April 27, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Nevada men’s tennis team got a clinching win from Quentin Mege at the No. 6 singles position on Friday, defeating New Mexico State 4-2 to advance into the semifinals of the WAC Championships.
The win improved Nevada’s record to 11-10 overall, snapped a three-match losing streak to the Aggies and set up a second-round tilt with the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the No. 34 Fresno State Bulldogs, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Wolf Pack jumped ahead of the Aggies with two wins in doubles play and the doubles point. A day after earning a second-team all-WAC doubles honor, the team of Wessim Derbel and Fernando Sunago defeated Marc Westgate and Luis Ramirez 8-5 at one. Victor Ouvrard and Jordan Rozenfeld remained unbeaten this year with an 8-4 win at two. The pair is now 4-0 this season.
Eduardo Cabrita of NMSU topped Rozenfeld in singles to level the match at one, but Nevada would not be denied a victory over the team that knocked it out of the tournament in its last appearance in 2010.
Ouvrard tore through his singles match, topping Westgate 7-5, 6-0 at two for Nevada’s second point and after a 7-6 (12-10), 6-1 victory from WAC Freshman of the Year Moez Echargui at three, the Pack needed only one point to advance.
Mege was happy to oblige, with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Patrick Pfister at six. Derbel was up 5-2 in the third set of his match, but it went unfinished after the outcome had been decided.
Fresno State took the first meeting between the two teams this season 6-1, on campus in Fresno on February 3.