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Aztecs Rally Past Rebels In MW Opener

Feb. 16, 2018

Box Score

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV men’s tennis team got off to a hot start on a cool Friday night but saw San Diego State rally to win a 4-3 thriller at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in the Mountain West opener for both teams.

The Rebels fell to 4-4 overall while the Aztecs notched their first win of the season in seven outings.

The hosts opened by taking a spirited doubles session, getting a win on court two from Eric Samuelsson and Clayton Alenik and then clinching it when Alexandr Cozbinov and Courtney Lock won at the top of the lineup.

Moving to singles play, UNLV won the first set on half the courts and eventually took a 3-2 lead before SDSU won both three-setters to claim the overall victory.

REBEL OF THE MATCH: Eric Samuelsson teamed with Clayton Alenik for a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles and then gave his team a 3-2 lead in singles with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Joel Popov on court four.

NET NOTE: The Rebels have won the doubles point in three straight matches but have won only one of those outings.

QUOTABLE: “After great energy in the doubles, we were not able to keep that momentum going in singles. This guys battled hard in spots but SDSU deserved the win on tonight.”

-Head Coach Owen Hambrook

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will host Oregon on Sunday. Doubles begin at noon and admission is free of charge.



Men’s Tennis Match Results
Feb 16, 2018 at Las Vegas, NV
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) def. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU) 6-3, 6-4 2. Arnaud Restifo (SDSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1 3. Sander Andersen (SDSU) def. Courtney Lock (UNLV) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 4. Eric Samuelsson (UNLV) def. Joel Popov (SDSU) 6-1, 7-5 5. R. Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 6. Jan Kirchhoff (SDSU) def. Jordan Sauer (UNLV) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition 1. Alexandr Cozbinov/Courtney Lock (UNLV) def. Nicholas Mitchell/Sander Andersen (SDSU) 6-4 2. Eric Samuelsson/Clayton Alenik (UNLV) def. Joel Popov/Arnaud Restifo (SDSU) 6-3 3. Santiago Cevallos/R. Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Jordan Sauer/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,1,4,5,3)

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