FERTITTA TENNIS COMPLEX STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES “An excellent place to play or watch tennis is right here at UNLV... A well-run facility, with 12 courts and a great stadium setup.” — Tennis Legend Billie Jean King, USA TODAY, Aug. 26, 2005
here’s no place like home for Rebel tennis players. That’s because UNLV is home to one of the top collegiate tennis facilities in the world, which recently became even better with a $2 million renovation project. Opened in 1993 at an original cost of $1.5 million, the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex was named one of the nation’s top 10 public tennis facilities by USA TODAY Travel Section in 2005. With 12 courts, seating for up to 2, 2,000 fans and a sparkling stadium clu club, the Fertitta Complex has long served ved as the center of tennis for Las Vegas and a standard of excellence for co college tennis programs. Aside from the championship co courts, the complex houses spacious offices for the four UN UNLV coaches, a conference room, equipment area, st stringing station and ticket office. Both Rebel and Lady Re Rebel players can hit the books in the study room, relax in the players lounge complete with big-screen televisio sion, or make use of the modern locker room areas. The school successfully hosted three NCAA Men’s Re Regional Championships (1996-98), served as home to eig eight Men’s ITA Regional tournaments (1997-2004) and wa was the site of the 1998 NCAA Women’s Regional. The 20 2010 MWC men’s and women’s championships will take pla place at Fertitta on April 28 to May 1.
USA TODAY listed Fertitta as one of the nation’s top-10 public tennis stadiums.
FERTITTA TENNIS COMPLEX $2 MILLION RENOVATION INCLUDES ALL-NEW COURTS
The Fertitta Complex has undergone a major upgrade starting with 2006’s demolition and replacement of all 12 courts and their surrounding areas. Freshly installed sidewalks, fences, windscreens, player benches and umpire chairs were all included in the $2 million project. The installation of an all-new, state-of-the-art lighting system in 2007 completed the renovation. “We’re very fortunate to have all-new courts,” says UNLV men’s head coach Owen Hambrook. “A great facility like this makes it a pleasure to come to work every day.” Veteran women’s head coach Kevin Cory says the reviews have been unanimously positive. “Everyone who has seen them has raved. None of this would have been possible without the support of our UNLV administration. The facility has always been great, but with the new court areas, it moved up to another level.”
UNLV players enjoy the comfort of their own complete locker rooms, lounge and meeting areas.
Agassi, Rebels highlight pro tournaments at Fertitta Tennis Complex
Record crowds were on hand for two consecutive years to see hometown heroes compete in a professional tournament on campus. The $50,000 USTA Men’s Challenger debuted at UNLV’s Fertitta Tennis Complex in 1997, marking the return of pro tennis to the City of Lights. Las Vegas native and tennis legend Andre Agassi took the court along with former UNLV great and 1997 NCAA singles and doubles champion Luke Smith as part of the impressive field competing on the Rebels’ home courts. Then, in 1998, Agassi returned and this time faced a team made up of Rebel doubles star Nenad Zivkovic and former Rebel great and 1997 doubles champion Tim Blenkiron. In a stirring match, Agassi and partner/coach Brad Gilbert edged the UNLV duo 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (10-8) in the first round of the main draw.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE STUNNING CLASSROOM SUCCESS
UNLV TENNIS NETS ANOTHER STRONG ACADEMIC YEAR
The UNLV’s men’s and women’s squads again earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-America status, which capped off another recordbreaking year in the classroom by the Rebel netters. The ITA team award is open to any program that has a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above. Head Coach Owen Hambrook’s men’s team earned the honor for the sixth straight year while Head Coach Kevin Cory’s women’s squad has earned the ITA team award seven times in the last eight years. Both programs nearly broke their own records for most Academic All-Mountain West Conference honorees in 2009. The Rebels boasted a leagueleading six members while the Lady Rebels matched their previous high with six, which ranked second in the conference. Two of UNLV’s contingent made their fourth career appearance on the academic list (Elliot Wronski and Wesley Burrows) while another made it three appearances (junior Alisa Razina). To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor. Also earning ITA Scholar-Athlete status were Rebels Burrows, Luca Barlocchi, Mehdi Bouras, and Bryan Miller; and Lady Rebels Kristina Nedeltcheva and Katy Williams. Honorees must be letterwinners with at least 3.5 GPAs. Earning the additional distinction of a MWC Scholar-Athlete were Barlocchi, Bouras, Burrows, and Miller for the men’s team and Razina and Williams for the women’s program. Also, Barlocchi earned a spot on the 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team.
Vallin Earns National Heldman Award Former Lady Rebel great Marianne Vallin stands as her alma mater’s only three-time All-American in tennis. However, she also brought her school its most prestigious academic award in 1997 when she traveled to Dallas to accept the Gladys Heldman Award. The honor is annually awarded to the senior tennis player who best balanced athletics and education. “She is the best example I have come across of what a student-athlete should be,” then-UNLV head coach Ola Malmqvist said. “There is no doubt that she is the best women’s player ever at UNLV, but she also brought a lot of positives to her university as a whole.”
Bouras, Massaro Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The Rebels have seen two players named UNLV Most T Outs Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete in the last half decade. In 2009, freshman Mehdi Bouras (Paris, France) won the award at the annual Scholar-Athlete Honors Lun Luncheon after posting a 3.93 grade point average wh majoring in management. ent. while S ro, Senior Romain Massaro, als of Paris, was named the he also 20 m2006 honoree after becomin a four-time Academicc ing O MASSAR A lAll-MWC and ITA Schola e ar-Athlete honoree while h holding a 3.87 grade pointt aver average in communications. The award goes annua annualy to the male studentathlete with the highest cumulative GPA that has completed at least one academic year at UNLV. BOUR AS
Ever since its first classroom opened in 1957, UNLV has been on the rise in the world of higher education. From ddusty lots with only a few buildings to a lush, ever-expanding setting, the campus has continued to respond to the ddemands stemming from an increasing enrollment. Formerly named as one of 34 National Flagship Universities in the 1101 of the Best Values in American Colleges and Universities, UNLV is rapidly gaining attention across the country for itits academic success. Schools on the list, which included institutions such as UCLA, Duke, Michigan, Penn State and N Notre Dame, were chosen for having the great resources, tremendous energy and attractive costs needed to excel in hhigher education well into the 21st century. The University boasts nationally competitive business programs and a school oof hotel administration that attracts students from around the globe. With more than 246 degree programs in 15 schools aand colleges, including the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV offers the student-athlete an array of educational oopportunities. UNLV maintains an academic support system for its student-athletes that is designed to ensure success oon and off the fields of play. Academic advisors work with the 17 men’s and women’s sports ensuring student-athletes re receive personalized care regarding their progress in education. Advisors work with their sport-specific student-athletes in scheduling, tutoring, degree progress and NCAA eligibility. Providing even greater challenges, students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average can apply for entrance into UNLV’s honors program.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE REBEL TENNIS ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES 2009 — 2008 — 2007 — 2006 — 2005 — 2004 — 2003 — 2002 — 2001 — 2000 — 1999 — 1998 — 1997 — 1996 — 1995 — 1994 — 2009 — 2008 — 2007 — 2006 — 2005 — 2004 — 2003 — 2002 — 2001 — 2000 — 1999 — 1998 — 1997 — 1996 — 1995 — 1994 —
UNLV TENNIS CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
Luca Barlocchi, Mehdi Bouras, Wesley Burrows, Matthew Kunkel, Byran Miller, Elliot Wronski (MWC) Luca Barlocchi, Wesley Burrows, David Campbell, Andrew Giuffrida, Matthew Kunkel, Byran Miller, Elliot Wronski (MWC) Luca Barlocchi, Wesley Burrows, David Campbell, Jonathan Hooper, Elliot Wronski (MWC) Wesley Burrows, David Campbell, Jonathan Hooper, Brett Hunter, Romain Massaro, Elliot Wronski (MWC) Milos Blagojevic, David Campbell, Jonathan Hooper, Romain Massaro, Henner Nehles, Aviram Salomon (MWC) Marko Blagojevic, Romain Massaro, Henner Nehles, Aviram Salomon (MWC) Milos Blagojevic, Romain Massaro, Henner Nehles, Aviram Salomon (MWC) Leslie Eisinga, Aviram Salomon, Thomas Schneiter (MWC) Danny Erez, Leslie Eisinga, Thomas Schneiter, Gregor Skorin (MWC) Danny Erez, Robbie Parlade (MWC) Asaf Tishler, Danny Erez, Adam Thurgood Eric Pelton (freshman team) (WAC) Asaf Tishler, Brandon Fallon (freshman team) (WAC) Asaf Tishler (WAC) Roger Pettersson (Big West) Roger Pettersson (Big West) Charles Olinger (Big West)
LUCA BARLOCCHI 2009 ROMAIN MASSARO 2006
SUSIE KOCSIS 1999
Adrienn Hidvegi, Anna Maskaljun, Kristina Nedeltcheva, Alisa Razina, Rumyana Terzieva, Katy Williams (MWC) Elena Gantcheva, Sharon Marin, Anna Maskaljun, Kristina Nedeltcheva, Alisa Razina, Katy Williams (MWC) Elena Gantcheva, Alisa Razina, Claire Smith (MWC) Mery Constanti, Elena Gantcheva, Sharon Marin, Claire Smith, Cindy Treber (MWC) Sharon Marin, Claire Smith, Cindy Treber, Gyorgyi Zsiros (MWC) Agnieszka Abram, Mery Constanti, Claire Smith, Cindy Treber, Gyorgyi Zsiros (MWC) Agnieszka Abram, Tracie Chong, Amy Hadziosmanovic, Paulina Janus, Cindy Treber (MWC) Agnieszka Abram, Marianne Bakken, Tracie Chong, Paulina Janus, Gyorgyi Zsiros (MWC) Agnieszka Abram, Marianne Bakken, Britta Gabl, Amy Hadziosmanovic (MWC) Marianne Bakken, Britta Gabl, Veronica Goude, Katarina Malec (MWC) Veronica Goude, Susie Kocsis, Katarina Malec, Marianne Bakken (freshman team) (WAC) Veronica Goude, Susie Kocsis, Marie Linusson (WAC) Marie Linusson, Marianne Vallin (WAC) Jeannette Fylpaa, Ljilijana Kordic, Marianne Vallin (Big West) Jeannette Fylpaa, Ljilijana Kordic, Shiera Stuart, Marianne Vallin (Big West) Suzi Agassi, Jeannette Fylpaa,
TRACIE CHONG 2003
ASAF TISHLER 1999
ELENA GANTCHEVA 2008 ROGER PETTERSSON 1996
KATARINA MALEC 2000
Be A Rebel .............................................................................................1 Fertitta Tennis Complex ...................................................................... 2-3 Academics .......................................................................................... 4-5 Table of Contents....................................................................................6 Media Information/Quick Facts ...............................................................7 Women’s Head Coach Kevin Cory .........................................................8 Men’s Head Coach Owen Hambrook .....................................................9 Support Staff.........................................................................................10 UNLV Tennis Hall of Famers.................................................................11 Women’s Roster and Pronunciation Guide...........................................12 Women’s Season Outlook ....................................................................13 Lady Rebel Player Profiles ............................................................. 14-17 Men’s Roster and Pronunciation Guide ................................................18 Men’s Season Outlook .........................................................................19 Rebel Player Profiles ...................................................................... 20-23 Frank & Vicki Fertitta/Rebel Athletic Fund ............................................24
The Record Book
Women’s Season In Review .................................................................26 2008-09 Season Statistics ....................................................................27 Lady Rebel Records .............................................................................28 Lady Rebel All-Americans ....................................................................29 Lady Rebel Honors ...............................................................................30 Women’s All-Time Roster .....................................................................31 Lady Rebels at the NCAA Championships ...........................................32 The Mountain West Conference ...........................................................33 Men’s Season In Review ......................................................................34 2008-09 Season Statistics ....................................................................35 Rebel Records ......................................................................................36 Grand Slam Titles .................................................................................37 Rebel All-Americans ....................................................................... 38-39 Rebel Honors........................................................................................40 Men’s All-Time Roster...........................................................................41 Rebels at the NCAA Championships ....................................................42
Campus & Administration ............................................................... 44-47 UNLV Athletic Facilities & Rebel Information .................................. 48-52 Welcome to Las Vegas ............................................... Inside Back Cover
ON THE COVER UNLV Tennis has certainly been making
a racquet during the first decade of the Mountain West Conference, combining for a total of six league championships. In 2010, star players Kristina Nedeltcheva (top right) and Mehdi Bouras (top left) will be atop the lineups of their respective squads. Nedeltcheva is joined by fellow-senior Alisa Razina while Luca Barlocchi (left) and Matthew Kunkel willl make up the Rebel senior class this spring.. Cover photography by Aaron Mayes/UNLV V Photo Services. Graphic design by Paul ul Palmer of UNLV.
