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Men's Tennis Denied Back-To-Back Titles With Loss In Final

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April 30, 2017

BOISE, ID. ( - The third-seeded UNLV men's tennis team lost a title match at the Mountain West Championship for the first time since 2001 with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of top-seeded and 45th-ranked Utah State Sunday at the Appleton Tennis Center.

The Rebels ended their season at 19-9 overall while the Aggies improved to 23-8 and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

In a rematch four weeks ago that saw USU win 4-3, the Aggies turned the tables at the start of things. After losing the doubles point in the previous meeting, the Aggies took two of three today to emerge with the key 1-0 lead. The Rebel duo did win at the top of the lineup as Jakob Amilon and Evaldo Neto downed Kai Wehnelt and Samuel Serrano 6-2.

Moving to singles play, three Rebels -- Amilon (No. 1), Alexandr Cozbinov (No. 2) and Ruben Alberts (No. 3) -- won the first set on their courts, but Utah State clinched before UNLV could record a team point when Jonas Maier finished off Charlie Croxford 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on court six.

Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship
Championship Match
Apr 30, 2017 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)

# 45 (1) Utah State 4, #3 UNLV 0

Doubles competition 1. Jakob Amilon/Evaldo Neto (UNLV) def. Kai Wehnelt/Samuel Serrano (USU) 6-2 2. Jack Swindells/Jonas Maier (USU) def. Adam Gage-Brown/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-4 3. Andrew Nakajima/Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Richard Solberg/Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 6-3 Order of finish: 1,2,3

Singles competition 1. Kai Wehnelt (USU) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), unfinished 2. Jaime Barajas (USU) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 5-6, unfinished 3. Samuel Serrano (USU) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 5-7, 6-3, unfinished 4. Jack Swindells (USU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4 5. Sergiu Bucur (USU) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-0, 6-4 6. Jonas Maier (USU) def. Charlie Croxford (UNLV) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Order of finish: 5,4,6



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