After a rain delay, the University of Nevada men’s tennis team opened its dual season Saturday with a 4-3 victory over Northern Arizona at the University of Arizona’s LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
The Wolf Pack (1-0, 0-0 WAC) saw four players victorious in singles. Junior Laurent Garcin topped Chris Arena 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles spot. Junior Alex Daruty defeated Andrew Reiff 7-5, 6-2 in No. 2 singles.
Freshman Wessim Derbel made his collegiate career debut with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Robin Pezzutto in the No. 4 spot and junior Gabe Kanzelmeyer defeated Jaco Visagie 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 5 spot.
Senior Benjamin David, who missed the fall side of the schedule due to injury, opened his season with a 1-6, 3-6 loss to David Flodberg in No. 3 singles. Junior Guerin Smith also came short, falling 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Brelin Powell in No. 6 singles.
In doubles competition, Garcin and Derbel teamed up in the No. 1 spot to defeat Arena and Visagie 9-8. But Bulich and Smith fell 8-9 and David and Kanzelmeyer fell 6-8 in No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
“This was a tough match,” Nevada head coach Chad Stoloff said. “I give credit to NAU. Both teams worked their butts off. But I was really proud of our guys. They worked hard mentally and physically.”
The Wolf Pack will conclude the weekend against No. 50 Arizona Sunday.