CREDITS The 2010 UNLV Men’s & Women’s Tennis nis Guide was designed, written, typeset and edited by Mark Wallington of UNLV Media Relations. Assistance provided by Bryan Haines and Andy Grossman of UNLV Media Relations. Principal photography by UNLV Photo Services. MWC action photography courtesy Rick Clarkson and Associates. Select NCAA Championship photography by Cynthia Lum. Additional photography by Steve Spatafore, Brian Albertson, Bryan Haines & Mark Wallington. Graphics work by Paul Palmer of UNLV Sports Marketing. Printing by MultiAd (Peoria, IL).
Rebs on the Web! Information, up-to-date statistics and results for UNLV Tennis are available 24 hours a day on the World Wide Web. Simply go to the address unlvrebels.com and click on the sport’s link to reach the separate men’s and women’s sites. Rosters, records, player biographies, match reviews and any releases concerning all 17 UNLV varsity teams are fully archived. Information on all Mountain West Conference tennis can be found at www.TheMWC.com.
MEDIA INFORMATION Interviews All interviews with student-athletes or coaches
of the UNLV men’s and women’s tennis teams must be arranged through Mark Wallington, Media Relations Contact. Requests should be made at least one day in advance.
Credentials All UNLV home matches are free and open
to the public. No credentials are needed but photographers and videographers are requested to follow court access guidelines. Contact Mark Wallington at the UNLV Media Relatinos Office for information. Please note: credentials will be issued for the NCAA men’s or women’s regional -- if awarded to Las Vegas. Contact Wallington to make any arrangements.
Services The UNLV Media Relations Office will furnish
a weekly statistics release during the season. Following home events, post-match results for all working media will be provided as well as e-mailed to visiting schools’ media upon request. Telephone and fax service is available for information transmission at the Fertitta Tennis Complex if needed post-match. A fully functional press room is made available during any NCAA postseason play.
Facilities The Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex is
located on Harmon Avenue between the Eller Media Softball Stadium and the McDermott P.E. building on the UNLV campus. Ample parking is available. From McCarran International Airport, simply follow Swenson Street past Tropicana Avenue and turn right onto Harmon Avenue. The facility will be on your left.
UNLV MEDIA RELATIONS
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20110 UN NLV V TEN NNIIS QU UIC CK FACT TS Location: Las Vegas, NV 89154 Founded: 1957 Enrollment: 28,000 Nickname: Rebels Colors: Scarlet and Gray Home Court: Fertitta Tennis Complex Capacity: 2,000 Conference: Mountain West President: Neal Smatresk Faculty Rep.: Brackley Frayer Athletics Dir.: Jim Livengood Sr. Woman Admin: Lisa A. Kelleher Women’s Head Coach: Kevin Cory (11th YR.) Cory’s Alma Mater: Oregon, 1990 Record at UNLV/Pct./Career: 162-79 (10 years)/.672/Same Women’s Assistant Coach: Mark Roberts (2nd YR., New Mexico State, ‘04) Women’s Tennis Office Phone: (702) 895-3009 Best Time To Call: Weekday mornings Women’s 2009 Overall Record: 20-8 NCAA Finish: First Round Regional Final ITA Ranking: 43rd 2009 Conference Record/Finish: Regular Season 8-0/1st MWC Tournament 2-1/2nd Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/2 Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2
Men’s Head Coach: Owen Hambrook (7th YR.) Hambrook’s Alma Mater: NW Missouri State, 1991 Record at UNLV/Pct./Career: 78-62 (6 years)/.557/Same Men’s Assistant Coach: Milos Blagojevic (1ST YR., UNLV, ‘06) Men’s Tennis Office Phone: (702) 895-4489 Best Time To Call: Weekday mornings Men’s 2009 Overall Record: 14-12 NCAA Finish: N/A Final ITA Ranking: 73rd 2009 Conference Record/Finish: Regular Season 2-4/6th MWC Tournament 1-1/T3rd Lettermen Returning/Lost: 4/4 Starters Returning/Lost: 3/3 Tennis Media Relations Contact: Mark Wallington (17th YR.) Office Phone & Cell Phone (702) 895-4472 & 528-6291 E-mail: email@example.com UNLV Website Address: www.unlvrebels.com
TENNIS STAFF Kevin Cory
UNLV WOMEN’S HEAD COACH CAREER RECORD
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2002 ITA West Region Coach of the Year 2002 MWC Coach of the Year 2000 MWC Coach of the Year 1998 ITA National Asst. Coach of the Year
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT. MWC FINISH MWC TOUR. 2009 UNLV 20-8 .714 8-0 1st 2-1/2nd 2008 UNLV 17-9 .654 6-2 T2nd 3-0/1st 2007 UNLV 19-8 .704 6-2 T3rd 2-1/2nd 2006 UNLV 14-7 .667 6-2 T2nd 1-1/T3rd 2005 UNLV 14-9 .609 5-2 3rd 2-1/2nd 2004 UNLV 16-7 .696 5-2 3rd 1-1/3rd 2003 UNLV 16-6 .727 6-1 1st 1-1/3rd 2002*# UNLV 20-4 .833 6-1 2nd 3-0/1st 2001 UNLV 11-12 .478 5-2 3rd 2-1/5th 2000* UNLV 15-9 .625 NA NA 3-0/1st CAREER 10 years 162-79 .672 53-14 NA 20-7 *MWC Coach of the Year #ITA Regional Coach of the Year
evin Cory enters his second decade at UNLV in 2010 as the winningest coach in both Lady Rebel and Mountain West Conference women’s tennis history. A veteran of the elite tennis world of the Southeastern Conference, Cory was named to lead the UNLV women’s program on Aug. 17, 1999. In the ensuing 10 seasons, Cory has firmly entrenched his team in the national rankings and himself as one of the top coaches in all the West, leading the Lady Rebels to an impressive 53-14 league mark that represents more wins than anyone else in the MWC. That record does not even include a sparkling 20-7 record in the conference’s annual postseason tournament, an event UNLV has either won or finished as runner-up six out of 10 times. His strong leadership of Lady Rebel Tennis is evident on an annual basis. The facts: In 2009 his squad turned in the school’s first undefeated league mark at 8-0 to notch its fifth Mountain West championship (three tournament crowns and two regular-season titles) as well as earning a bid to the NCAA championships for the third consecutive season after reaching the 20-win total for only the second time since 1992. In 2008 his team rose to as high as 33rd nationally, won the Mountain West Conference championship, played in the NCAA team championships for the fifth time during his tenure and boasted the first-ever three-time MWC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in the form of Elena Gantcheva. In 2007, UNLV played in its fourth MWC title match in the event’s first eight years, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championships and sent a doubles team to the second round of the national championship tourney. The 2006 team moved as high as 37th and boasted a singles All-American and conference MVP while seeing two players end the season ranked for only the second time in school history. The 2005 edition earned a spot in the nation’s top 30 as a team and the top 25 for a singles player, and secured a return to the NCAA Championships. One year
urned a singles player to the ITA earlier, UNLV produced an 11-2 home record and returned Rankings. In 2003, the Lady Rebels broke the school record for highest preseason ranking (17th), won their first-ever regular-season conference title, stayed in the nation’s top 25 for a bulk of the season and went to the NCAA tourney. In 2002, Cory led his team to new heights with the school’s first top-20 final national ranking, a second MWC title and a program-record .833 single-season winning percentage after a 20-4 campaign that ended in the NCAA tournament. Sandwiched between his three league titles was the rebuilding year of 2001 when UNLV still produced a third-place regular-season finish, a MWC Freshman of the Year and another singles representative at the NCAA Championships. In 2000, the rookie head coach simply led his squad to the school’s first-ever league championship, helped guide the greatest individual postseason in UNLV history and was named MWC Coach of the Year. All of college tennis took notice when a pair of Lady Rebels, Coach Cory and Katarina Malec and Marianne son Spencer Bakken earned spots into the 2000 NCAA Championships and surged deeper into the tournament than any women in school history, including Malec’s appearance in the national semifinals. “We have a lot to be proud of here” Cory says. “I think that the sky is the limit for our tennis program. We will settle for nothing less than competing for the conference championship every year and being a factor in the NCAA tournament.” Moving from one Lady Rebel program to another, Cory came to Las Vegas from the University of Mississippi where he had served as assistant coach since 1996. The 1998 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Cory helped the Lady Rebels from UM earn a place among the national powers of college tennis, including the school’s most successful season in history. In 1999, Ole Miss set a school record for most victories (24-5), posted a best-ever final ranking (sixth), won its first SEC tournament title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Cory moved to Ole Miss after three years as director of tennis for the Umpqua Valley Tennis Club in Roseburg, Ore. He began his career at Courthouse Athletic Club in Salem, Ore., after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. The four-year letterman for the Ducks played No. 1 singles and doubles as a senior and was a 1990 first team All-Pac-10 selection while finishing in the top 10 in career victories at the school. A native of California, he is a 1985 graduate of Los Altos High School. A resident of Henderson, Cory has a son, Spencer (6).
