Oct. 14, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. -- The University of Nevada men's tennis team had a big day Saturday, earning nine wins at the UCSB Invitational.
Day two of competition in Santa Barbara, Calif. began with doubles play, where the Wolf Pack notched two victories, led by Victor Ouvrard and Fernando Sunago. Together they powered past the team of Benjamin Recknagel and Miles Seemann of the University of California, Santa Barbara to move into the finals in Flight B.
Ryan Andrada and Philip Hinojosa earned the second Nevada doubles victory of the day. They moved past the team of Rob Martin and Alan Barrios of Northern Arizona University by a score of 8-5 and into the Flight B consolation finals.
In singles play, Ouvrard moved into the singles Flight A semifinals after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Mbonisi Ndimande of Santa Barbara. There he fell to Axel Boullin of Santa Barbara 6-3, 6-3. Head coach William Burton has been impressed with Ouvrard so far.
"Victor has had a really great season and he will be racing for the title next week at the ITA Mountain Regionals in Vegas," he said.
Freshman Andrew Poustie also earned a place in a semifinals match against Jordan Bridge of Cal Poly. After dropping the first set 5-7, he came back and won the next to sets 7-6, 6-1 to advance. He fell in the semifinals to Gregory Bayane of Pac-12 foe California 6-3, 6-2.
"I'm very impressed with Andrew this weekend," Burton said. "For a freshman, he is really playing tough."
In his consolation singles Flight A match, Sunago cruised past Martin 6-0, 6-2 to move into the semifinals. There he defeated Kyle Miller of UC Davis 6-4, 6-2 to move into the finals.
In singles Flight B action, Andrada overcame Seemann 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to move into the semifinals. There, he retired Recknagel in the third set 3-6, 6-4, 3-0 in an effort to stay fresh.
""I had to retire Ryan to save him for our regional matches starting next Wednesday," Burton said. "It's tough with a great match like that, but injuries are out there if we don't be careful this close to a big competition for Nevada."
Flight C singles consolation action saw Hinojosa earn two victories on the day to advance to the finals. He defeated Trevor Unger of Northern Arizona 6-2, 6-2 before coming from behind to beat Justin Anderson of University of California, San Diego 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals.
"Overall, I am very pleased with our success so far," Burton said. "We are on our way as I like to say, and we continue with the final matches at the UCSB Invitational tomorrow."
Play will resume Sunday morning at 9 A.M. with doubles play.