's match will feature the Blue Demons battling New Mexico State with first serve scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT.
DePaul (3-9) will be looking to turn around its recent fortunes and snap a five-match skid. The Blue Demons are also 0-3 on the road this season and will be pursuing a first victory away from Lincoln Park.
First singles stalwart Filip Dzanko leads the charge with a 7-5 record at the top spot and has a 10-10 overall record on the season. Newcomer Sten Leusink has posted the team's most wins in dual match play (5-7), mostly from the third position in the lineup where he is 4-4.
Dzanko and Leusink also teamed up for the first time last weekend in doubles action and put together a 2-0 mark as a pair.
The Lobos (6-7) are coming off a weekend split in Lubbock, Texas in which they defeated No. 58 Texas Tech on Sunday, March 3 in a tight 4-3 match after falling 5-2 to No. 69 Miami the day before.
4-1 on their home court, the Lobos also feature an ITA-ranked singles player in No. 103 Samir Iftikhar. The sophomore from the United Kingdom leads the team with a 15-10 record overall and a 4-5 mark at the top spot in the order.
New Mexico State (5-3) is riding a three-match win streak entering the weekend and features the reigning WAC Player of the Week in senior Luis Ramirez, who won all four of his matches at singles and doubles last weekend.