No. 7 Nevada Knocks Off No. 2 Utah State In Quarterfinal Round Of 2015 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On the men’s side of the 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championship, it took exactly one match to get an upset. 2014-15 MW Co-Player of the Year Moez Chargui clinched the doubles point and then quelled a late rally by Utah State’s Karan Salwan to clinch No. 7 Nevada’s 4-2 win over No. 2 Utah State in Thursday’s first quarterfinal contest.

Nevada will face the No. 3 San Diego State/No. 6 UNLV match winner in the semifinals at 9 a.m. MT on Saturday. The 2015 MW Tennis Championships are being held at the new McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium, hosted by the University of New Mexico.                                              

Chargui and his doubles partner Robert Allan, a 2014 NCAA qualifier, had to win a 7-5 tiebreaker with the doubles all square at one-all to take the opening point. From there, Nevada posted quick wins by Andrew Poustie 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and Robert Margitfalvi 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles sandwiched around a 6-3, 6-0 Utah State win at No. 6 by Sebastian Schneider.

From there it was in the hands of Chargui and teammate Ryan Andrada, who was working towards a two-set win on Court 2. Chargui dropped his opening set 6-3 before storming back to win 10 of the next 12 games. All square in sets at 1-1, Chargui led 40-0 on serve and up 4-0, but Karan Salwan of USU picked up nine straight points to rally back. However, Chargui took the seventh game to go up 5-2, looked back, winked at his teammates and then promptly closed out the match.

“When you have the co-player of the year going for the clincher for you, it is a good feeling,” said Nevada head coach Erik Burton. “We have to scrap a little, but I put these guys through the ringer, and they were ready.”       

Nevada improved to 8-15 overall, while Utah State ends its season at 18-9.

Notes: Every match of the Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … Utah State is now 0-2 all-time in the Mountain West Tournament, while Nevada is 2-2.