TENNIS STAFF Owen Hambrook UNLV MEN’S HEAD COACH CAREER RECORD YEAR SCHOOL RECORD 2009 UNLV 14-12 2008 UNLV 10-12 2007# UNLV 13-14 2006 UNLV 13-9 2005 UNLV 16-8 2004 UNLV 12-7 CAREER 6 years 78-62 #ITA Regional Coach of the Year • •
PCT. .538 .455 .481 .591 .667 .632 .557
MWC 2-4 3-3 3-3 2-4 2-3 3-1 15-18
FINISH MWC TOUR. 6th 1-1/T3rd T3rd 0-1/T5th T3rd 3-0/1st 4th 0-1/T5th 3rd 1-1/3rd 2nd 0-1/3rd NA 5-5
2007 ITA Mountain Region Head Coach of the Year 2002 ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year
he man who brought UNLV men’s tennis program its first-ever Mountain West Conference championship -- Owen Hambrook -- is back for his seventh season, which is the third-longest tenure in Rebel history. The 2007 ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year stands second all-time in winning percentage at the school with a .557 clip after becoming the first coach in program history to finish at least four wins over .500 in each of his first three seasons. Also, last year’s 14 victories made Hambrook only the second UNLV coach to reach double figures in victories in his first six years at the helm. The 2009 team finished with more dual wins (14) than all but one Rebel squad since 1997 and reached the semifinals of the MWC tournament for the third time under Hambrook. In 2007, the Rebels’ team title was not only the first league crown since the school was part of the Big West Conference in 1996, but it also took a program with a proud history back to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in nearly a decade. That season was also highlighted by Elliot Wronski earning a spot in the NCAA singles event and the squad turning in the highest combined GPA of any Rebel sport. Named the sixth head coach in Rebel history but the first new leader since 1992, Hambrook moved over to the men’s side in 2003 after serving as the top assistant for Kevin Cory and the UNLV women’s team. After leading the men’s team to a 10-win improvement in his first season overseeing the program as an interim coach, Hambrook was rewarded for his efforts by getting the job permanently, the athletic department announced on June 4, 2004. That decision paid off immediately for the school as the 2005 Rebels posted the most victories (16) since 1997, finished 10-1 at home, downed a top-10 team for the first time in school history and returned to the ITA top 40 for the first time since 2001. The list of accomplishments also included the school’s first Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year in NCAA singles qualifier Henner Nehles.
The 2006 squad won 13 times and continued to successfully defend its home courts with a 9-1 mark at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. In fact, the UNLV men boast a shiny 46-13 home record under Hambrook. All of this success was not the norm at the beginning of the decade as Hambrook took over a squad that had set a school record for futility in 2003 with a 2-14 record. However, he quickly pushed the team back into the national rankings for the first time in two years and UNLV’s 12-7 overall mark in 2004 included a secondplace regular-season finish in the MWC and the best home record (9-2) since 1997. The season also produced a qualifier for the NCAA Singles Championship. Prior to taking over the men’s squad, Hambrook spent four years as an assistant with Lady Rebel tennis, including serving on the staff of the 2003 MWC regular-season champions, and the 2000 and 2002 league tournament champion women’s teams. In 2002, Hambrook was recognized for his work when he was named ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, only the second such honor in school history. Hambrook joined UNLV after having served as director of the state’s largest junior program — the Junior Tennis Academy at the Sports Club of Las Vegas from 1996-2000. Previously, the certified tennis professional worked as the tennis pro at the MGM Grand Hotel for two years. Before moving to the Silver State, he served as pro at the Barrybrooke Tennis Club in Kansas City, Mo., and then was director of the Heartland Tennis Camp at Missouri Western State College from 1993-95. Active in the USTA, he has been head coach for the Southern Nevada USTA Training Center and was honored as a USTA High Performance Coach in both 1998 and 2000. A 1991 graduate of Northwest Missouri State, Hambrook was a three-year member of the Bearcats’ tennis team. He and his wife Julie, have a son, Jack (9) and a daughter, Hannah (7).
The Hambrooks: Owen and Julie with daughter Hannah and son Jack.
TENNIS STAFF MILOS BLAGOJEVIC M
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH M
F Former Rebel player Milos Blagojevic is in his first season as UNLV’s men’s tennis assistant coach. “Milos is a former Rebel who we are very excited about joining us in 2010,” said head coach Owen Hambrook. “He is a very organized and upbeat guy who adds w a lot of energy to our program.” The native of Nis, Serbia, graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas in 2002 and spent three years as a member of the Rebels from 2003-05. The younger brother of another former UNLV tennis letterman, Marko Blagojevic, ye M Milos was a two-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree and three times earned the designation of being an ITA Scholar-Athlete. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNLV’s world-famous William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration in S 22006. After a stint working at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Blagojevic has returned to campus to pursue his MBA.
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH
Former collegiate and professional player Mark Roberts was named assistant coach for the UNLV women’s tennis team in time for the 2008-09 season. “We are thrilled to have somebody of Mark’s caliber working with our program,” said head coach Kevin Cory. “He brings a tremendous amount of court experience from day one. He will no doubt help us to continue to compete for conference championships and postseason appearances.” Roberts joined the Lady Rebels after serving as a teaching pro since 2006 at the Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program in Pittsburgh, Penn. He also was a pro at clubs in Deerfield and Lake Forest, Ill., from 2004-06. Previous to that, Roberts was a graduate assistant coach at New Mexico State under longtime head man Don Ball. A 2004 graduate of NMSU, Roberts was team captain while playing in the No. 1 spot in singles and doubles for the Aggies during his senior campaign. He transferred to Las Cruces after having played his first three seasons at Boise State where he rose to as high as 74th in singles and 23rd in doubles in the national rankings. An NCAA Doubles Championship participant in 2003, Roberts also tied the school record for singles victories in a season as a sophomore with 31. A native of Durban, South Africa, Roberts previously competed on the ATP Tour and earned world rankings as high as 974 in singles and 1272 in doubles in 2001. He married his wife Jessica in 2005 and couple lives in Henderson.
ASSOCIATE AD/SENIOR WOMAN ADMINISTRATOR
Lisa Kelleher is in her 18th season as UNLV’s Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. In her position, Kelleher provides administrative oversight to the day-to-day operations of nine of the school’s 17 varsity sports, including both the men’s and women’s tennis programs, as well as various events related to the 10 women’s programs. In addition, Kelleher oversees gender equity and diversity issue, and is a member of the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame Committee. Kelleher also serves the Mountain West Conference on the Joint Council as liaison to men’s golf and as host to the 2010 MWC Tennis Championships. A 1979 graduate of Miami (Ohio) University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, she earned her master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1980. A doctoral candidate in the UNLV Higher Education Leadership program, she intends to defend her dissertation and graduate this year. Kelleher and her husband, Peter, have four daughters: Molly (29), Bridget (24), Megan (15) and Tara (13). Molly is married to Jeremy Dutton.
ALAN HOTT Academic Advisor
JASON KABO Strength & Conditioning
CHRIS CORNELL Athletic Trainer
ROCKY RUTLEDGE Equipment
MATT GAPULTOS Student Manager
2010 LADY REBEL ROSTER
FRONT ROW (SEATED LEFT TO RIGHT): Ella Bourchier, Bourchier Jana Albers, Albers Anna Maskaljun, Maskaljun Kristina Nedeltcheva, Nedeltcheva Nives Pavlovic, Pavlovic Alisa Razina, Adrienn Hidvegi and Athletic Trainer Chris Cornell. BACK ROW (L-R): Head Coach Kevin Cory, Rumyana Terzieva and Asssistant Coach Mark Roberts.
NAME Jana Albers Ella Bourchier Adrienn Hidvegi Anna Maskaljun Kristina Nedeltcheva Nives Pavlovic Alisa Razina Rumyana Terzieva
HT 5-8 5-6 5-7 5-9 5-7 5-6 5-6 5-9
CL-EX JR-TR FR-HS JR-2L JR-2L SR-3L FR-HS SR-3L SO-1L
HEAD COACH: Kevin Cory (11th year/Oregon, 1990) ASSISTANT COACH: Mark Roberts (2nd year/NMSU, 2004)
PLYS RH RH RH RH RH RH RH RH
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) Papenburg, Germany (Nebraska) Tasmania, Australia (The Friends School) Budapest, Hungary (Altisz Foundition Secondary) Tallinn, Estonia (VK Privet School) Sofia, Bulgaria (Stoychev Sports School) Belgrade, Serbia (Milutin Milankovic HS) Riga, Latvia (Riga Tech Gymnasium) Sofia, Bulgaria (Stoychev Sports School)
Jana Albers .............................................................................YAH-nah Ella Bourchier .................................................................... bor-SHE-ay Adrienn Hidvegi ......................................... AH-dree-in hid-VAGUE-ee Anna Maskaljun ............................................................. mas-skull-june Kristina Nedeltcheva.................................................neh-DELT-chiv-ah Nives Pavlovic .................................................. NEE-ves PAV-low-vich Alisa Razina..................................................ah-LEESE-ah rah-ZIN-ah
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2010 SEASON OUTLOOK DEEPEST TEAM IN UNLV HISTORY LOOKS LOADED Now heading into his second decade coaching women’s tennis at UNLV, Kevin Cory can say with a high degree of confidence that this season’s edition of the Lady Rebels will boast the most depth in program history. Losing only two seniors from a team that went undefeated in Mountain West Conference play while at the same time adding a proven transfer and top-flight recruiting class will make it hard for anyone to disagree with such an assessment. Add those positives to the fact that top player Kristina Nedeltcheva is back to make another case for league MVP honors, and a fourth consecutive trip by the team to the NCAA tournament is in the Lady Rebels’ sites for 2010. “We had another great run last year,” says Cory. “Going undefeated in conference play for the first time in history was a great achievement. This fall, we kind of picked up where we left off, which was great to see. We had good results in our fall tournament and an amazing regional. We had five girls in the round of 16 and as a result, we head into the spring with five players ranked in the top 20 in our region.” Another plus is that the entire talented roster was here playing together in the fall and picking up tournament experience. “Our recruiting class was outstanding and having a match-tested transfer come in was a huge boost,” he says. “We have eight very capable girls in singles and four legitimate doubles teams, which will be really important heading toward conference play. Depth is so big in this league.”
For the sixth consecutive season, a Bulgarian star will be atop the UNLV lineup in both singles and doubles. After four record-breaking years of Elena Gantcheva, it is fellow Sofia native Nedeltcheva (24-8 in singles in 200809) who has used the position to become a dominant figure in the conference. In her first year in the job of No. 1 player, she merely went 7-1 against MWC opponents as part of a spiffy 19-6 roll in dual matches. Her final fall season included an 11-3 singles record and two trips to tournament championship matches. As a result she enters 2010 with a career-high ranking of 50 nationally and second regionally. “Kristina stepping into the No. 1 position showed what type of player and leader she is for this team,” Cory says. “She leads by example both in practice and in competition and is also an outstanding student. I always knew she was good but she really stepped up as a junior. Moving into the top 50 after the fall shows that she is still improving and I think her final semester will be her best. Our goal is for her to lead the team back to the NCAAs and for her to go to the individual tournament as well.”
Two newcomers will vie for the No. 2 spot in the lineup and Cory is excited about the potential of top recruit Nives Pavlovic. “We knew from the start that Nives was going to be one of the top players in our program. We expect big things from her playing in the top half of our lineup as a freshman because she has the type of game that can blow people off the court.” More experienced and no less impressive is University of Nebraska transfer Jana Albers, who was so effective in the fall that she shot from unranked all the way to No. 44 in the nation in January, marking the first time in school history that two Lady Rebels reside in the top 50 at the same time. “Jana has been a great addition to our program,” says Cory. “She is an outstanding player who gets along really well with her teammates and coaches. She had as good a fall season as we could have asked. She has an all-court game. She’s tall, she’s quick and makes her opponent work.” A pair of veteran juniors are next in line as Adrienn Hi Hidvegi (25-7) brings back her 69-percent career winning pe percentage, which ranks eighth all-time at the school. The Hu Hungarian was stunningly consistent at the 4-5 spots a ye ago and showed it was no fluke with another fine fall year se session. “Adrienn has really stepped up this year to become one of the leaders on the team and it’s great to see her hard work pa off on the tennis court. She had an amazing sophomore pay ye We ended up expecting her to win every time she took year. th court. She will do whatever it takes for the team. She’s the ex exactly the kind of player we want in this program.” Anna Maskaljun (18-14) fought through some injuries as a sophomore but still comes back ranking 12th in UNLV history with a winning percentage of 65.2. “Anna had another very good year and was a big part of us winning the regular-season championship. Making the Round of 16 in singles and quarters in doubles at the fall regional were nice signs of good things to come. We know how good she can be -- sometimes we need to convince her of that as well.” Looking to keep her spot as the No. 6 starter in singles, sophomore Rumyana Terzieva (15-11) turned in a crisp 6-1 fall record. That’s the same stunning mark she posted vs. Mountain West opponents as a rookie in 2009. “Rumy had a very good freshman year. She was put into the lineup right away and won a lot of matches for us. She has an all-court game, a big serve, big forehand and really good hands at the net. We are excited about what she’ll do for our program.” The team’s other freshman, Ella Bourchier, got her feet wet in the fall and figures to get a lot of spot singles duty. “Ella is one-half of our freshman recruiting class. She had a solid fall and showed a lot of potential against some strong competition at the regionals. We expect her to continue to improve every day because she is such a hard worker.”
