Netters Post Road Rally
April 5, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 64th-ranked UNLV men's tennis team posted one of its biggest road victories in years with a come-from-behind, 4-3, nail-biting upset at No. 59 New Mexico on Friday at the Estes Tennis Center.
The Rebels improved to 14-5 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West while the Lobos fell to 9-11 and 0-2.
UNM started out the day by earning a 1-0 lead by taking two of three doubles matches in a hotly contested session. UNLV's only win came at the second spot where Johannes Markel and Tamas Batyi downed Jadon Phillips and Riaan Du Toit, 8-6.
The hosts eventually built a 3-1 lead after taking two of the first three completed singles matches. UNLV got wins from Ace Matias at the top spot, 6-2, 6-3, over Samir Lftikhar while Bernard Schoeman downed Mads Hegelund, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4. Gilad Berman tied it by rallying past Phillips 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 2 and then Markel clinched it with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, victory on court six over Riaan DuToit.
"Today was a battle from start to finish," UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook said. "At one point things didn't look good for the Rebels but I am proud of the way we fought from behind against a good team."
The Rebels next head up to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force on Sunday.
Men's Tennis Match Results #64 UNLV 4, #59 NEW MEXICO 3 April 5, 2013, at Albuquerque, NM (Linda Estes Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Samir Iftikhar (UNM) 6-2, 6-3 2. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Jadon Phillips (UNM) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 3. Connor Berg (UNM) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) 6-4, 6-4 4. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Mads Hegelund (UNM) 6-4, 6-4 5. Mitch McDaniels (UNM) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) 7-5, 6-2 6. Johannes Markel (UNLV) def. Riaan DuToit (UNM) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. Conor Berg/A. Van Der Vyver (UNM) def. Ace Matias/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) 8-6 2. Johannes Markel/Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Jadon Phillips/Riaan Du Toit (UNM) 8-6 3. James Hignett/Mads Hegelund (UNM) def. Gilad Berman/Carlos Di Laura (UNLV) 9-8 (4)
ORDER OF FINISH--Singles: 1,3,5,4,2,6 Doubles: 1,2,3