Feb. 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team dropped its opening match in the UNLV Classic Friday morning with a 5-2 loss to host UNLV.
The Golden Eagles fell to 3-2 while the Rebels improved to 3-0.
UNLV got the early 1-0 lead after winning two of the three doubles' matches. Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) upset 60th-ranked Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin 8-6 at the top of the lineup while Johannes Markel and Tamas Batyi (UNLV) combined for an 8-4 win over Inaki Belloso and Benjamin Feldmann on court two. The Black and Gold claimed a victory on court three as Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar downed Gilad Berman and Carlos Di Laura (UNLV), 8-6.
In the singles action, the Golden Eagles claimed a pair of wins when Goodwin defeated Batyi, 6-4, 4-6, 1-2 retired. Vasco Valverde downed Di Laura at the no. 5 spot, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
Matias battled Frost at No. 1 singles to a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory while Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) defeated Feldmann at No. 3, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Paulo Alvarado lost to Berman (UNLV), 7-6, 6-1 at No. 4 and Escobar dropped his match to Markel at No. 6, 6-3, 7-5.
Southern Miss will continue its play in the UNLV Classic with a match against UC Riverside at 10 a.m. (CT).