Joining Nedeltcheva as a senior leader on this year’s tea team is Alisa Razina (5-1) who boasts a career singles record of 23-13 and is a big reason that depth will not be in short su supply come conference season. “It’s amazing that Alisa is going into her final semester as a Rebel. R She has been a true team player her entire career. Sh She does whatever we ask of her to contribute to the team’s su success. We will surely miss her after her senior year.” The doubles lineup should serve as another testament to how deep the Lady Rebels are as two of the best ever are ba back in the lineup. Nedeltcheva will now play with Albers, who helped form on one of the top doubles tandems in Nebraska history before rel relocating to the desert in the offseason. UNLV’s new top duo served notice by making it to the semifinals of the ITA regional in October. Already penciled in all over the UNLV record book, Nedeltcheva is on target to become her school’s all-time leader in doubles wins by the time the calendar hits February. “Kristina would have to be considered one of the, if not the best, doubles players in the history of the program and the conference. Jana is a proven winner so we’re excited about our No. 1 team.” Razina, a doubles standout for three seasons and counting, comes into her final semester fourth in UNLV history with a winning percentage of 68.7. Maskaljun returns as her partner to form the No. 2 team in the lineup as the pair went 22-11 together in ’09. Hidvegi and Pavlovic are slated to play together while Terzieva and Bourchier can also fill in at the third position.
An impressive total of nine non-conference teams that were ranked at the end of last season appear on the 2010 schedule. The defending MWC regular-season champion Lady Rebels will open league play with a match vs. San Diego State on March 24. Marking its only action outside of the Pacific Time Zone, UNLV next heads to the Beehive state to play Utah on March 31 and BYU on April 2. The squad will host New Mexico on April 9 and TCU on Senior Day April 10. The regular season will then close with a trip to San Diego to play Colorado State, Wyoming and Air Force. For the first time since hosting - and winning - the inaugural MWC Championship a decade ago, UNLV will be the site of the league’s showcase from April 28-May 1. The NCAA regionals are scheduled for May 14-16 and the round of 16 and individual national tournaments will take place in Athens, Ga., from May 20-31. “Once again we’ve set ourselves up to face an excellent national schedule,” says Cory. “It’s also a tremendous advantage anytime you can play the league tourney on your home courts. The last time we did it was my first season and we walked away with the championship trophy so we’re really looking forward to it.”
PLAYER PROFILES KRISTINA NEDELTCHEVA SR-3L • RH • 5-7 SOFIA, BULGARIA
*2008, 2007 NCAA Doubles Participant* *2009, 2008, 2007 All-MWC Singles* *2009, 2008, 2007 All-MWC Doubles*
Nedeltcheva’s Collegiate Record SINGLES Year 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 CAREER
Tour. 5-2 3-2 4-2 12-6
Dual 19-6 15-8 16-10 50-24
(MWC) 7-1 5-2 5-3 17-6
Total 24-8 18-10 20-12 62-30
DOUBLES Year Tour. 2008-09 5-2 2007-08 4-5 2006-07 3-2 CAREER 12-9
Dual 20-6 19-5 22-3 61-14
(MWC) 7-1 8-0 7-1 22-2
Total 25-8 23-10 25-5 73-23
UNLV: A candidate for All-America and MWC Player of the Year honors returns for her senior season as the program’s No. 1 singles and doubles player ... Earned a career-high national singles ranking of 50 on Jan. 5, 2010 ... Arguably the best doubles player in program and league history, she finished her junior season already ranking third in school CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANK: 50 (Jan. 5, 2010) history with 73 victories ... Needs just 12 more doubles wins to break CAREER-HIGH DOUBLES RANK: 5 (Sep. 7, 2007) the UNLV record of 84 set by Jolene Watanabe from 1987-90 ... Nedeltcheva’s career doubles winning percentage of .760 after three seasons is tops in school history She also heads into her final campaign 12th on school’s career list for singles victories with 62 and 11th in singles career winning percentage at .674 ... Boasts an eye-popping 22-2 career doubles record in MWC regular-season play ... Can become only the second woman in UNLV history to be named first team all-conference in both singles and doubles all four seasons on the courts, joining three-time All-American Marianne Vallin (1994-97) ... The only player -- men’s or women’s -- in UNLV tennis history to be named conference player of the week five times in one season ... Looks to return to the NCAA individual championship tournament after missing the event for the first time last season ... Ranked 90th in the preseason, she turned in an 11-3 fall performance in singles that included reaching the championship of the ITA Mountain Regional in Las Vegas before she fell in three sets to 47th-ranked and top-seeded Pichittra Thongdach of Boise State at the Darling Tennis Center ... Nedeltcheva heads into her final collegiate semester ranked second in the region and fourth in doubles with partner Jana Albers ... Went 4-2 in doubles with her third career partner, including winning three matches and a spot in the ITA Regional semifinals in October ... Has a chance to become only the second Lady Rebel to qualify for more than two NCAA doubles tournaments in a career (Vallin went to three from 1994-97) ... Nedeltcheva started her career as one-half of the best doubles team in school history ... She and former partner Elena Gantcheva shattered program records for highest final ranking (18) in May 2007 and highest preseason ranking (5) in fall 2007 ... The former top-ranked player in her homeland is joined by fellow Sofia, Bulgaria, native Rumyana Terzieva on this year’s roster ... Earned Academic All-MWC honors for the second straight season and added an ITA Scholar-Athlete award as well. 2009: After two years playing behind All-American Elena Gantcheva, Nedeltcheva took over the top of the singles lineup and did not disappoint, going 24-8 overall and 19-6 in dual matches ... Finished the season ranked 121st in singles ... The best overall player in the MWC in 2009, she nearly rank the table in league play, going 7-1 in both singles and in doubles at the top spots ... In fact, her only singles loss in conference action came through a super-tiebreaker defeat at the hands of New Mexico’s Ola Abou-Zekry on March 27 after the Lady Rebels had already clinched the team victory ... Nedeltcheva eased by Abou-Zekry in straight sets when the two staged a rematch at the MWC Championships semifinals on April 24 ... She barely missed out on a signature ranked victory vs. Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA championships on May 9 ... Nedeltcheva was serving and just one game away from upsetting No. 10 Kelcy McKenna when the match was halted at 6-4, 5-3 after the Sun Devils clinched the team win over UNLV ... Playing with a new doubles partner at the No. 1 spot, senior Katy Williams, she finished 25-8 overall, including 20-6 in duals ... The 25 wins tied for the fourth-most in UNLV single-season history ... The duo posted three ranked wins in the spring, including an 8-2 victory over No. 40 Julia Trunk and Holly Bagshaw of SDSU on March 29 ... Nedeltcheva and Williams went 4-1 in fall action, winning the top flight of the UNLV Invitational in September and then advancing to the quarterfinals of the elite ITA Regional in San Diego in October ... Nedeltcheva also won the Flight One singles title at the UNLV event with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Oklahoma State’s Nataliya Shatkovskaya on Sept. 28. 2008: Named All-MWC in both singles and doubles for second consecutive season ... Turned in 15-8 dual-match record as part of 18-10 overall mark in singles ... Upset No. 48 Anamika Bargava of Pepperdine 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 2 spot in UNLV’s 4-3 loss to Waves on March 15 ... Went 5-2 in MWC regular season and swept Macall Harkins of No. 23 TCU to help Lady Rebels win conference crown on April 26 in Fort Worth ... Turned in another strong season in doubles play, ending 23-10 with Gantcheva, including a sparkling 19-5 mark in dual matches ... Finished season ranked 35th in the nation ... Became first duo in program history to qualify for a second NCAA tournament ... Lost in the first round, 6-3, 6-2, to No. 12-ranked Cal team Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano in Tulsa ... After a slow start, pair went 8-0 in MWC regular season and then added two more wins at league tournament ... Knocked off three straight ranked opponents in one week (No. 35 Miccoli/Surkova of BYU on March 28, No. 41 Ferris/Kwok of Utah on March 29 and No. 12 Harkins/Sydorska of TCU on April 4) ... Also downed No. 60 Clifford/ Liles of Texas A&M on Feb. 22 ... Duo began fall play ranked a school-record fifth in the nation. 2007: Named All-MWC in both singles and doubles as a freshman ... Part of record-breaking doubles team with Gantcheva that earned bid to NCAA Doubles Championship and became only second duo in UNLV history to advance past first round ... Shocked third-seeded Whitney McCray and Kristi Miller of national champion Georgia Tech 6-2, 6-2 before falling in the Round of 16 ... Final record of 24-4 together included 6-2 mark vs. ranked opponents ... Downed three duos that finished ranked ahead of them in the final poll (No. 3 from TCU, No. 6 from Georgia Tech and No. 13 from Stanford) ... Best win in regular season was an 8-5 upset of then-No. 6 Cetnik and Sydorska of TCU ... Beat top Stanford team of Burdette and Yelsey 8-1 to lead UNLV to stunning doubles victory over Cardinal ... Played primarily at No. 2 singles spot and finished 20-12 overall ... First career ranked win came over then-No. 40 Ashley Joelson of UCLA at the Freeman Memorial in January. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of General Vladimir Stoychev Sports School ... Won a Bulgarian national singles championship in both the women’s and juniors divisions. PERSONAL: Kristina Nedeltcheva was born on Sept. 30, 1986, in Bulgaria ... The daughter of Maria Gantcheva and Nikolay Nedeltchev ... Has one brother, Lubomir ... Lists Magdalena Maleeva and Roger Federer among her favorite tennis players ... Majoring in university studies.
