Reno, Nev. The Nevada men’s tennis team set the foundation for its future with a strong campaign during the 2006-07 season.
After going 5-16 with a veteran team the year before, the Wolf Pack added a number of new faces to the roster this season and the additions paid off. Nevada more than doubled its win total, going 11-12 and narrowly missing out on its first winning season since 1996-97. The Wolf Pack made the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament, the school’s best-ever finish since joining the WAC in 2000.
“This was a successful year for us,” second-year coach Chad Stoloff said. “We are not at the level we want to be but I believe that we showed some of our potential this season. I think we have only scratched the surface of the level I believe we are capable of reaching.”
Last year, Nevada had just two players who finished the season with a .500 record or better in singles play. This year, the Wolf Pack had five players who were .500 or better and three of those players were freshman.
One of those freshman, Laurent Garcin, joined the team at the start of the spring semester and ended the season playing in the No. 1 spot and earning first-team All-WAC honors in singles. Garcin led the team in wins and finished with a 16-6 record in singles play.
In addition to record its best-ever WAC finish, the school also had two others firsts during the season. Nevada topped a Pac-10 school (Oregon) and an SEC school (Mississippi State) in dual play, the first time the Wolf Pack beat schools from those conferences.
Nevada loses two players to graduation in Guillaume Tonelli and Eldar Dzhafarov. But the rest of the team is made up entirely of underclassmen, which provides a bright future for a program on the rise.