March 29, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The University of Nevada men's tennis team went down to the wire in a closely contested dual match with No. 62 Cal Poly but came up just short, falling by a score of 4-3.
The Wolf Pack (8-7, 0-1 MW) has now dropped its past two matches after the loss to the Mustangs (8-6). Injuries have been plaguing the Wolf Pack over the past couple of weeks, including in the loss yesterday to UNLV, and they played a factor again today. Co-captains Victor Ouvrard, who normally plays from position one, and Quentin Mege were unavailable to play. Even though the team came up just short, head coach Erik Burton was proud with the way the team competed.
"It was a heartbreaker," he said. "The guys fought very hard despite injuries and sickness, and I couldn't be more proud today as each player at every position was ready to compete and leave his heart on the court. This could only bring positive things for the future."
Nevada snatched four victories on the day, three in singles and one in doubles. The singles wins came from positions four through six, but the most crucial point was from position two, which turned out to be the deciding match point. Fernando Sunago battled with Marco Comuzzo through three sets before being topped 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Andrew Poustie won his second match in as many days in singles action after he powered past Naveen Beasley in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Ryan Andrada was victorious from position five, getting past Matt Thomson 7-5, 7-6. The final singles victory came from Philip Hinojosa, his first of the dual match season, as he pulled out the three set thriller against Gannon Daynes 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
The lone doubles victory of the day came from the pair of Robert Allan and Moez Echargui in position one, as they squeezed past Beasley and Andre Dome 8-6.
The Wolf Pack is in action again on Sunday when it continues Mountain West Conference Play with Fresno State at 11 a.m.