PLAYER PROFILES ALISA RAZINA AL SR SR-3L • RH • 5-6 RIGA, LATVIA RIG
UNL A valuable doubles specialist who has gone 18-4 UNLV: M vs. MWC opponents in three seasons ... One of the top dou doubles players in school history, she heads into her fina nal season ranked eighth on the UNLV career victories list with 57 and standing fourth in all-time winning pe percentage at .687 ... Needs 14 more doubles wins to break into school’s top five ... Expected to team wi Anna Maskaljun to form the Lady Rebels’ No. 2 with do doubles team ... Will also continue to see spot duty in singles action as she sports a 21-10 career solo m ... Went 1-1 in singles and 4-2 in doubles during fall tourney play Razina’s Collegiate Record mark with Maskaljun, including a 3-1 mark at the ITA Regional in Las Vegas ... Hails from the same SINGLES Tour. Dual (MWC) Total hometown as former Lady Rebel Linda Tempelfelde ... Earned Academic All-MWC honors for third straight year. Year 5-1 2-1 5-1 2009: Played singles in six dual matches and won five times, including a key three-set victory over Anna Sydorska 2008-09 0-0 1-0 0-0 3-3 to help UNLV stun No. 32 TCU on March 28 ... Her 22-13 doubles total included a sparkling 22-11 mark with 2007-08 2-3 2006-07 0-0 15-9 6-2 15-9 Maskaljun (16-8 at No. 2 position) and a 5-2 record in MWC play ... Went 5-2 in the fall, winning two matches at 21-10 8-3 23-13 home tournament in September and then nearly making semifinals of elite ITA Regional in San Diego in October CAREER 2-3 ... Duo stunned fifth-seeded team from USC and then downed a UCLA tandem in the Round of 16 before falling in DOUBLES quarterfinals. 2008: Turned in standout season in doubles as a sophomore ... Teamed with four different partners Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total but had most success with senior Sharon Marin, finishing 7-2 in dual matches at spots 2-3 ... Lost only one match 2008-09 6-3 16-10 5-3 22-13 during MWC schedule ... Won her lone singles dual match in a super-tiebreaker over Tania Rice of Pepperdine 2007-08 2-0 13-7 5-1 15-7 on March 15 ... Posted 2-3 singles record in first fall action of career ... Earned a 2008 ITA Scholar-Athlete award. 2006-07 0-0 20-6 8-0 20-6 2007: Joined program in January and turned in solid rookie season as member of starting lineup in singles and CAREER 8-3 49-23 18-4 57-26 doubles ... Her 15-9 duals record came mainly at No. 6 spot ... Won her first seven matches at UNLV ... Pushed Stanford’s Lilja Hodzic to three sets in Lady Rebels’ near-upset of top-ranked Cardinal ... Posted outstanding season in doubles play with a sparkling 20-6 mark with partner Claire Smith at No. 3 position ... Duo went undefeated vs. MWC opponents in regular season and then added two more wins in conference tournament before falling to BYU in final. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Riga Tech Gymnasium ... Twice played in the junior European Championships: 2003 in Vichy, France, and 2005 in Athens, Greece ... Was the national runner-up in doubles in 2005. PERSONAL: Alisa Razina was born on Jan. 3, 1989, in Latvia ... The daughter of Oleg and Jelena Razina ... Has an older brother, Maksim ... Lists favorite tennis players as Martina Hingis and Roger Federer ... Majoring in hospitality management.
ADRIENN HIDVEGI Hidvegi’s Collegiate Record SINGLES Year 2008-09 2007-08 CAREER
Tour. 6-2 3-4 9-6
Dual 19-5 12-7 31-12
(MWC) 6-2 3-1 9-3
JR-2L • RH • 5-7 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Total 25-7 15-11 40-18
UNLV: A hard-working athlete that has become one of the most consistent players in program DOUBLES history returns for her Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total junior season looking 2008-09 4-3 4-4 3-3 8-7 to continue her winning 2007-08 3-2 0-0 0-0 3-2 ways ... Ranks eighth CAREER 7-5 4-4 3-3 11-9 all-time at UNLV with a career singles winning percentage of .690 ... Expected to return to her starting position at No. 4 in the singless lineup this spring and may team with newcomer Nives Pavlovic to form the team’s No. 3 doubles tandem ... Went 6-2 in fall tournament action in singles and 3-3 in doubles play ... Earned Academic All-MWC honors for the first time. 2009: Tied for the team lead in victories with a 25-7 singles mark ... Her winning percentage of .781 ranked 10th in program history ... Competed at spots 4-5, including an impressive 8-2 on court four ... Finished 6-2 in MWC matches ... Posted a key 7-5, 6-4 victory over Gaby Mastromarino to help UNLV upset No. 32 TCU on March 28 ... Her 8-7 doubles record included a 7-5 mark with senior Nikol Dimitrova ... Turned in nice fall effort, including winning Flight Four of the UNLV Invite in September with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kaitlin Dunham of Missouri ... Also teamed with Dimitrova for a 3-2 record in doubles. 2008: Played primarily at No. 6 singles spot where she posted impressive 10-3 mark as part of her 15-11 overall record as a freshman ... Went 3-1 vs. league foes in regular season and added another win during team’s semifinal victory over New Mexico at MWC tournament ... Fall singles record of 3-2 included winning Flight Three of the UNLV Invite ... Also won the doubles crown at that event. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Altisz Secondary School ... The 2006 national juniors champion 18-and-under in singles and 2004 champ in doubles 16-and-under. PERSONAL: Adrienn Judit Hidvegi was born on Dec. 13, 1987, in Eger, Hungary ... The daughter of Laszlo and Judit Hidvegi ... Lists favorite tennis players as Anna Ivanovic and Roger Federer ... Majoring in hospitality management.
PLAYER PROFILES ANNA MASKALJUN AN JR JR-2L • RH • 5-9 TALLINN, TA ESTONIA
UNL A talented veteran who heads into the season ranked 12th in UNLV history UNLV: with a career winning percentage of .642 ... Expected to begin year starting in the fifth spot of the singles lineup and could be in the second doubles position with retu returning partner Alisa Razina ... Turned in solid appearance at the ITA Regional L Vegas in October, reaching the Round of 16 and finishing the fall with a 5-3 in Las sin singles record ... Also finished 4-2 in autumn doubles play ... Earned Academic All All-MWC for the second consecutive season. 2009: Battled some injuries as a so sophomore but still finished with an 18-14 record in singles ... Won six of her last se seven matches in the spring and went 3-1 in MWC play ... She and partner Alisa R Razina posted a doubles record of 22-11, including 16-8 in duals at the No. 2 spot ... Duo went 5-2 vs. MWC opponents ... Finished 5-3 in fall singles action and 5-2 in doubles with Razina ... Tandem won its Maskaljun’s Collegiate Re Record way into the ITA Regional quarterfinals in San Diego after stunning SINGLES Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total the fifth seed from USC and then a duo from UCLA in the Round 2008-09 6-4 12-10 3-1 18-14 of 16. 2008: Finished with the second-most singles wins on the 2007-08 8-2 17-8 6-1 25-10 team with a 25-10 overall mark ... Appeared at positions 3-5 but had most success on court four, going 11-5 there CAREER 14-6 29-18 9-2 43-24 in duals ... Beat every MWC opponent during season except for two meetings with Katarina Tuohimaa of TCU ... Finished 6-1 in regular season vs. league and then added two more wins during conference tournament ... She DOUBLES and two partners forged 13-11 doubles mark ... Teamed with Katy Williams for a 12-7 dual record at positions Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total 2-3 ... Duo upset No. 42 Blagodarova and Sammons of Texas A&M during dual match on Feb. 22 ... Got off to a 2008-09 6-3 16-8 5-2 22-11 rousing start in the fall tournament season with a 7-1 singles mark ... Won the Flight Two singles title at the UNLV 2007-08 4-3 13-11 5-3 13-11 Invite in September with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tulsa’s Marta Marcinkowska in the championship ... Also CAREER 10-6 29-19 10-5 35-22 went 4-0 in consolation play at the ITA West Regional held in San Diego in October ... Finished 4-1 in doubles, including winning the Flight Two crown at the UNLV Invite ... Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of VK Private School ... Won the 2007 ITF Riga Cup ... A veteran of the ITF’s junior European Championships. PERSONAL: Anna Maskaljun was born on Feb. 20, 1989, in Estonia ... The daughter of Niina and Vladislav Maskaljun ... Has an older brother, Pavel ... Lists favorite tennis players as Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ... Majoring in marketing.
Albers’ Collegiate Record SINGLES Year 2008-09* 2007-08* CAREER
Tour. 0-2 0-1 0-3
Dual 16-7 18-4 34-11
(MWC) N/A N/A N/A
Total 16-9 18-5 34-14
DOUBLES Year Tour. Dual 2008-09* 0-2 14-8 2007-08* 2-1 16-5 CAREER 2-3 30-13 *At University of Nebraska
(MWC) N/A N/A N/A
Total 14-10 18-6 32-16
JR-TR • RH • 5-8 PAPENBURG, GERMANY
UNLV: An experienced junior and all-conference performer who transferred in from Nebraska and made an immediate impact ... First name is pronounced “YAW-nuh” ... CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANK: 44 (Jan. 5, 2010) CAREER-HIGH DOUBLES RANK: 30 (March 18, 2008) Expected to be a big part of the Lady Rebel attack as she pushes for a spot in the top half of the singles lineup while also teaming up with senior standout Kristina Nedeltcheva to form the squad’s top doubles team ... Went from unranked in September all the way to No. 44 in the nation in singles after turning in an impressive fall season, compiling a singles mark of 5-1 ... Won her first four matches as a Lady Rebel, including knocking off Aeriel Ellis of Texas 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to win the Flight Two singles title at the UNLV women’s fall invite (Ellis heads into the spring ranked 22nd) ... Went 4-2 in doubles with Nedeltcheva, including winning three matches and a spot in the ITA Regional semifinal round in October ... Albers and Nedeltcheva are ranked fourth in the Mountain Region heading into dual-match play. NEBRASKA: Played two seasons starting at the Big 12 Conference school located in Lincoln, including earning all-league honors. 2008-09: Played at singles spots 3-4 for the Cornhuskers as a sophomore ... Finished with a 16-9 overall mark ... Teamed with Madeleine Geibert as the squad’s top doubles team and compiled a 14-10 record. 2007-08: Turned in one of the most successful freshman seasons in Husker history as she won 18 matches during the spring season, good for second on the team ... Played the majority of the season at the No. 3 singles position, where she posted a 14-4 record, and she also went 4-0 at the No. 2 spot ... Teamed with fellow Papenburg native Imke Reimers to star at No. 1 doubles, compiling a 16-5 record, including an 8-3 Big 12 record ... The duo was consistently ranked in the ITA doubles rankings and on March 8 upset the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the country in Baylor’s Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova -- the highest-ranked doubles team a Nebraska duo has ever defeated. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Gymnasium High School in Papenburg, Germany. PERSONAL: Jana Albers was born on Jan. 13, 1988, in Friesoythe, Germany ... The daughter of Doris Droege-Albers and Ludgev Albers ... Has an older brother, Pascal ... Majoring in biology.
PLAYER PROFILES RUMYANA TERZIEVA RU SO SO-1L • RH • 5-9 SOFIA, BULGARIA SO
UNL A returning starter who showed great promise as a rookie ... Will vie for time in UNLV: the bottom b half of the singles lineup as a sophomore after turning in a strong fall season ... Went W 6-1 in tournament play, including 4-1 at the ITA Regional in Las Vegas ... One of two current players from Sofia, Bulgaria, and the fourth since former UNLV great Elena Gantcheva Ga began the pipeline in 2004 2 ... Earned Academic Terzieva’s Collegiate Record All-MWC All honors. 2009: The SINGLES Tour. Dual (MWC) Total team’s te only freshman earned Year 15-8 6-1 15-11 her he first letter at UNLV by 2008-09 0-3 playing pl singles and doubles ... Competed Co at spots 5-6, includ- DOUBLES Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total ing 4-1 at the fifth position ... Her 15-1 15-11 overall mark included an 2008-09 0-0 11-6 5-2 11-6 impressive 6-1 mark vs. MWC opponents ... Her three-set win over Milana Yusupov helped UNLV down San Diego State on March 29 ... Her 11-6 doubles record was compiled primarily with senior Nikol Dimitrova (10-6 at No. 3) and the duo went 5-2 in MWC play. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of General Vladimir Stoychev Sports School ... During juniors career she ranked in nation’s top 10 among girls 18-and-under, 16-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under ... Won at least three tournaments each of last three seasons, including winning four women’s-level events in 2007. PERSONAL: Rumyana Rumenova Terzieva was born on March 29, 1991, in Sofia, Bulgaria ... The daughter of Rumen Terzieva and Elisaveta Terzieva ... Has an older sister, Maya ... Lists favorite tennis players as Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras ... Majoring in graphic design.
