Rebel leader was serving for match point before falling at national tourney.
Senior star did not lose a set during week's work at ITA event.
*2004 NCAA SINGLES QUALIFIER*
AT UNLV: The team's top singles and doubles performer returns for his senior season ranked a career-high 38th in the nation ... A big, powerful athlete who is a legitimate conference MVP and All-America candidate who will look to once again qualify for the NCAA tournament ... A two-time All- Mountain West Conference honoree in singles who is also a three-time MWC Player of the Week ... His 9-3 fall record included reaching the final of the Bronco Classic in Santa Clara and then becoming the first Rebel to ever win the ITA Regional Singles Championship ... Downed Boise State's Matias Silva 7-6, 6-0 for the title on Oct. 24 ... First UNLV player to earn spot in National Indoor Championships ... Saddled with a tough draw, he lost both matches at event in Ann Arbor, MI, falling to the No. 3 and then-No. 24 ranked players in the nation ... Also went 5-0 in fall doubles with partner Aviram Salomon ... A top student who earned Academic All-MWC honors in 2003 and `04 ... 2004: Emerged as one of the best players in the MWC and all the West ... His 16-7 overall record included a 12-5 mark the top singles spot ... Earned first career ITA national ranking on Feb. 23 at No. 55 ... Remained in top-100 all season and closed at No. 86 ... After 4-2 fall mark, opened spring schedule by shocking eighth-ranked Michael Kogan of Tulane, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) ... Won seven of first eight spring duals ... Knocked off then-No. 63 Felix Hardt of rival San Diego State on April 4 to clinch team's best victory of season, 4-3 over the Aztecs ... Season was cut short by a broken right hand suffered away from the courts ... Injury forced a withdrawal from the NCAA Singles Championship after becoming the seventh Rebel in history to qualify for the event ... Led squad in doubles victories with 17-6 record with two partners ... Went 10-4 with Joel Kielbowicz and 7-2 with Salomon ... 2003: Did not play first collegiate match until mid-February but went on to earn all-conference honors after taking over No. 1 singles and doubles spots for Rebels ... Won his first three career matches and five of his first six en route to a 7-5 record ... Downed 57th-ranked Christopher Bergues of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 on March 7 ... Went 2-0 at HEB Team Tournament to earn team's only MWC Player of the Week award in 2003 on March 12 ... Twice downed Utah's No. 1 player, Daniel Lohff ... Also teamed with Romain Massaro at the No. 1 doubles position and finished 3-8. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Pappenschule HS in Duisburg ... Ranked as high as No. 27 in Germany in 18-and-under division. PERSONAL: Henner Nehles is the son of Dr. Jochen and Garbriele Nehles ... Has an older sister, Eva Marie ... Favorite tennis player is Goran Ivanisevic ... Majoring in hotel administration.