Jan. 20, 2013
TUSCON, Ariz. – The University of Nevada men’s tennis team dropped its first match of the season on Sunday, falling to Arizona 5-2.
The Wolf Pack (2-1) suffered its first loss of the year to the Wildcats. It notched two doubles victories to secure the point, but only picked up one singles victory to close out the day. Head coach Erik Burton knew it would be a tough dual match.
“It is a tough place to get a win when you have been on the road for nine days,” Burton said.
In doubles action, the Pack was up 6-3 on two courts, but allowed the Wildcats to come back and give the Pack a scare before finally securing the doubles point. Newcomers Robert Allan and Andrew Poustie notched the first victory, as they defeated the team of Naoki Takeda and Andre Vidaller 8-7 (5). The second victory came from co-captain Victor Ouvrard and Fernando Sunago, as they pulled out the thriller 8-7 (8) against the team of Giacomo Miccini and Fredrik Ask.
“We started out well in doubles, but we tried hard to give Arizona the point,” Burton said. “But in the end we held strong and pulled out both matches.”
The lone singles victory came from Allan, as he took down Takeda 6-2, 7-5. Burton was less than thrilled with how his team finished matches.
“Allan had a good start in his match and pulled it out, and we were up 2-0 at that point, but we lost every first set in the other singles matches,” he said. “We got down early, even though we were at 2-0 for the longest time. We couldn’t finish any of the three set matches out, going 0-5 in three setters for the match.
“We will definitely work on our closing out match skills.”
The Wolf Pack is next in action again on Feb. 1 against DePaul at 12:30 P.M.