ELLA BOURCHIER FR-HS • RH • 5-6 TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
UNLV: One of two freshmen joining the program this season along with Nives Pavlovic ... Will fight for time in the lineup in both singles and doubles this spring ... Made her Lady Rebel debut in fall and compiled a singles mark of 3-4 in tournament play ... Won her first career match in three sets over Aimee Oko of NAU in September’s UNLV Invitational. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of The Friends School in Hobart, Tasmania ... Earned a national women’s ranking of No. 75 in January 2009. PERSONAL: Ella Claire Bourchier was born on July 4, 1990, in the city of Hobart on the island of Tasmania in the country of Australia .. The daughter of Sonja and Ian Bourchier ... Has two brothers, Eddie and Harry ... Favorite tennis player is Gael Monfils ... Majoring in biochemistry.
NIVES PAVLOVIC FR-HS • RH • 5-6 BELGRADE, SERBIA
UNLV: One of two freshmen joining the program this season along with Ella Bourchier ... Name is pronounced ... A talented newcomer expected to compete for a spot in the top half of the singles lineup and to start the spring at No. 3 doubles with partner Adrienn Hidvegi ... Made her Lady Rebel debut in fall and compiled a singles mark of 4-4 in tournament play ... Won her first career match in three sets over Orsi Golovics of NAU in September’s UNLV Invitational ... Finished fall 3-3 in doubles, including winning first two rounds at ITA Regional in Las Vegas with Hidvegi. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Milutin Milankovic HS ... Earned a WTA ranking as high as 850. PERSONAL: Nives Pavlovic was born on Dec. 11, 1989, in Belgrade ... The daughter of Jasmina and Milan Pavlovic ... Has a younger sister, Andrea ... Favorite tennis player is Serena Williams ... Interested in majoring in marketing.
2010 REBEL ROSTER
FRONT ROW (KNEELING (KNEELING, LEFT TO RIGHT): Bernard Schoeman Schoeman, Alex Bull Bull, Attila Toth and Luca Barlocchi Barlocchi. BACK ROW (L-R): Head Coach Owen Hambrook, Assistant Coach Milos Blagojevic, Athletic Trainer Chris Cornell, Johannes Markel, Rene Ruegamer, Matthew Kunkel, Kasper Konyves, Charlie Alvarado and Mehdi Bouras.
NAME Charlie Alvarado Luca Barlocchi Mehdi Bouras Alex Bull Kasper Konyves Matthew Kunkel Johannes Markel Rene Ruegamer Bernard Schoeman Attila Toth
HT 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-2
CL-EX FR-HS SR-3L SO-1L FR-HS FR-HS SR-3L FR-HS FR-HS FR-HS SO-1L
HEAD COACH Owen Hambrook (7th Year/NW Missouri State, ‘91) ASSISTANT COACH Milos Blagojevic (1st Year/UNLV, ‘06)
PLYS RH RH RH LH RH RH RH RH RH RH
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) Costa Mesa, CA (Mater Dei HS) Zurich, Switzerland (Kantonsschule Freudenberg) Paris, France (Lycee Marie Curie) London, England (Reed’s School) Helsinborg, Sweden (Bastad Gymnasium) Park City, UT (Park City HS) Malmo, Sweden (Latinskola) Wurzburg, Germany (Friedrich-Koenig Gymnasium) Pretoria, South Africa (Hoerskool Waterkloof) Budapest, Hungary (Kurt Foundation Secondary)
Luca Barlocchi ..............................................................bar-LOCK-ee Mehdi Bouras .........................................................MED-e BURR-us Kasper Konyves ...........................................................con-yee-VES Matthew Kunkel ...................................................................CUN-kull Johannes Markel ............................................yo-HON-us mar-KELL Rene Ruegamer ................................................ruh-NAY RU-gam-ur Attila Toth .............................................................ah-TILL-ah TAHTH
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2010 SEASON OUTLOOK BIGGER ROSTER COULD MEAN BIGGER WINS IN 2010 UNLV men’s tennis head coach Owen Hambrook was tired of watching his team lose down at court six nearly every time out last spring so he brought in some help to shore up the bottom of the lineup – a lot of help. A six-player recruiting class means the program is now fully manned -- but extremely young. Even so, the Rebels of 2010 hope to be a factor in this year’s Mountain West Conference race. “Last year was disappointing because we were solid 1-through-5 and struggled at 6,” says Hambrook. “That put a lot of pressure on the top players to win in singles and hurt us in doubles as well. I think we have some guys that will have some success in the lineup, they just have to gain experience.” The good news is that UNLV returns two allconference players from a team that beat five ranked opponents a year ago. “Even with the depth problems, we improved to the point that we beat two solid teams at the end of the year (San Diego State and Utah) and played well against New Mexico in the conference semifinals, so we finished strong.” After a fall tournament season that included a smattering of highlights from the veterans, Hambrook must focus on getting no less than four players making their collegiate debuts to help the team immediately. “We had a solid recruiting class so we’ve got a lot of talent and depth but we are very young. We’ve got a lot of work to do with a bunch of guys basically starting in the spring. The sooner we get our system in place the better off we’ll be. This is a better team than a year ago but it’s ultimately going to come down to how we do down low.”
Last year’s rookie star is this year’s lineup leader for the Rebels as 2009 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Mehdi Bouras (18-8 in singles last season) replaces the graduated Elliot Wronski at the No. 1 singles position. An explosive player who can play with anybody in the country, Bouras has the th difficult task ta of using his h sophomore season to develop consistency c while at the w same time being the face b of the program. Case in point: C a 10-5 fall tournament record. re “Mehdi hhas grown a lot since his freshman year,” Hambrook says. “He is extremely t l talented t l t d andd capable bl off beating b ti anyone on any given day. He had some good wins in the fall but he also let a couple slip away. The big thing for him will be to stay focused throughout the entire match every match.
“He is really an unbelievable athlete out there and moves extremely well on the court. He has a very good serve and big forehand with a solid backhand. The multiple weapons make him dangerous to play against. Mehdi was freshman of the year in this conference so I see no reason why hy he can’t step up and be player of the year this season.” A steadying force among all this youth is senior Luca Barlocchi (21-12), who has quietly put together an outstanding college career and heads into his final season having already won 57 matches. Also an Academic All-America candidate, his fall season was good enough to earn him the first singles ranking of his career at No. 102. “Luca is just your model student-athlete. He’s very strong academically and pushes the other guys on and off the court. He is our co-captain along with Mehdi this season. He’s been working very hard and is excited about his final spring here and finishing his UNLV career on a strong note.” Another returning sophomore, Attila Toth (17-12) will begin the season at No. 3. It’s a big jump in the lineup for a player that excelled as the Rebels’ No. 5 guy as a freshman, going 11-5 in duals at that position. “Attila had a frustrating fall but he was battling some injuries. Now he’s healthy again. He has become adjusted to the college game and we expect him to be a big part of our success in both singles and doubles this season and for years to come.” The only other returning letterman on the squad is Matthew Kunkel (2-8). The Utah native will see increased time as senior after turning in what was easily his most successful individual tournament effort. “Matt Kunkel had his best fall ever and will definitely help us this year. We hope he can keep it going in dual matches.” While German Rene Ruegamer and Brit Alex Bull are expected to redshirt the season, the four freshmen who will suit up this spring also come from across the globe. Kasper Konyves and Johannes Markel both hail from Sweden while Bernard Schoeman is out of Hambrook’s home country of South Africa and Charlie Alvarado came to Las Vegas from right next door in California. What they all have in common is that they’ll fight for time in both singles and doubles to help refresh the Rebels lineup card. “Johannes is a big, tall Swede with a very aggressive game. Kasper will also have to jump right
in and get used to playing college tennis. Both of them were highly ranked juniors in their home country.
Bernard is a talented all-court player, one of the top juniors from South Africa, and will be in the mix. Charlie
is a great fighter from California who will develop into a very good college tennis player.” The doubles lineup is highlighted by Bouras taking over o for Wronski as Barlocchi’s partner at the No. 1 position. The newly formed duo showed promising p signs by making the championship match at both the s Rebel Classic and ITA Regional in the fall. R Toth will also have a new partner in taking over the second position, most likely Kunkel, who has done his s best b work in doubles play. The final team will emerge from within different combinations of the four rookies. c
THE SCHEDULE T
The UNLV men will look to improve on their final ranking of 73 last season by playing a good mix of ra qquality non-conference opponents along with their Mountain West Conference slate in 2010. M No less than 10 of the Rebels’ upcoming 24 dualmatch opponents were included in the final Campbell ITA College Tennis Rankings in May. The team’s dual-match season kicks off with No. 39 Texas Tech coming to the Fertitta Tennis Complex on Jan. 22. That begins a nine-match homestand that runs through Feb. 13. UNLV’s first road trip takes it to UC Irvine on Feb. 19, San Diego on Feb. 21 and No. 45 Fresno State on Feb. 28. No. 41 Hawaii on March 5, No. 69 Pacific on March 6 and No. 60 Iowa on March 17 highlight the remainder of the non-conference schedule - all coming at home. The Rebels host No. 38 TCU on April 2, No. 49 New Mexico on April 9 and will hold Senior Day on April 11 vs. Air Force. After a trip to the Beehive State to take on No. 51 Utah on April 16 and then No. 64 BYU on April 17, the regular-season ends with a single match at 42nd-ranked San Diego State on April 24. UNLV will host the men’s MWC Championship for the first time ever from April 28-May 1 while the NCAA regionals are scheduled for May 1416 at campus sites to be determined. The round of 16 and individual national tournaments will take place at the University of Georgia from May 20-31. “We’re really excited about this schedule and this season,” season ” says Hambrook. Hambrook “We’ll have a lot of talent in the lineup. We’re looking forward to facing a good mix of teams and making a run at the conference title. The Rebels will be a lot better by the time the conference schedule begins and it will be awesome to have the Mountain West tournament here for the first time.”
