Zhu wins single and double titles on the last day of the Aggie Invite


Aggie invitation | Final Draws / Results


student in the first year Mingfang-Zhu made a great first impression on her first weekend of college competition.

The NM State women‘s tennis newcomer won two championships – one singles and one doubles – and led the Aggies on the final day of Aggie Invitational Sunday at the NM State Tennis Complex.


• Since it was not possible to offer an all-aggie doubles championship match, the only pair of NM State contestants to make it into the title bout saw the title go to the hosting institution.
Chloe Gavino and Mingfang-Zhu completed a perfect 4-0 run through doubles by starting the day with a dominant 6-1 win over Abilene Christian’s duo of Maryjoe Crisologo and Ileana Mocciola. In the title fight, Gavino and Zhu faced their toughest opponents of the weekend.
• Gavino and Zhu were challenged at every point against UTEPs Thassane Abrahim and Veronika Lebisova. Fortunately, the NM State duo answered the challenge and won a 7-6 (4) triumph over the Miners pairing for the Aggie Invitational doubles title.
Harsha Challah and Georgia Townsend was denied a place in the double title fight when they lost 6-0 in the semifinals against Abrahim and Lebisova.
Miranda Bishard and Gavi Kalaga did a great run in the second half of the season and took two wins on Sunday morning to finish with a 4-1 record at the Aggie Invitational. This duo scored wins against Paula Garrote and Danielle Viljoen of Abilene Christian (6-1) and Eve Daniels and Kathleen Percegona (6-4) of UTEP to complete their run in the invitation.
• Melissa Nguyen and Bella Cartis finished their time at the three-day event with a 2-2 record. This NM State duo fell 7-5 in another back-draw match against Elena DiBattista and Lina Sachica of UTEP.


• Zhu’s second championship of the day came in the single action white draw. Against Myu Kageyama from New Mexico, Zhu conjured up a 6: 4, 6: 2 victory in the championship game and thus ended a faultless 3: 0 run through the white draw.
• Kalaga finished third in the White Draw after taking a 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) comeback win over Andrea Guerrero from Abilene Christian on Sunday morning.
• Although stalled at the start of the invitation, Cartis recovered well in the second leg, ending a three-game winning streak in singles with a Sunday morning win against Nicold Gonzalez (6-1, 6-3) of western New Mexico on Sunday afternoon. Cartis finished the event with a 3-1 record.
• Like Cartis, Nguyen saw successes in the backcourt. She ended a 2-1 weekend in the Gray Draw with a 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) triumph over Garrote on Sunday morning.
• Challa and Gavino have chosen not to play against each other in the game for third place in the Crimson Draw.


• The Aggies will be taking almost a month off before their next fall competition. Starting Wednesday, October 13th, NM State will be participating in the ITA Mountain Regionals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, hosted by UNLV, lasts five days and ends on Sunday October 17th.

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