UNLV Men’s Tennis Opens Home Season with Key Tournament
The UNLV Men’s Tennis Team will compete in the 2013 USTA/ITA Mountain Regional on Oct. 16 at the Darling Tennis Center in Summerlin.
UNLV’s men’s tennis team will fight for the chance to qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships in New York City.
“This is one of the biggest tournaments of the fall season,” said head coach Owen Hambrook.
The singles and doubles champions of the Mountain Regional earn the chance to participate in The ITA National Indoor Championships, one of the most important Division-I tennis tournaments of the year held at the Billie Jean King Indoor Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Just 12 regional winners from Division-I compete for the championship.
“The goal for our guys is to get into a position where they can win the tournament and qualify for the next tournament in New York,” said assistant coach Zach Warren. “It’s a great event and all the top college players compete.”
Ace Matias, UNLV’s leader from last season, is fighting for the chance to win in both singles and doubles.
“I want to win the tournament really bad,” Matias said. “The Indoors is a prestigious event.”
Both Matias and teammate Bernard Schoeman lost in the finals last year. This year, Matias has a new partner in Denys Pume, who has enjoyed much success in doubles events.
“I think I might have a better chance at doubles since I got to the finals last year,” Matias said. “But you never know.”
Warren was confident about pairing Matias with Pume.
“As far as doubles go, we have a transfer player named Denys Pume, who was ranked high nationally in doubles last year,” he said. “Pume and Matias are joining forces and they have an excellent chance of winning the regional tournament.’’
The USTA/ITA Mountain Regional is also the first home game of the season for UNLV. The matches start at 9 a.m. at the Darling Tennis Center located at 7901 W. Washington Ave. Draws will be posted on Oct. 15. Entrance for the matches is free and the UNLV Men’s Tennis Team is expecting a great crowd.
“I will do the best that I can to win,” said Gilad Berman, one of UNLV’s top players. “This tournament is very important to me, and I will be really upset if I am not going to get my goal.”
The men’s team finishes up its season Nov 1.
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