PLAYER PROFILES LUCA BARLOCCHI
SR-3L • RH • 5-10 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
*2009 All-MWC DOUBles* *2008, 2007 All-MWC SINGles*
UN The “Swiss Wizard” returns for his final season looking to spin UNLV: more of his court magic in 2010 after earning his first career singles rankmo ing in January at No. 102 ... A three-time All-Mountain West Conference honoree that will be an honors candidate again this spring ... Expected ho to fill the No. 2 singles spot and No. 1 doubles position with partner Mehdi Bouras ... Went 6-4 in tournament play, including going to the Baylor Intercollegiate and knocking off the event’s 16th seed in M his hi opener, 7-6, 6-0 over Oklahoma State’s Aleksey Bessonov ... Compiled a 7-6 mark in preseason doubles competition with partner Bouras as the duo won four straight at the ITA Regional in Las Vegas in October before falling in the championship match ... Boasts B a career care ca reer singles siingles record recor of 12-6 in MWC duals ... One of UNLV’s top student-athletes, he was named to the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 At-Large Second Team after boasting a cumulative grade point average of 3.88 while majoring in finance ... He also earned Academic All-MWC honors and was b named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the third straight season. 2009: Finished with career-high 21 singles victories playing 2-4 in the lineup ... Primarily played at No. 3, finishing with a 9-7 mark ... Won both of his matches to help UNLV upset two league opponents to end the season, downing Giovanni Vaglietti of No. 42 SDSU and then John Taylor of No. 49 Utah in the first round of the MWC tournament ... Also won a career-best 21 doubles matches overall while playing with five partners ... Spent much of the season ranked nationally along with partner Elliot Wronski ... The duo, which went 19-10 together, reached as high as 46 and finished the season at No. 76 ... Advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Regional in Las Vegas and also upset No. 83 Andres Carrasco of Arizona at the Rebel Classic in October ... Teamed with Wronski in fall to post 5-1 doubles mark, including making quarters of ITA Regional and winning the Barlocchi’s Collegiate Record Flight One title of the Rebel Classic. 2008: Named All-MWC singles after finishing 19-10 overall ... His 12-7 mark in SINGLES Tour. Dual (MWC) Total duals included a 5-0 record at No. 3 spot ... Upset No. 111 Victor Lamm of UC Irvine on April 5 to help Rebels down Year 2008-09 4-4 17-8 3-3 21-12 Anteaters ... Went 4-2 vs. MWC in regular season ... Played with four partners in compiling 14-9 doubles record ... 12-7 4-2 19-10 Fall singles record of 7-3 included a run to quarterfinals of ITA Regional ... Also nearly took down Tennessee’s Boris 2007-08 7-3 2006-07 4-3 13-7 5-1 17-10 Conkic before falling 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to give the Vol the title at the UNLV Fall Classic in November. 2007: Team’s top 42-22 12-6 57-32 fall recruit posted consecutive three-set victories over SEC opponents in mid-March to spark a personal five-match CAREER 15-10 winning streak and a run of 11 wins in 12 outings to close rookie season ... His 17-10 overall mark included a 5-1 record for MWC play in regular season at No. 6 spot in lineup, not including another two wins during conference DOUBLES Tour. Dual (MWC) Total tourney ... Most memorable triumph came in 4-3 upset of No. 46 New Mexico in Fort Worth ... After being blanked Year 15-11 2-4 21-13 in the first set, came all the way back to defeat Kamil Pajkowski 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 to end the five-hour marathon match 2008-09 6-2 2007-08 4-2 10-7 3-2 14-9 in favor of the Rebels ... Was also leading his opponent from UCLA in first round of NCAA tournament when match 0-2 0-0 2-5 was halted ... Fall season saw him turn in a 4-3 singles record and 2-3 doubles mark … First collegiate win came 2006-07 2-3 CAREER 12-7 25-20 5-6 37-27 vs. Stjepan Beg of New Mexico State in the Round of 64 at the ITA Regional in Las Vegas in October … Also won his next match to move into Round of 16 in his first career tourney. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Kantonsschule Freudenberg in Zurich. PERSONAL: Luca Roberto Barlocchi was born on Jan. 26, 1987, in Switzerland ... The son CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANK: 102 (Jan. 5, 2010) CAREER-HIGH DOUBLES RANK: 46 (Feb. 19, 2009) of Dario and Renata Barlocchi.
Kunkel’s Collegiate Record SINGLES Year 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 CAREER
Tour. 1-6 0-4 0-4 1-14
Dual 1-2 1-1 0-0 2-3
(MWC) 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-2
Total 2-8 1-5 0-4 3-17
SR-3L • RH • 6-2 PARK CITY, UTAH
UNLV: One of two seniors on this year’s squad ... Expected to see significant DOUBLES time in the lineup after turning in Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total strongest fall season of career ... 2008-09 0-5 1-0 0-0 1-5 Went 4-6 in singles in tournament 2007-08 3-2 2-8 2-2 5-10 play, including a 3-2 mark at the ITA 2006-07 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-2 Regional ... Should find a place in the CAREER 3-7 3-10 2-2 6-17 Rebels’ doubles lineup this spring … Earned Academic All-MWC honors for the second consecutive season. 2009: Saw most extensive action of UNLV career as a junior ... Earned a dual-match victory over Andres Mancero 6-0, 6-1 to help team to 7-0 win over Idaho State ... Compiled doubles record playing with four different partners. 2008: Lettered playing mainly at doubles ... Earned first career singles win, 6-1, 6-3, over Utah State’s Matt Braithwaite in Rebel victory over Aggies ... Finished with 5-10 doubles mark compiled with three partners ... Played in two fall tournaments and saw success with partner Bryan Miller ... Won twice at UNLV Fall Classic and again in a consolation match at ITA West Regional. 2007: Got his first taste of college tennis … Compiled an 0-4 singles record in two tournaments and 0-2 in doubles in two dual matches. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Park City HS … A four-time state champion for the Miners … Finished his prep career a perfect 85-0 in singles … Also lettered two years in basketball … Ranked in the top five regionally and top 200 nationally as a junior 18-and-under. PERSONAL: Matthew Scott Kunkel was born on Nov. 6, 1987, in Salt Lake City ... The son of Scott and Denise Kunkel … Has a younger sister, Kaitlin, and brother, Spencer ... Majoring in economics.
PLAYER PROFILES MEHDI BOURAS SO-1L • RH • 6-0 PARIS, FRANCE
*2009 All-MWC SINGles* *2009 MWC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR* *2009 UNLV MOST OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR* UNLV: A former top recruit who lived up to his billing and now takes over as the Rebels’ No. 1 singles player as a sophomore ... Will also team with senior Luca Barlocchi to form the team’s top doubles pairing ... A highly athletic player with multiple weapons on the court ... Will look to earn his first ranking this semester while making a run at MWC Player of the Year honors ... The second Rebel in history to win the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year award, joining Aviram Salomon in 2002 ... Enrolled at UNLV in January of 2008 but could not compete while completing an academic year in residence ... Hails from France but is originally from Algeria ... He not only earned a spot on the 2009 Academic All-MWC team and ITA Scholar-Athlete list, but he was named co-winner of the UNLV Most Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete award on May 27, 2009, after carrying a 3.93 GPA after two years on campus ... Heads into spring 2010 having compiled a 12-6 singles record in tournament play ... Began his first season of fall competition with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Texas’ Daniel Whitehead before falling in the next round at the Baylor Intercollegiate in September ... The next month, he won his first two matches at Prequalifying for the D’Novo ITA Men’s All-American Tennis Championships in Tulsa and was awarded a Lucky Loser bid into the Qualfiying field ... He made the most of his new life, upsetting 113th-ranked Julien Bley of Baylor 6-4, 6-2 before being ousted in the next round ... Won his first three rounds at the Rebel Classic before falling to Cal Poly’s Andrew Dome in the singles championship on Nov. 1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 ... Also went 2-1 during January’s spring invite at Fertitta ... Was also busy in doubles play, teaming with Barlocchi for a 7-6 record ... The team reached two tourney finals in the fall -- losing 8-6 to Utah’s Phillip Ellers and Alex Golding at the ITA Regional and falling 8-5 to Cal Poly’s Dome and Jordan Bridge in the Rebel Classic sic title tilt. 2009: Turned in strong rookie campaign after finally making his is collegiate debut in January ... Finished 18-8 overall in singles ... Played ed primarily at No. 2 position in the lineup and went 15-8 in duals there ..... Also went 3-0 when spelling senior Elliot Wronski at the top spot in thee lineup ... Only one of his eight total defeats came in straight sets .... Earned his first career ranked victory when he swept No. 123 Graemee Kassautzki of New Mexico 6-4, 6-4 on March 29 ... Won his match vs. Bartosz Golas to help UNLV upset No. 42 SDSU in the regular-season finale on April 19 ... Four days later he swept Phillip Ellers 7-5, 6-2 to help the Rebels knock off No. 49 Utah in the first round of the MWC tournament ... His 9-16 doubles record was compiled with three partners ... Played primarily with senior Wesley Burrows at second and third spots in the lineup. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Lycee Marie Curie School in Versailles, France. PERSONAL: Mehdi Bouras was born on Bouras’ Collegiate Record Sept. 24, 1988, in Algiers SINGLES ... The son of Rachid Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total and Nadjath Bouras ... 2008-09 0-0 18-8 3-3 18-8 Lists Marat Safin as his favorite tennis player ... DOUBLES Majoring in management. Year Tour. Dual (MWC) Total 2008-09 0-0
PLAYER PROFILES ATTILA TOTH AT
SO SO-1L • RH • 6-2 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY BU
Toth’s Collegiate Record SINGLES Year Tour. 2008-09 2-4
UNL A dependable returnee who DOUBLES UNLV: Tour. Dual (MWC) Total should see time in the top half of the Year sho 2008-09 8-3 6-16 2-4 14-19 sing singles lineup as a sophomore ... Will also return to a starting role in doubles act action ... Struggled with injuries in the fall but looks to be 100 percent for dual match season ... His tournament play was highlighted by defeating Alabama’s Ricky Doverspike at January invitational. 2009: Earned his first letter as a Rebel playing both singles and doubles ... A inv 17 17-12 overall singles record included a sparkling 5-1 mark in MWC play ... Also was near victory in both of his matches during the conference tournament before they were halted vi ... .. Downed Andre Feliz 6-3, 6-3 to help UNLV upset No. 42 SDSU in regular-season finale ... .. Played at 4-6 spots with most of his work (11-5) coming in fifth position ... His 14-19 doubles record included an 8-3 mark m in tournament action ... Played with five doubles partners on the season, led by 9-4 mark with senior Wesley Burrows, including winning three times in consolation bracket of ITA Regional. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Kurt Foundation Secondary School in Budapest ... Ranked in the top 10 of the men’s division in Hungary after rising as high as No. 3 on a juniors level. PERSONAL: Attila Toth was born on June 24, 1988, in Budapest ... The son of Attila Toth and Gabriella Hirth ... Has an older sister, Orjolva Toth… Lists his favorite tennis player as Rafael Nadal ... Majoring in communications.
Charlie alvArado FR-HS • RH • 5-11 COSTA MESA, CA
UNLV: A California recruit who will look to earn time in both singles and doubles as a freshman ... A tenacious player who made his collegiate debut in UNLV’s spring invite and picked up his first victory as a Rebel over Indiana’s Will Kendall. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of athletic powerhouse Mater Dei HS located in Santa Ana, CA ... Lettered four years for the Monarchs under coach Marian Danse ... Won a CIF doubles championship in Ojai with partner Chris Freeman ... Won his first Trinity League singles title as a senior by defeating Freeman in the championship match ... Earned a top 50 ranking in the 14-and-under category and top 100 in 16-and-under and 18-and-under divisions. PERSONAL: Charlie Anthony Alvarado was born on Sept. 10, 1990, in Orange, Calif. ... The son of Janet Ingham and Richard Alvarado … Has not declared a major but is interested in communications ... Favorite tennis player is Fernando Verdasco.
