Nevada opens its season on the road at UC Riverside
Jan. 15, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team will take to the road when it opens its 2014 spring season on Thursday against UC Riverside.
Nevada will start its 2014 dual match schedule in Southern California against UC Riverside on Thursday. After an off-day on Friday, the Wolf Pack will return to action on Saturday against San Diego State. Head coach Erik Burton is back to coach the team, and he, as well as the student athletes, are itching to get back onto the courts.
"Nevada Wolf Pack men's tennis is finishing up our winter training in Indian Wells at the tennis center," Burton said. "We are a team that is very anxious and ready to compete. We have prepared well and our goals can be reached this season."
Season Outlook: The Wolf Pack returns eight members from last season's young squad, including all six regular starters of the singles rotation. Senior co-captains Victor Ouvrard and Quentin Mege, along with juniors Moez Echargui and Fernando Sunago, are expected to anchor the top of the lineup. There is expected to be a rotation at the bottom positions between Robert Allan, Ryan Andrada, Andrew Poustie, Billy Bumgardner, and newcomer to the Pack Vlad Shchetinin. Doubles pairs may change on a match basis, but one expected pair is Ouvrard/Allan after recent success during the fall.
Nevada was on the road for all of four of its tournaments during its fall exhibition season, including traveling to Tulsa, Okla. for the ITA All American Tournament. After Tulsa, the Pack went to Northern California for the UC Davis Aggie Invitational, where Mege won the first of three Wolf Pack titles of the fall season in his singles draw. At the ITA Mountain Regionals in Las Vegas, Ouvrard and Allan returned the doubles champions in their consolation draw, topping 63 other doubles pairs. Echargui brought home the third title of the fall in early Nov. 2013 at the Pacific Tigers Men's Invitational after rolling through his singles B draw.
Last Season: The Wolf Pack finished last season at 9-13, a fourth place finish in its first season in the Mountain West Conference. The Pack started the season hot but faded down the stretch, which led to a first round match up against arch-rival UNLV, where the Pack was downed 4-1.
Departures: Phillip Hinojosa.
Hinojosa finished his senior season with a 10-8 singles record. On senior day vs. San Diego State, Hinojosa was engaged in a three-set war with Andranik Khachatryan for the match deciding point, but was ulitmately defeated.
Incoming: Vlad Shchetinin.
Shchetinin joins the Wolf Pack from Moscow, Russia by way of Boca Prep International School. Shchetinin picked up his first victory as a member of the Pack on Oct. 5, 2013 when he defeated James Markiewicz of Saint Mary's in his consolation singles match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Nevada in the Rankings: Victor Ouvrard represents Nevada in the top 10 players for the Mountain Region in singles rankings that were released on Jan. 2. Ouvrard was ranked at No. 7, and is the only Nevada player to appear in the rankings in either singles or doubles.
Chasing History: Ouvrard began the fall in eighth place for most singles victories in a career at Nevada with 47. After three wins in the fall, Ouvrard has moved into a tie for seventh on the list with Kishan Wickreasinghe with 50 career victories. He sits 22 victories behind Laurent Garcin for first place all-time at Nevada.
Home Sweet Home: After having a total of only 3 home matches during spring 2013, this season will see the men's tennis team at their home court of Caughlin Athletic Club 10 times. The first home match will be on March 7, 2014 vs Montana and will finish its schedule with in-state rival UNLV on April 20, 2014.
The Wolf Pack will take on UC Riverside this Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.
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