April 11, 2013
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team will return to its home court of Caughlin Club to host two Mountain West matches, battling New Mexico on Friday at noon and Air Force on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Wolf Pack (8-9, 0-2 MW) will return home for the first time in over a month, having just finished a seven-match road trip. Co-captain Victor Ouvrard has been unavailable for the past three matches due to injury, but is expected to return to anchor the lineup from his usual spot in position one, where he is 6-6 on the year. Ryan Andrada is 7-3 in his last ten singles matches, with the majority of those wins from position six. Moez Echargui and Quentin Megelead the charge for the Pack in doubles play, as they are 7-5 on the year, with five of those victories coming from doubles position two.
"We've had a tough slide here, but I'm confident we can turn it around this weekend," head coach Erik Burtonsaid. "We've been right there in a lot of our matches, and I think our rebound comes this Friday at home."
The Lobos come into the dual match having won only two of their past five contests, but are fresh off of a 7-0 domination of Mountain West foe Fresno State. Jadon Phillips is in the front of the New Mexico singles charge with 11 singles victories, while Conor Berg is right behind him with 10 victories. Berg and Andrew Van Der Vyver have notched a 7-6 record from position one in dual matches this season.
Air Force has dropped its past two matches, including a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of No. 64 UNLV. Though the Falcons have won two of the past five matches and sit a game above .500, they currently sit at 0-3 in MW play. Lance Wilhelm is 12-5 this season in dual matches to lead the Falcons, with all 12 victories coming from position one. Wilhelm was also the first recipient of the Men's MW Player of the Week award this season. In doubles, Wilhelm is at the forefront again, with partner Grant Taylor. Together they have posted a 14-5 record from position one, while Alex Grubbs and Jack McCullers are 7-5 from position two.
The match with New Mexico begins on Friday at Caughlin Club in Reno, Nev. at noon.