March 23, 2014
The UNLV men's tennis team won its sixth straight match and evened its conference mark at 1-1 with a 6-1 victory over Air Force Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. With the victory, UNLV improved to 10-7 and 1-1 in the Mountain West while the Falcons fell to 12-5 and 0-2.
UNLV won a close doubles point by taking the rubber match in a tiebreaker. Ace Matias and Denys Pume won 8-3 over seniors Alex Grubbs and Steven Young at the top spot before AFA’s duo of senior Andy Jackson and sophomore Andrew Parks took the No. 2 match by the same score over Willie Sublette and Tamas Batyi. Dimitar Petrov and Jakob Amilon clinched the point at No. 3 by downing junior Grant Taylor and freshman Lucas Fumagalli 8-7 (4).
In singles play, the top three Rebels quickly won straight-setters to clinch the match. Matias downed Young 6-1, 6-4 at the top spot, Pume got by Jackson 7-5, 6-2 at No. 2 and Batyi defeated Grubbs 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 to clinch the match.
Taylor posted AFA’s lone point of the day, taking the No. 5 singles match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Sublette.
Air Force is idle until Friday, April 4 when it travels to Stockton, Calif., to take on the University of the Pacific in the first of three matches in three days in California.
UNLV 6, AIR FORCE 1
March 23, 2014, at Las Vegas, NV
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)
1. Ace Matias / Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Alex Grubbs / Steven Young, 8-3
2. Andy Jackson / Andrew Parks (AF) def. Willie Sublette / Tamas Batyi, 8-3
3. Dimitar Petrov / Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Grant Taylor / Lucas Fumagalli, 8-7(4)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Steven Young, 6-1, 6-4
2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Andy Jackson, 7-5, 6-2
3. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Alex Grubbs, 6-3, 6-1
4. Dimitar Petrov (UNLV) def. Andrew Parks, 6-1, 7-6
5. Grant Taylor (AFA) def. Willie Sublette, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Lucas Fumagalli, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1, 4, 6, 5