Netters' Season Ends With Loss At MW Tourney
April 24, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's tennis team had all the momentum by winning the doubles point but then fell flat in singles play in a 4-1 loss to San Diego State Thursday at the Mountain West Tournament Championship being played at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club.
The Rebels, seeded sixth, ended their season at 13-11 overall while the third-seeded Aztecs improved to 12-11 and moved into Saturday's semifinals.
In a rematch of a February meeting that saw SDSU win 4-3, UNLV turned the tables in doubles play. After being swept in the previous meeting, the Rebels took two of three today to emerge with the lead. Dimitar Petrov and Jakob Amilon downed Jonas Meinzer and Andranik Khachatryan 8-5 at No. 3 and then Ace Matias and Denys Pume won a tiebreaker 7-2 to defeat Thorsten Bertsch and Hunter Nicholas 8-7 on court one.
The teams split singles play in February and a repeat of those results would mean a UNLV win. However, the Aztecs changed the script themselves, taking the top three matches after dropping those same meetings previously. Only two Rebels won their first set -- Dimitar Petrov on court four and Willie Sublette on court five -- but those matches were halted when SDSU got its fourth point.
MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP - QUARTERFINALS Men's Tennis Match Results SAN DIEGO STATE (3) 4, UNLV (6) 1 April 24, 2014, at Fresno, CA (Sierra Sport & Racquet Club)