April 24, 2013
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada men's tennis team will kick off the Mountain West Championships on Thursday at 1 p.m. when it takes on in-state rival UNLV in the first round.
The Wolf Pack (9-12, 1-5 MW) comes into the tournament as the No. 6 seed, and will face off against the No. 3 seed Rebels (16-6, 4-2 MW). In their first meeting this season, the Pack dropped the match to the Rebels by a score of 5-2, but the team had been plagued by injuries and was missing co-captain Victor Ouvrard. Nevada snatched three victories in the first match, led by freshman Andrew Poustie, who won both his singles and doubles matches. Head coach Erik Burton thinks his team is ready for the task at hand in the conference tournament.
"We have a slightly different lineup from our March encounter with UNLV in Las Vegas," he said. "We are in our home element here in Colorado, it just comes down to momentum and who wants to win the most."
Beyond the conference tournament, this match will have implications in the Governors Series Presented by NV Energy. If the Wolf Pack comes out victorious, the two teams will both earn 1.5 points since they split their two meetings. If the Rebels win, however, then they will gain three points.
Should Nevada advance, the Pack would face the winner of the first round match between Boise State and Air Force in the semifinals, which takes place on Saturday.