Men's Tennis Starts Season with Trip to Tulsa
Sept. 23, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada men's tennis team jumps back into action on Sep. 28 when it travels to Tulsa, Okla. for the ITA All-American Tournament.
Last season, the Wolf Pack finished its regular season at 9-13, earning the No. 4 seed for the Mountain West tournament. The Pack battled injuries during the latter part of the season, and notched a 1-6 conference record. The season ended in the first round after a closely fought 4-1 loss to UNLV.
Though it wasn't the ending the head coach Erik Burton was looking for, the experience the Pack gained was priceless.
"We had only one senior on the team last season, we were a young squad," Burton said. "These guys got great experience last year, and we're only going to get better. Our offseason workouts have been yielding great results, and I expect to carry this progress and experience into the season and the ITA All-American tournament this weekend."
Co-captain Victor Ouvrard returns for his senior season to lead the Pack from the No. 1 position in the singles rotation. Ouvrard currently ranks eighth in career singles victories at Nevada with 47 victories, 18 of which came last year. He was recognized as an All-Mountain West singles player last season.
Quentin Mege, the other co-captain for the squad, is also back for his senior season. Together, Mege and Ouvrard will solidify the top two spots in the rotation. In addition, the Pack has a wealth of depth and experience to anchor the the middle and back of the singles rotation, including juniors Fernando Sunago and Moez Echargui. Included in that rotation will be sophomores Andrew Poustie and Ryan Andrada, as well as freshman Robert Allan. Last season, Allan rocketed off to a 9-0 start to his collegiate career. Sunago and Poustie were named to the All-Mountain West doubles team.
For the ITA All-American tournament, Ouvrard was selected to participate in the qualifying singles matches to qualify for the men's tournament. This draw is usually given to the top 100 singles players in the official ITA rankings.
Four more Nevada athletes were selected for the pre-qualifying rounds, a draw that is usually extended to the top 150 singles players in the country. Moez Echargui, Fernando Sunago, co-captain Quentin Mege, and Andrew Poustie will all join Ouvrard on the trip to Tulsa.
"I'm so proud of this group of guys for earning this honor," head coach Erik Burton said. "These guys work hard, and this is an honor for them to represent Nevada."
The pre-qualifying matches will begin on Sep. 28 and the main draw begins on Oct. 3.