MW Quarterfinals Marks End of the Road for 'Dogs
April 24, 2014
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team fell to Nevada 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Mountain West Men's Championship on Thursday afternoon at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club.
The Wolf Pack edged the Bulldogs in close double play, winning at the No. 1 and 3 positions to take the early point on the day.
Sai Kartik Nakireddi and Nikolas Papic paired to defeat Quentin Mege and Moez Chargui of Nevada 8-6 on court two. Fresno State's freshmen duo, Eric Komati and John Darmstaedter then dropped their match on the top court in the tiebreaker to MW Player of the Year Victor Ouvrard and partner Robert Allan 8-7 (8-6). Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago of Nevada then clinched the doubles point at No. 3 with an 8-6 win over Sam MacNeil and Alexandros Georgios Vakouftsis.
"We were in the position to win the doubles point, didn't quite get it done, they got good starts on a couple of the courts and got out ahead of us," said Fresno State head coach Evan Austin. "It is always tough when you have the opportunity to get the first point to take the lead and it doesn't go your way. It was an uphill battle all the way for us. Really all the credit goes to them (Nevada), they got ahead and ran with it."
Sunago led the Wolf Pack in singles taking the next point over Vakouftsi (6-3, 6-2) to extend their lead to 2-0 over the 'Dogs.
Darmstaedter then won his point on court five (6-1, 7-5) for the Bulldogs before Nevada closed the match with two consecutive wins on courts two and four to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
The Bulldogs concluded the year wining its last 10 of 13 matches, which included two loses to Nevada.
"It's a disappointing way to finish it because our team really fought well most of the year," added Austin. "I'm excited about the future. It is a good start for us and I think we can take some momentum and confidence out of it, but we have to go back to the drawing board and plan to be sitting in a different position a year from now."
With its best finish under Austin, Fresno State ended its 2014 season with a 13-10 overall recorded, 3-4 in MW play.
Fresno State 1, Nevada 4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2)
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