No. 7 Nevada Knocks Off No. 3 San Diego State 4-1 To Advance To 2015 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Match
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Nevada Wolf Pack continued its Cinderella run through the 2015 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship, knocking of No. 38 and third-seeded San Diego State 4-1, advancing to the MW Championship match on Sunday. The 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championships are being hosted by the University of New Mexico at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
Nevada will be attempting to win the first Mountain West title of any kind in its history when it takes the court on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack, which turned back No. 2 Utah State in the quarterfinals on Thursday, picked up the doubles point in a tidy 33 minutes, getting wins at No. 2 with Ryan Andrada and Robert Margitfalvi and No. 3, with Robert Allan and Moez Chargui. From there, Nevada’s top three singles players took over. Andrew Poustie posted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles, followed quickly by a win at No. 2 singles by Andrada 6-4, 6-2. Despite the Aztecs getting on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles by Marko Goles-Babic, it was a race to see who would provide the clincher.
That was turned in by Robert Margitfalvi on court six, winning 6-4, 6-1. The preceded a much anticipate match on court one between the two Mountain West Co-Players of the Year in Nevada’s Chargui and San Diego State’s Freddy Gelbrich. Chargui was leading 6-4, 5-2 when the match ended.
“Gene (Casrwell, San Diego State’s head coach) just puts great players out on the court, so we knew we really had to be on our game and bring it today,” said Nevada head coach Erik Burton. “I really don’t care who we play on Sunday, because whoever it is will be a great team and a great test. We just have to keep our heads down, don’t think about it and play well.”
Nevada, which played a challenging schedule overall but was just 1-6 in Mountain West play, improved to 9-15 overall. San Diego State dropped to 18-8 and now will await the announcement of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship Bracket on Monday to see if the Aztecs will get in as an at-large team.
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 … Margitfalvi has won both of his matches, winning at five-singles on Thursday … Nevada becomes the first No. 7 seed to advance to the title match in the 16-year history of the tournament.