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Netters Turn In Solid Opening Day

Oct. 17, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Five of UNLV's seven singles entries and all three of its doubles teams are still alive after the first day of action Wednesday at the 2012 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Championships, which are being held this week at the Darling Tennis Center.

Johannes Markel won 6-3, 6-2 over Montana State's Niklas Brandes; Ace Matias downed Denver's Luke Manley 6-2, 6-2; Charlie Alvarado fought off Jose Bendeck of Idaho, 7-6, 7-6; Bernard Schoeman swept Alex Grubbs of Air Force, 6-3, 6-4; and 10th-seeded Tamas Batyi enjoyed a bye.

One other Rebel, Cody Miller, lost his first match of the day but then advanced in consolation play by downing Preben Bjorne of Denver, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

In doubles, Alvarado and Willie Sublette teamed up to defeat Ben Gendron and Jordan Laughnan of Northern Colorado, 8-3. Second-seeded Batyi and Markel as well as eighth-seeded Matias and Schoeman earned byes.

This is event one of 24 USTA/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women taking place over these middle two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country. The singles and doubles champions from the regionals will advance to the 2012 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, taking place November 8-11, at the indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

(Oct. 17, 2012)

AFA=Air Force MSU=Montana State ID=Idaho NMSU=New Mexico State DU=Denver UNC=Northern Colorado

First Round Singles Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Niklas Brandes (MSU) 6-3, 6-2 (25) Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Luke Manley (DU) 6-2, 6-2 Cesar Torres (ID) def. Willie Sublette (UNLV) 6-4, 6-4 Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) def. Jose Bendeck (ID) 7-6, 7-6 (23) Daniel Fernandez (NMSU) def. Cody Miller (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1 (10) Tamas Batyi (UNLV) BYE Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA) 6-3, 6-4

Consolation Singles Cody Miller (UNLV) def. Preben Bjorne (DU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 Willie Sublette (UNLV) BYE

First Round Doubles Charlie Alvarado/Willie Sublette (UNLV) def. Ben Gendron/Jordan Laughnan (UNC) 8-3 (8) Ace Matias/Benard Schoeman (UNLV) BYE (2) Tamas Batyi/Johannes Markel (UNLV) BYE



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