Nevada looks to close season strong at home
April 14, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team will finish off its spring dual season by hosting three home matches, beginning with Sacramento State on Wednesday.
The Wolf Pack (15-4, 2-2 MW) will have its final preparation for the Mountain West tournament this week, as it hosts a trio of matches: Sacramento State on Wednesday, Fresno State on Friday, and concludes with rival UNLV on Senior Day Sunday. Nevada has won four of its last five matches, including taking 2-of-3 on its most recent road trip.
Senior Victor Ouvrard leads Nevada into the weekend at 20-5, with a 16-1 dual mark. With his last victory over Samir Iftikhar of New Mexico on Sunday, he has moved into third place for men's career singles victories with 67, passing former teammate Wessim Derbel. His 20 victories through 2013-14 tie him for ninth for single-season singles victories with Brian Scanlon (1986-87), and is also a career best.
Another senior helps to pace Nevada, as Quentin Mege holds a 23-9 record since the start of fall 2013, a career high in victories. He holds a 13-6 dual action mark, and has won his past five matches. Junior Moez Chargui is 16-7 overall, with a 12-5 mark in spring 2014.
The No. 45 nationally ranked doubles duo of Ouvrard and Robert Allan heads the doubles charge, with a 18-3 mark since the start of fall 2013, and a 14-2 record in dual action. The duo has already set the record (18) for single season doubles wins previously held by Rudolf Leuschner and Brandon Sieh, set in 2004 with 16. With their six doubles victories as a pair last year, Ouvrard and Allan have now also moved into a tie for first place in career doubles victories as a duo with Leuschner and Sieh (24).
Chargui and Mege come in at 9-6 in dual action, and is riding a three-match winning streak. Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago are 8-7 in dual action, while posting an overall record of 10-10.
Sacramento State comes into the match at 9-14, and has dropped three of its past five matches. It's two most recent wins came against North Dakota and Northern Colorado to begin the month of April. Roy Brandys is 12-11 in dual action to lead the Hornets, while Niranjan Ram is 13-9.
Fresno State is currently 12-8, with a 3-3 mark in the Mountain West. It has won its past five matches, with victories over Air Force and UNLV. Despite the winning streak, the Bulldogs post a 2-6 mark while on the road. Leading Fresno State is Sai Kartik Nakireddi is 12-7, while Eric Komati is 11-7.
The Rebels sit at 12-9 overall while 2-2 in the Mountain West, but will face Utah State in a conference match before battling with Nevada. UNLV has won three of its past five, including wins over New Mexico and Air Force. Ace Matias is 17-9 for the Rebels, while Denys Pume is 15-4. The match will also be a battle for points in "The Governors Series, Presented by NV Energy." The winner will win at least a share of three points for the competition, but points will not be awarded until after postseason play due to the possibility of meeting in the Mountain West tournament.
The match with Sacramento State will begin on Wednesday, April 16 at noon on Nevada's home courts of Caughlin Athletic Club.
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