Men’s Tennis claims Mountain West outright title

Wolf Pack win first Mountain West regular season title and the first conference title since 1982

The Mens Tennis team celebrating with their Mountain West Champions trophy

Men’s Tennis claims Mountain West outright title

Wolf Pack win first Mountain West regular season title and the first conference title since 1982

The Mens Tennis team celebrating with their Mountain West Champions trophy

Nevada Men's Tennis, having claimed a share of its first Mountain West regular-season title, and first conference title of any kind since 1982, made it an outright crown with Saturday's 4-2 win over San Diego State in front of a raucous crowd at McArthur Tennis Center.

The Pack (17-7, 5-1 MW) also clinched the No. 1 seed at next weekend's Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nevada, as the top seed, earns a bye into Saturday, April 30's semifinal, where it will face the winner of Friday's match between No. 4 and No. 5 seeds (seeds are still TBD as of press time).

Saturday, Nevada outlasted an Aztec squad that was trying to claim a share of the regular-season title for itself, with a win. The doubles point came down to the wire at No. 2, as Nevada's Loris Zisswiller and Satchel Benn fought off a 6-5 deficit to send the match to a tiebreaker, where the tandem broke a 5-5 tie by breaking the Aztecs for match point. The 7-6 (5) victory put the Pack in the 1-0 advantage.

Singles play proved to be just as contentious. Nevada helped its cause by taking the first set in three of the six matches, and Loris Zisswiller claimed a quick 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 6 to put the Pack up 2-0.

San Diego State evened the match at 2-2 with wins at Nos. 3 and 4, before Daniel Dudockin finished off Judson Blair, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to put the Pack on the verge of clinching.

It came down to Nos. 1 and 2, as Nevada's Matheo Coupu (No. 1) and Juan Batalla (No. 2) were trading haymakers with their opponents. While Coupu was back-and-forth in his third set against Joe Tyler, Batalla surged back from down 3-4 in the third set against Johannes Seeman.

Batalla swept two games after a switch of sides, and was in position to serve for the match, and the dual, at 5-4. He was in danger of being broken, down 30-40, before rallying for the final two points, clinching the outright title for the Pack.

Nevada 4, San Diego State 2

Doubles

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles

  • No. 1 - Coupu (NEV) vs. Tyler (SDSU) 7-5, 3-6, 3-3 unf.
  • No. 2 - Batalla (NEV) def. Seeman (SDSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
  • No. 3 - Castro (SDSU) def. N'Tcha (NEV) 6-4, 6-4
  • No. 4 - Mandma (SDSU) def. Benn (NEV) 6-3, 6-3
  • No. 5 - Dudockin (NEV) def. Blair (SDSU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
  • No. 6 - Zisswiller (NEV) def. Auffray (SDSU) 6-4, 6-2
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