Men's Tennis Improves To 3-0 With Win Over USM

Feb. 1, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - Playing on a beautiful winter day in front a nice crowd, the UNLV men's tennis team earned a solid 5-2 victory over Southern Miss Friday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels improved to 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 2009 while the Golden Eagles fell to 3-2.

UNLV began the day by winning two of three doubles matches for one team point. Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman upset 60th-ranked Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin 8-6 at the top of the lineup while Johannes Markel and Tamas Batyi combined for an 8-4 win over Inaki Belloso and Benjamin Feldmann on court two.

Moving to singles, Matias, who was playing at the top position for the first time in his collegiate career, swept reigning Conference USA Player of the Week Matt Frost, 7-6, 6-4. Charlie Alvarado went three sets with Benjamin Feldmann at No. 3 and won 7-5, 1-6, 6-2; Gilad Berman downed Paulo Alvarado 7-6, 6-1 at No. 4; and Markel swept past Juan Escobar, 6-3, 7-5 at the sixth spot.

"I'm proud of the guys today for really battling against a very good Southern Miss team," UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook said. "Every court was a tough match but we worked hard and got a good win."

Next up, the Rebels host New Mexico State on Saturday beginning with doubles play at 10 a.m. Admission to all UNLV matches is free of charge.

Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb. 1, 2013 at Las Vegas
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Matt Frost (USM) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 2. Andrew Goodwin (USM) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) 6-4, 4-6, 2-1, retired 3. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) def. Benjamin Feldmann (USM) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 4. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Paulo Alvarado (USM) 7-6 (3), 6-1 5. Vasco Valverde (USM) def. Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 6. Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Juan Escobar (USM) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition 1. Ace Matias/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. #60 Matt Frost/Andrew Goodwin (USM) 8-6 2. Johannes Markel/Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Inaki Belloso/Benjamin Feldmann (USM) 8-4 3. Paulo Alvarado/Juan Escobar (USM) def. Gilad Berman/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 8-6