Aztec Rally Hands Rebels First Home Loss

March 31, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - After building a 3-0 lead, the 73rd-ranked UNLV men's tennis team saw its eight-match winning streak snapped 4-3 by No. 45 San Diego State in a key Mountain West match at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on Sunday.

The Rebels, who lost for the first time in 13 home matches this season, dropped to 13-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference while the Aztecs improved to 13-6 and took control of the league race at 3-0.

The hosts began the day by taking two of three doubles matches to earn a 1-0 lead. Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman downed Thorsten Bertsch and Hunter Nicholas, 8-5, at the top spot before Gilad Berman and Carlos Di Laura clinched it with an 8-4 win over Derek Siddiqui and Andranik Khachatryan on court two.

In singles play, the Rebels won the first two completed matches to make it 3-0. Matias opened by upsetting 97th-ranked Siddiqui, 6-4, 6-4, at the top of the lineup while Gilad Berman fought off Nicholas, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at the third position.

The Aztecs, however, would take all four of the remaining matches, including three that went a full three sets, to squeak out the win and hand UNLV its first loss at Fertitta since April 10, 2012.

"Certainly a frustrating loss today," UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook said. "I feel like we let it slip away but hats off to San Diego State on the rally."

With their eight-match homestand now complete, the Rebels will prepare to play their first MW road match on Friday at New Mexico.

Men's Tennis Match Results
March 31, 2013, at Las Vegas, NV
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. #97 Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) 6-4, 6-4 2. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) 7-5, 7-5 3. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 4. Marvin Tawasi (SDSU) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 5. Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Johannes Markel (UNLV) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2 6. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. Ace Matias/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Bertsch/Nicholas (SDSU) 8-6 2. Johannes Markel/Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Siddiqui/Khachatryan (SDSU) 8-4 3. Florez/Tawasi (SDSU) def. Gilad Berman/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 8-5 ORDER OF FINISH--Singles: 1,3,6,2,4,5 Doubles: 1,2,3