April 19, 2012
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada men’s and women’s tennis teams will welcome two opponents each to Reno this weekend, competing in their final regular-season matches in the process.
The Nevada men will begin by taking on Utah State on Friday at noon, and then meet UC Davis on Saturday at noon, with both matches coming at Lakeridge Tennis Club. Saturday will mark the final match for two Nevada players, including one of the most productive in the history of the program, Wessim Derbel. Jordan Rozenfeld will also take part in his final match as a member of the Wolf Pack.
“Our seniors are very excited about their final home matches,” men’s head coach Erik Burton said. “As a team, we are looking to finish strong as we head into the WAC Championships next week.”
The 2012 WAC Tennis Championships will be held from April 26-29 in Las Cruces New Mexico, and will crown both a men’s and women’s champion.
Derbel has won 66 singles matches in his career, which is good for the third on the all-time list at Nevada. Tied for third all-time in a given season with 24 wins this year, the La Marsa, Tunisa native is three wins from the all-time single-season record of 27. That mark is held by his former teammate, Laurent Garcin, who won 27 matches in 2007-08. Derbel is six match wins away from the all-time mark, also held by Garcin (72, 2007-10).
Rozenfeld transferred to Nevada from Collin College in Texas and has competed in matches in each of the last two seasons. He posted a 2-2 record in Spring matches last season, and has won a total of nine times in 2011-12. Six of his wins have come in dual play, including four out of the No. 6 singles position, where he is 4-3 this season.
Nevada is 8-10 (1-3 WAC), while Utah State sits at 5-12 (0-4 WAC) and UC Davis is 5-14 (1-4 Big West).
The Pack split its last two matches, beating Portland State 7-0 and dropping a 4-3 match to New Mexico State. Utah State lost 4-3 to Idaho State in its last tilt. UC Davis beat Hawai’i-Hilo 6-1 in its last contest.
Nevada has played four home matches so far this year and is 2-2.
The Nevada women will also begin their weekend with a match against Utah State, taking on the Aggies on Saturday at noon at Caughlin Club. The Pack will meet Hawai’i at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to close out its home schedule.
“We are looking forward to competing against two WAC teams leading into the tournament,” women’s head coach Guillaume Tonelli said.
The women’s team is made up of four freshman, two sophomores and two juniors and will not have a senior take the court this weekend.
Nevada is 6-9 (0-2 WAC) this season. Utah State is 9-9 (1-2 WAC), while Hawai’i is 11-6 (2-0 WAC).
The Pack took out Gonzaga 5-2 in its last match. Michelle Okhremchuk continued to climb the all-time singles charts at Nevada with a straight-set victory at No. 1. Less than two years into her career, the sophomore from Doneck, Ukraine has won 41 times, good for 10th all-time at Nevada.
Utah State and Hawai’i each won by way of a 7-0 sweep last time out. The Aggie Women blanked Idaho State, while the Rainbow Wahine beat WAC foe San Jose State.