UNM Men’s Tennis is currently at the top of the Mountain West Standings at 4-0. They are the only undefeated team left in the conference, and they have won eight out of their last nine matches.
“I think it’s safe to say that we are one of the hottest teams in the country right now,” said UNM Head Tennis Coach Ben Dunbar.
This team is young, as they have four freshmen on their roster, but they have a fire that has been noticed by some of the veteran guys on the team.
“We have always been working in the right direction. I just think now, with the group of guys that we’ve got, we all want the same thing, we all work as hard as we can every day and now we are starting to see the results,” said UNM junior tennis player Dominic West.
This late rally has shown that this team can battle adversity, as UNM started out the season at 1-5. Coach Dunbar does attribute that slow start to their success as of late.
“Out of our five losses, four of them were teams in the top 40 in the rankings. So, we just had a good schedule. We wanted to do it that way so that we were tough come conference season, and I feel like that is really paying off for us now,” said Coach Dunbar.
This team hasn’t won a Mountain West regular season title since 2015, and haven’t won a MW Tournament Title since 2004. But if the Lobos win two out of their three remaining conference games, they will clinch the top spot in the upcoming MW tournament. This is a big deal for this team, and no one is more excited than their lone senior.
“So far in my three years, we haven’t been able to clinch any sort of titles in conference. So we have put ourselves in a great position and hopefully, in a couple of weeks time we will be able to celebrate,” said UNM senior tennis player Ricky Hernandez Tong.
UNM will play their two last home conference games on Friday and Sunday. The Lobos will start with UNLV on Friday at 4 p.m.