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Rebels Rally Past Falcons

March 3, 2012

Box Score

LAS VEGAS ( - Charlie Alvarado won five straight games to come all the way back and take the deciding set and give the UNLV men's tennis team a wild 4-3 victory over Air Force in the Mountain West opener for both teams on Saturday.

Playing indoors, UNLV earned its first road win of the year to improve to 4-8 while the Falcons fell to 5-5.

The Rebels had to rally first after losing the doubles point. The hosts took a 1-0 lead after winning two of three matches. UNLV's only success came on court three where Tamas Batyi and Willie Sublette used a tiebreaker to get by Joey Brandt and Ali Rizvi 9-8.

In singles, UNLV got straight sets wins from Batyi, 7-5, 6-2 over Alex Grubbs at the fourth spot, and Alex Bull, who downed Landon Kinsey 7-6, 6-3 at No. 2. Bernard Schoeman eventually rallied from being down 3-0 in the third set to win his match over Ali Rizvi at the sixth position, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

With the teams tied at 3-3, Air Force's Alex Lineberry led 5-2 in the final set vs. Alvarado on court five. The Rebel junior, however, stormed back to win it 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 and finish off the dramatic team victory.

The Rebels return to action on Friday when they begin an eight-match homestand vs. Ball State on Thursday. Doubles play begins at 2 p.m. Admission to all UNLV matches is free of charge.

Men's Tennis Match Results
March 3, 2012, at Colorado Springs, CO
(AFA Indoor Courts)

Singles competition 1. Lance Wilhelm (AFA) def. Rene Ruegamer (UNLV) 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 2. Alex Bull (UNLV) def. Landon Kinsey (AFA) 7-6, 6-3 3. Andy Jackson (AFA) def. Brian Kenyon (UNLV) 6-2, 6-4 4. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA) 7-5, 6-2 5. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) def. Alex Lineberry (AFA) 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 6. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Ali Rizvi (AFA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Doubles competition 1. Lance Wilhelm/Grant Taylor (AFA) def. Bernard Schoeman/Brian Kenyon (UNLV) 9-8 2. Andy Jackson/Alex Grubbs (AFA) def. Rene Ruegamer/Johannes Markel (UNLV) 8-5 3. Tamas Batyi/Willie Sublette (UNLV) def. Joey Brandt/Ali Rizvi (AFA) 9-8



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