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Iftikhar Closes Out Lobo Career At NCAA Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/20/2015
WACO, Texas – University of New Mexico men’s tennis player Samir Iftikhar dropped a 6-1, 6-4 match to Jonny Wang of USC in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The loss closes out Iftikhar’s remarkable Lobo tennis career.

"A fantastic Lobo career has come to an end today,” head coach Bart Scott said. “I've enjoyed watching Sam grow and learn in his time at New Mexico. He's gone from a proven lower line guy who couldn't play doubles his freshman year to a three-time regional finalist, he made a round of 16 appearance at the ITA All-American, he was an NCAA participant, an all-conference doubles and singles performer, and a Scholar-Athlete who graduated with an MBA in only four years. It's been a privilege and we will miss him. Sam is a Lobo for Life!” 

No. 45 Wang gained early momentum after handily claiming the first set and eventually went on to finish off the win over No. 89 Iftikhar.

"Today his opponent played too well,” Scott added. “Sam was off his game just enough and you simply can't be against a player like Wang. I'm proud of the mental performance though. He stayed positive and professional and represented Lobo Nation very well."

Iftikhar has made a significant impact on the Lobo tennis program over the last four years. He finishes his career with an 81-45 career singles record, allowing him to tie for the 8th- most career singles wins in program history. David Kowalski (2001-05) and Ryan Stotland (2001-05) also hold 81 singles victories.

Iftikhar is one of three seniors on this year’s Lobo squad. James Hignett and Mitchell McDaniels also graduated from UNM earlier this month.

Final Score: No. 45 Jonny Wang defeated No. 89 Samir Iftikhar – 6-1, 6-4

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