April 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team bounced Mountain West foe Fresno State on Friday by a score of 5-2.
The Wolf Pack (17-4, 3-2 MW) improved its home record to 9-0 with the victory over the Bulldogs (12-9, 3-4 MW). The win once again moved the Nevada to above .500 in conference play, with a 3-2 record and one match remaining. Nevada grabbed two doubles victories to take the early lead, and finished singles play 4-for-6 to finish the day.
"If something that you want to achieve is difficult, and today was no exception," said Erik Burton, Nevada men's tennis head coach. "We were ahead all the way but the match was still difficult. It was a good job and showed our team's will to fight today."
Nevada took the first win to open the day in doubles when the nationally ranked No. 52 doubles duo of Victor Ouvrard and Robert Allan topped Sai Kartik and Sam MacNeil on court one, 8-3. The Pack clinched the doubles point in the next match on court two, as Quentin Mege and Moez Chargui knocked off John Darmstaedter and Eric Komati, 8-6, to lead 1-0. Nevada was nearly victorious in all three matches, as Fernando Sunago and Andrew Poustie were narrowly edged in a tiebreak by Niko Papic and Alexandros Vakouftsis, 8-7(11-9).
The two Nevada seniors opened up the singles action with victories, and pushed the Nevada lead to 3-0. Mege bounced Papic on court three, 6-3, 6-4 for the first singles win, while Ouvrard followed with his 17th win of the season when he dropped Kartik, 6-4, 6-4. Fresno State would take the match on court four to cut the lead to 3-1, Nevada quickly closed the door when Sunago clinched the match for the Pack. He would dispatch Vakouftsis on court six, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 before Chargui recorded the final Nevada victory of the afternoon on court two over MacNeil, 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-4.
The Wolf Pack will be in action again for the final time this season on its home courts of Caughlin Athletic Club when it hosts in-state rival UNLV on Sunday, April 20 for Senior Day beginning at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Nevada vs. Fresno State
April 18, 2014 at Reno, Nev.
(Caughlin Athletic Club)
Nevada 5, Fresno State 2
- Victor Ouvrard (NEV) def. Sai Kartik (FS) 6-4, 6-4
- Moez Chargui (NEV) def. Sam MacNeil (FS) 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-4
- Quentin Mege (NEV) def. Niko Papic (FS) 6-3, 6-4
- John Darmstaedter (FS) def. Andrew Poustie (NEV) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
- Eric Komati (FS) def. Ryan Andrada (NEV) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
- Fernando Sunago (NEV) def. Alexandros Vakouftsis (FS) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
- Ouvrard/Allan (NEV) def. Kartik/MacNeil (FS) 8-3
- Mege/Chargui (NEV) def. Damstaedter/Komati (FS) 8-6
- Papic/Vakouftsis (FS) def. Sunago/Poustie (NEV) 8-7(11-9)
Nevada 17-4(3-2 MW)
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,6,5,2)
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