March 25, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 73 University of Nevada men's tennis team could not maintain its hot start in its dual match on Monday, falling to No. 47 Stanford by a score of 5-2.
The Wolf Pack (8-5) fell to the Cardinal (6-5) in its final tune-up before conference play begins on Thursday. Nevada started out the day by capturing the doubles point with two victories, but snagged only one singles victory in the second half of the day.
"It was tough to see us start so well and not close it out," head coach Erik Burton said. "This won't break our confidence that we have as we roll into conference play against UNLV."
Andrew Poustie picked up the only singles victory on the day for the Wolf Pack, as he rolled past Anthony Tsodikov in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
Team co-captain Victor Ouvrard and freshman Robert Allan seized a doubles victory, powering past the pair of Denis Lin and Robert Stineman by a score of 8-5. The other doubles victory came from the pair of Moez Echargui and Quentin Mege, as they squeezed by Nolan Paige and Trey Strobel 8-6.
The Wolf Pack returns to action on Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m. when it faces UNLV in the opening match of Mountain West Conference play. UNLV is currently 11-4, including a perfect 10-0 record on its home court, Fertitta Tennis Complex. One force behind the home winning streak is Ace Matias, who is 13-2 this season, including a 11-2 record from position one. Matias also has nine doubles victories with partner Bernard Schoeman from position one.