Rebels On A Roll

Feb. 2, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV men's tennis team avenged a 2012 home loss to New Mexico State by downing the Aggies 6-1 Saturday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels improved to 4-0 to start a season for the first time in four years while the Aggies fell to 3-2.

UNLV began the day by winning two of three doubles matches for one team point. Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman got by Luis Ramirez and Marc Westgate, 8-6, at the top position while Johannes Markel and Tamas Batyi combined for an 8-5 win over Naveen Manivannan and Yannick Blank on court two.

In singles play, UNLV picked up points with four straight-set wins and closed it out by taking the only three-setter of the day.

Matias improved to 4-0 in dual matches as a Rebel with a 6-2, 6-1 sweep of Luis Ramirez at No. 1; Gilad Berman got by Germain Degardin, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4; Markel won 7-6, 6-1 over Paul Denele at No. 5; and Carlos Di Laura downed Patrick Pfsiter, 6-3, 6-3, on court six. At the second slot, Batyi rallied past Westgage 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to end things.

"It was good to get another win against another tough team today," UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook said. "Everyone competed hard and we'll look to close out the weekend on a positive note."

Next up, the Rebels host UC Riverside on Sunday beginning with doubles play at 10 a.m. Admission to all UNLV matches is free of charge.

Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb. 2, 2013 at Las Vegas
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-2, 6-1 2. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 3. Daniel Fernandez (NMSU) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) 6-4, 6-3 4. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Germain Degardin (NMSU) 6-4, 6-4 5. Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Paul Denele (NMSU) 7-6, 6-1 6. Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition 1. Bernard Schoeman/Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Luis Ramirez/Marc Westgate (NMSU) 8-6 2. Johannes Markel/Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Naveen Manivannan/Yannick Blank (NMSU) 8-5 3. Daniel Fernandez/Paul Denele (NMSU) def. Gilad Berman/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 8-4