RENO, Nev. - A week ago, Victor Ouvrard and Robert Allan thought their season was over. Turns out, the fun part is just beginning. The Wolf Pack doubles partners have earned a bid to play in the NCAA championships, after posting a record of 21-and-4 this season.
"(I'm) really excited," said Ouvrard. "I've never been, and this is my last year. I thought my career was over here at Nevada, so (it's) definitely really exciting."
"It's the goal of every tennis player to make NCAA's, obviously as a team or an individual," added Allan. "As much as we want our team to be there, we'll represent Nevada and the team the best that we can."
Ouvrard is a senior from France. This season, he went 23-and-5 in singles matches and was named the Mountain West Player of the Year.
"I was really proud and happy about it," Ouvrard said. "It wouldn't have happened without my teammates... I share it with Rob (Allan) and my other teammates."
Wolf Pack head coach Erik Burton has been very impressed by Ouvrard: "He's grown, especially from last year to this year has been a phenomenal jump in his attitude and how he's carried himself, and how he thinks about his tennis game."
Allan is just a sophomore from Australia. He and Ouvrard earned all-conference honors for doubles, and the pair is currently ranked number 64 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
"These guys deserve it," said Burton. "You can look back and think about all the times they were struggling and it was close. They had so many matches that they went 8-7, but they're tough emotionally and I am extremely proud of them."
The NCAA tennis championships begin May 21 in Athens, Georgia, on campus at the University of Georgia.