April 28, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Nevada men’s tennis team concluded its season on Saturday, falling 4-0 to No. 33 Fresno State in the Semifinals of the WAC Championships.
“It is always tough to lose in your conference tournament,” head coach Erik Burton said. “I’m proud of this team though and feel like this was a good season for the Wolf Pack.”
The Bulldogs took hold of the match with two victories in doubles play and the doubles point. Refusing to go quietly, the Pack fought hard in singles play, losing two first sets in tiebreakers.
Unable to earn comeback victories in those matches, Nevada ultimately fell with losses at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5.
Nevada’s season was highlighted by a return to the conference championship event after missing it in 2011, and a victory in the first round against New Mexico State. The win over the Aggies on Friday snapped a three-match losing streak for the Pack in that matchup, including a 4-3 defeat earlier this season at Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno.
Derbel won 24 times in singles play this year, falling only three match wins away from the all-time record at Nevada. He finished his career with the third most singles wins in the history of the program at 66.