Rebels Advance At MW Tourney
April 25, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The 62nd-ranked and third-seeded UNLV men's tennis team completed a season sweep of in-state rival Nevada, Reno, 4-1, on the opening day of the 2013 Mountain West Championships on Thursday at the United States Air Force Academy.
The Rebels improved to 17-6 overall, which marked the most wins for the program since finishing 20-7 in 1997, while the sixth-seeded Wolf Pack's season ended with a record of 9-12. Because UNLV also defeated UNR earlier in the season, Thursday's victory secured the school three points in the Governor's Series and the Rebels now lead that competition 16.5-10.5.
UNLV advanced to play in Saturday's semifinal round where it will face second-seeded Boise State at approximately 1 p.m. PT. The Broncos, who downed the Rebels 5-2 in their regular-season meeting, advanced by getting by host Air Force 4-1.
On Thursday, UNLV won its first match at the annual postseason event since 2010 by getting off to a good start in doubles play. The Rebels earned the team point when Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman downed Quentin Mege and Moez Echagui, 8-6, at the top position and Johannes Markel and Tamas Batyi won the by the same score on court two over Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago.
With the format calling for the match to be deemed final when either team reaches four points, UNLV looked to put away the Pack early in singles and did just that. Matias was done first as the super sophomore improved his record to 24-8 overall with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win over Echargui at the top position.
After UNR scored its only point with a win at No. 4, UNLV's next victory came from court five where senior Charlie Alvarado fought off Sunago 7-5, 6-1. The clincher came at No. 3 where Batyi swept Poustie 6-4, 6-4.
2013 MOUNTAIN WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S QUARTERFINALS #62 UNLV 4, NEVADA, RENO 1 April 25, 2013, at Colorado Springs, CO (USAFA Tennis Courts)