Rebs Win Big For Bouras
April 23, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The 57th-ranked UNLV men's tennis team said goodbye to its lone senior in style on Saturday, downing San Diego State 5-2 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Rebels closed their regular-season schedule at 14-10 overall and 3-3 in Mountain West Conference play. The Aztecs fell to 6-15 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Before the match, senior star Mehdi Bouras was recognized for his outstanding career. The Paris product then went out in his final home appearance and helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead after doubles play. Bouras teamed with Johannes Markel for an 8-3 win over Tim Schulz van Endert and Javier Pulgar at the top of the lineup before Rene Ruegamer and Bernard Schoeman clinched the point with an 8-5 victory over Giovanni Vaglietti and Matt Tosches on court three.
In singles, Bouras swept Vaglietti at the top position, 7-6, 6-2. The win improved the 62nd-ranked Rebel to 21-10 overall this season, including 5-1 in MWC action. Ruegamer won 6-0, 6-3 over Feliz at No. 3; Markel came back to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Schulz van Endert at No. 4; and Charlie Alvarado swept Shiva Sangwam 6-3, 6-0 on court six.
Between doubles and singles play, UNLV staged a unique exhibition of doubles play pitting Rebel football second-year head coach Bobby Hauck and new Runnin' Rebel basketball head man Dave Rice against a team made up of 1997 NCAA Doubles Champion and 2008 UNLV Hall of Fame inductee Tim Blenkiron and 10-year-old Jack Hambrook, who is both a tennis pupil of Blenkiron's as well as the son of UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. The duo of Blenkiron and Hambrook earned a 7-5 victory on court one.
"It was bittersweet today when you realize that it was the last match here for Mehdi," Owen Hambrook said. "I'm glad he went out with not only a team victory but wins in both singles and doubles. I want to thank everyone for coming out today to help us say goodbye to a great Rebel."
UNLV now awaits seeding and scheduling information for next week's MWC Tournament, which will be hosted by Colorado State and held at the Rams' new tennis facility in Fort Collins.
Men's Tennis Match Results #57 UNLV 5, SAN DIEGO STATE 2 April 23, 2011, at Las Vegas (Fertitta Tennis Complex)