Jan. 31, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada men's tennis team hits the road when it travels to Eugene, Oreg. for three dual matches beginning with DePaul on Friday at 12:30 P.M.
The Wolf Pack (2-1) will play three days in a row with dual matches against DePaul, Idaho, and Oregon. Leading the way for the Pack is newcomer Robert Allan, who is undefeated thus far in his collegiate tennis career. Through the first three matches of the season, Allan has three singles and three doubles victories with partner Andrew Poustie. Head coach Erik Burton is excited to get the team back on the court but knows the weekend ahead will be tough.
"We face some tough competition at Oregon this weekend," Burton said. "Our guys are pushing the envelope right now, and our practices have been solid. They will be ready for the challenging weekend."
The Wolf Pack begins with a tough dual match with the DePaul Blue Demons on Friday. The Blue Demons (1-1) are coming off a close 4-3 loss at Purdue and are led by Filip Dzanko. This season, Dzanko is 8-5, including preseason, and is 2-0 in spring singles matches.
Saturday will see the Wolf Pack take on the Idaho Vandals (1-1), who is coming off a 7-0 victory against Eastern Washington. Leading the way for the Vandals in doubles is the No. 46 nationally ranked pair of Marius Cirstea and Abid Akbar, who late last year earned Idaho's second straight ITA Mountain Regional doubles title, the second for Cirstea.
"We played Idaho last year and got out of there with a win," Burton said. "But they are a very good team that we cannot sleep on."
Oregon University (4-0) will be the final opponent for the Wolf Pack this weekend, as they go head to head on Sunday. Oregon is undefeated this season, winning its first three matches by a score of 7-0 and was victorious in its last match against Eastern Washington 6-1. The Ducks have lost only one match this season thus far.
"We anticipate great matches and improvement this weekend," Burton said. " We won't take any team for granted."