Myard's Win Keeps No. 67 Men's Tennis Unbeaten at Home This Season
RENO, Nev. - Junior Augustin Myard picked up an intense singles win to give the No. 67 University of Nevada men’s tennis team a 4-3 win over No. 73 New Mexico State Friday at Lakeridge Tennis Club.
Myard defeated Matej Stakne in the No. 5 singles position. Myard took the first set 6-2, but Stakne came back and took the second set 2-6. In the third set, which determined the match between Nevada (11-3, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) and New Mexico State, Myard fought an intense battle to win it 7-5.
With the win, Nevada remains perfect 6-0 when playing at home this season. The win extends Nevada’s win streak to five.
In doubles action, junior Alex Daruty and freshman Wessim Derbel picked up their third win together in the No. 1 position. The duo defeated Roman Stoisavljevic 8-4. However Nevada was unable to secure the doubles point. Myard and junior Laurent Garcin were downed 8-5 by Jim Brouleau and Arthur Surreaux in the No. 2 spot. Junior Gabe Kanzelmeyer and sophomore Kristian Kuharszky were defeated in the No. 3 position 8-6 by Gustave Diep and Stefan McKinney.
In singles action, Derbel, who is ranked 123 in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, made his return from Tunisia at the Davis Cup this week to take on Stoisavljevic in the No. 2 spot. Derbel came up strong in that position, defeating Stoisavljevic 6-3, 6-1 to tie the match at one.
After being down 4-0 in the first set, Garcin bounced back to defeat Brouleau 7-6 (5). In the second set, Garcin dominated and won the match 6-2 to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 point lead.
Despite being down in the first set 3-6 in the No. 4 spot, senior Benjamin David bounced back in the second set and won 6-3 to force a third set. However it was Surreaux that topped David in the third set 1-6 and to tie the match at three with three matches remaining.
But Nevada regained the lead when Daruty, in the No. 3 position, defeated Diep. After losing the first set 4-6, Daruty came back in the second set, winning it 6-3 to force a third set. In the third set, Daruty came up strong to defeat Diep 7-5 and take the match point, giving the Wolf Pack the lead at 3-2.
New Mexico State tied the match again when Eduardo Salas defeated Kuharszky 6-4, 7-6 (3). Kuharszky was up 6-5 in the second set but couldn’t hold on to the lead as Salas came back and took the win.
Nevada will return to action on Saturday as the Wolf Pack will conclude its home schedule against No. 19 Boise State at Lakeridge Tennis Club.