Win Over Ball State Keeps UNLV Perfect At Home

March 7, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - Fresh off earning its first national ranking of the season, the No. 68 UNLV men's tennis team won its sixth consecutive home match by downing Ball State 5-2 Thursday.

Playing at the Fertitta Tennis Complex for the first time since February 3, the Rebels improved to 7-4 overall while the Cardinals dropped to 6-6.

UNLV won the doubles point for the first time in six matches, taking all three courts to carve out a 1-0 lead. Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman downed Ray Leonard and Dalton Albertin 8-1 at the top spot; Tamas Batyi and Johannes Markel got by Patrick Elliott and Cliff Morrison 8-6 at No. 2; and Carlos Di Laura and Charlie Alvarado won 8-4 over Imanol Arconada and Austin Sansone 8-4 on court three.

In singles, Matias rallied to down Leonard, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, at the first position to improve to 14-6 on the season. Batyi defeated Morrison, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2; Gilad Berman swept Albertin 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3; and Markel won his match over Austin Smith on court six, 6-2, 6-3.

"We had good energy in doubles and the guys fought hard in singles against an always-tough opponent," UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook said. "We are looking forward to another tough one tomorrow."

UNLV hosts Air Force on Friday starting with doubles play at 2 p.m., weather permitting. The match will be the first of two vs. the Falcons this season but will not count toward the Mountain West standings.

Men's Tennis Match Results
March 7, 2013 at Las Vegas, NV
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Ray Leonard (BSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 2. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Cliff Morrison (BSU) 6-4, 6-3. 3. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU) 6-2, 6-1 4. Imanol Arconada (BSU) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4 5. Patrick Elliott (BSU) def. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3 6. Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Austin Smith (BSU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition 1. Ace Matias/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Dalton Albertin/Ray Leonard (BSU) 8-1 2. Tamas Batyi/Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Cliff Morrison/Patrick Elliott (BSU) 8-6 3. Charlie Alvarado/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) def. Austin Sansone/Imanol Arconada (BSU) 8-4