Nov. 1, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team opened fast with six wins on Friday at the Pacific Tigers Invitational.
The Wolf Pack ended the first day of play from Stockton, Calif. with a 5-3 record in singles and 1-1 in doubles play. The team played well as a whole, according to head coach Erik Burton.
"We played hard, but we let a couple matches get away from us late," he said. "We will battle on for titles this weekend."
Moez Echargui was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Men's Open Singles B draw, and received a bye in the first round. In the second round, he ousted Bryce McKelvie of UC Davis 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 to notch a quarterfinals spot.
In the same draw, Wolf Pack newcomer Vlad Shchetinin was matched up against Michael Tymkiw of Fresno Pacific in his first round match, and came out victorious 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4. He dropped his second round match to No. 3 seed Parker Kelley of UC Davis. Fernando Sunago also defeated a Fresno Pacific member in his first round match, eliminating Stefan Loop in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. He dropped his second round match to No. 2 seed Kyle Miller of UC Davis.
Returning from injury, Men's Open Singles C draw No. 1 seed Robert Allan received a bye before defeating Rafael Martinez of Holy Names in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-0. In the same draw, Billy Bumgardner won his opening round match against John Samuelsson of University of San Francisco 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. He dropped his quarterfinal match to Robert Henry of Sonoma State.
In doubles action, the pair of Moez Echargui and Rober Allan were seeded No. 3, and after a first round bye they knocked off Thomas Hunt and Mathias Olsen of Saint Mary's 8-6 for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Play continues Saturday morning from Stockton at 9 a.m. with doubles play.