FR-HS • LH • 6-1 LONDON, ENGLAND
UNLV: Part of a large group of newcomers joining the Rebels this season ... A seasoned international player who follows former Rebel great Elliot Wronski (2006-09) in making the move from Great Britain to Las Vegas ... The only left-handed player on this year’s roster. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Reed’s School located in Cobham, Surrey … Coached by Adrien Blackman ... Ranked in top 15 in Great Britain and as high as 266 in ITF ... Played in 2008’s Junior Wimbeldon ... Won juniors titles in 2006-07 in 16-and-under and 2004-05 in 14-and-under division ... Also competed in cricket, soccer, rugby and field hockey. PERSONAL: Alex Bull was born on Feb. 26, 1990, in London The son of Jacky and David Bull ... Has a younger brother, Jordan ... Majoring in journalism/media studies ... Favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
PLAYER PROFILES kasper konyves ka FR FR-HS • RH • 6-2 HELSINBORG, SWEDEN HE
AT U UNLV: One of a quartet of freshmen expected to fight for a spot in the lineup this semester ... Will need to make immediate transition to college tennis after enrolling in January ... Expected to vie for time in starting singles and doubles lineups ... Ranked in Sweden’s top 10 for juniors in each respective res age group from 2004-09. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Bastad Gymnasium … Also Als competed in soccer, badminton and table tennis. PERSONAL: Kasper Georg Konyves was born bo on June 24, 1990, in Sweden ... The son of Gitte and Janos Konyves … Has two younger sisters, sis Alice and Greta ... Interested in majoring in business ... Favorite tennis player is Roger Federer. Fe
JOHANNES MARKEL FR-HS • RH • 6-3 MALMO, SWEDEN
AT UNLV: One of four new Rebels expected to vie for immediate playing time in both singles and doubles in 2010 ... One of two Swedes to join the Rebels this season along with Kasper Konyves. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Latinskola School … Ranked 14th in Sweden in juniors 18-and-under ... Member of 2008 and ‘09 national championship team. PERSONAL: Johannes Markel was born on Aug. 28, 1989, in Transylvania, Romania ... The son of Christa and Horia Markel … Has a younger sister, Johanna ... Interested in majoring in business ... Favorite tennis player is Tommy Haas.
RENE RUEGAMER RE FR FR-HS • RH • 6-2 WU WURZBURG, GERMANY
AT U UNLV: Part of the Rebels’ class of six newcomers this season ... Will sit out season and begin competing com in fall 2010. HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Friedrich-Koenig Gymnasium in Wurzburg … Ranked as high as 64th in Germany. PERSONAL: Rene Ruegamer was born on Feb. 25, 1988, 198 in Germany ... The son of Elisabeth and Herbert Ruegamer ... Has a sister, Sabina ... Interested Int in majoring in business ... Favorite tennis player is Alexander Waske.
BERNARD SCHOEMAN FR-HS • RH • 6-1 PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
AT UNLV: One of four freshmen expected to earn playing time this season after joining the squad in January ... Could play singles and doubles as a rookie. HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Hoerskool Waterkloof in Pretoria … Ranked in the top 10 among each respective juniors levels, including third in 2009 ... The 2009 national juniors champion in doubles and 2008 national runner up in singles. PERSONAL: Johan Bernard Schoeman was born on Sept. 9, 1991, in South Africa ... The son of Marietjie and Johan Schoeman ... Has an older brother, Meyer ... Interested in majoring in business ... Favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
FRANK & VICKI FERTITTA
hat the Rebels play home matches in one of the nation’s top collegiate facilities is due in large partrt to the late Frank Fertitta Jr., and his wife, Vicki. The couple presented UNLV with a check for $1 million in 1989 that was the driving force inn construction of the sparkling, 12-court, $1.5 million stadium and clubhouse. Opened in 1993, the Frank & Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex has served as home to not only UNLV’s men’s and women’s teams but to various physical education classes, youth tournaments, adult continuing education groups and USTA Men’s Challenger pro events. The facility, which underwent a $2 million upgrade in 2006-07, also hosted three consecutive NCAA Regionals. On Jan. 15, 2010, UNLV held a ceremony to thank the Fertittas for their tremendous generosity. Mrs. Fertitta was on hand along with dignitaries such as UNLV President Neal Smatresk, Athletics Director Jim Livengood, Governor Bob Miller and the Rebel teams and staffs to say thank you and present her with a one-of-a-kind print commemorating the facility and its namesakes.
(L-R): Women’s Head Coach Kevin Cory, AD Jim Livengood, Vicki Fertitta, Men’s Head Coach Owen Hambrook and President Neal Smatresk.
SEASON IN REVIEW UNLV RALLIES, ROLLS THROUGH CONFERENCE With a small roster of only seven players and the loss of arguably the best player in Mountain West Conference history in a graduated Elena Gantcheva, the Lady Rebels could have been forgiven for settling into a rebuilding mode in 2009. Try again. Head coach Kevin Cory’s 10th team at UNLV overcame a sluggish start to go on a record run through the conference and ultimately bring home even more Mountain West hardware to display at Fertitta. UNLV began the season ranked 39th nationally and posted opening-weekend wins over regular visitors New Mexico State, Pacific and Weber State. However, a trip to the inaugural ITA Kickoff Weekend Tournament raised concerns after rare January defeats on back-to-back days to No. 36 Illinois and No. 51 Colorado – both by the score of 4-3 – in Palo Alto, Calif. The good news from the trip was that new No. 1 singles player, junior Kristina Nedeltcheva, was quickly making a name for herself atop the lineup with two wins that gave her three ranked victories in a matter of a few weeks. After a three-week layoff, UNLV did not lose even a single set while picking up three more team wins by a combined score of 21-0. The Lady Rebs faced four ranked teams over the next two weeks and lost to all of them (with a win over in-state rival Nevada, Reno sandwiched in between) to see their record drop to 7-6. The frustrating swoon, which included a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of No. 44 Virginia Commonwealth, moved the program completely out of the ITA national rankings for the first time in a decade. However, instead of folding, the players finished a sixmatch homestand with wins over solid opponents from Saint Mary’s and Oklahoma and the rebound was underway as the school reentered the rankings at No. 71. UNLV would next travel to San Diego to face one of the toughest round-robin weekends in its first 10 years as part of the league. First up – longtime league rival New Mexico. The Rebels swept doubles and then added three straight-set singles wins to clinch the neutral-site match. The only negative came at the top spot where Nedeltcheva lost in a third-set supertiebreaker to Ola Abou-Zekry after the overall winner was decided. However, no one knew that would be the last time all season that the junior would taste defeat in singles. Saturday brought a meeting with league-favorite TCU, which had been ranked as high as 21 and came in at 32 nationally. The Frogs claimed a 1-0 lead after sweeping three doubles matches and then went ahead 2-0 after picking up a quick singles win on court five. Senior Nikol Dimitrova finally got her team on the board with a victory at the second position before Adrienn Hidvegi would tie the match with a triumph at No. 4. TCU took a hard-fought point on court 2 to regain the lead but in a battle of ranked players, No. 123
2009 UNLV Seniors Katy Williams (left) and Nikol Dimitrova
PERFECT 8-0 IN MWC PLAY
Nedeltcheva outdueled No. 84 Macall Harkins 7-6, 7-6 for her fifth win over a ranked opponent in 2009. All eyes moved to court six where Alisa Razina, a doubles standout moved into the lineup to replace injured starter Anna Maskaljun, split sets vs. Anna Sydorska but then fell behind 4-2 in the third. The junior would rally, however, to win the final four games and take the match 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 and hand Cory one of his biggest regular-season victories as a head coach. “This was the type of win we’ve been looking for all spring,” Cory said. “The girls played their hearts out today and to win the match after losing doubles says a lot about the character of this team.” The wonderful weekend next offered up a Sunday matchup against homestanding and 29th-ranked San Diego State. For the second consecutive day, UNLV opened by losing the doubles point and responded by making up for it in singles. The Lady Rebels rallied by winning all four matches that extended to three sets, plus picking up one straight-set victory go post their seventh straight win over SDSU. UNLV continued its role as road warrior by going to Colorado Springs in early April and downing Air Force, Wyoming and Colorado State to stay atop the league standings. After closing out its non-conference slate with a shutout of visiting Southern Utah, the final weekend of the regular season brought No. 65 Utah and No. 57 BYU to town. The Lady Rebels swept doubles and never looked back vs. the Utes in a 5-2 win that gave them at least a share of the league’s regular-season title. To win it outright, however, UNLV would have to defeat its nemesis, BYU, for the first time since 2002 on a sun-baked Senior Day 2009 on April 18. The hosts grabbed all of the momentum in the morning by emerging from a gritty doubles session. Needing only to split the six matches to earn the team victory, the Lady Rebels won the first set on four courts to set the tone. Maskaljun was the first to finish. Nedeltcheva then improved to 23-8 with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the top spot that closed her junior season record vs. the league to a shiny 7-1. The team’s only two seniors, who were recognized in ceremonies before the match, then earned hard-fought wins in their final appearances on campus. Dimitrova won at No. 2 to push her all-time record in MWC dual matches to an impressive 22-9. Katy Williams had to rally for her Senior Day success, winning with a third-set super-tiebreaker to improve to 24-11 on the year.
The Lady Rebels snapped an 11-match losing skid vs. the Cougars in style by winning 6-0 and recording their 11th consecutive victory -- the longest streak for the program since taking 16 straight in 1992. UNLV improved to 18-6 overall and became only the second MWC team to ever complete an 8-0 sweep of league opponents. “Of the five combined titles we’ve won here, I would have to say this is probably the most satisfying. It’s a great feeling to go through conference play undefeated. I can’t talk enough about how much Katy and Nikol have meant to this program. They both already have two conference championships in their pockets, which shows what kind of players they are.” For her late-season heroics, Nedeltcheva became the first UNLV player – men’s or women’s – to be named conference player of the week five times in one season. Unfortunately, that record and an eye-popping 14-2 combined record in singles and doubles vs. MWC opponents were not enough to earn the emerging star the league MVP nod over AbouZekry. She was, however, named first team All-MWC in both singles and doubles for the third straight season and was joined by teammates Dimitrova (singles) and Williams (singles & doubles). Now ranked a season-high 42, the top-seeded Rebs traveled to Albuquerque for the league’s annual tournament and opened with a 4-0 blanking of Wyoming. A rematch with the host Lobos gave the Lady Rebels their 13th consecutive win overall and their seventh straight over UNM. It also improved Cory’s Crew to 20-6 overall, reaching the 20-win mark for the first time since 2002 and only second time since 1991. Back in the event’s championship match vs. TCU for the second straight season, UNLV dropped an excruciatingly close doubles point and never recovered as the Horned Frogs avenged the 2008 defeat on their home courts with a 4-1 victory to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Rebels did earn an at-large invite and headed to an NCAA Regional for the third straight season and sixth time in eight years. Sent to Los Angeles, UNLV faced 30th-ranked Arizona State on May 9 and fell 4-0 to the Sun Devils. Said Cory: “It was a disappointing way to end the year but the girls did a good job in winning 20 matches, earning a conference championship and receiving an NCAA bid.”
SEASON IN REVIEW 2009 TEAM RESULTS Overall: 20-8
DATE Jan. 24, 2009 Jan. 25, 2009 Jan. 25, 2009 Jan. 30, 2009 Jan. 31, 2009 Feb. 20, 2009 Feb. 20, 2009 Feb. 22, 2009 Feb. 28, 2009 March 6, 2009 March 7, 2009 March 11, 2009 March 13, 2009 March 14, 2009 March 17, 2009 March 27, 2009 March 28, 2009 March 29, 2009 April 3, 2009 April 4, 2009 April 5, 2009 April 10, 2009 April 17, 2009 April 18, 2009 April 23, 2009 April 24, 2009 April 25, 2009 May 9, 2009
OPPONENT NEW MEXICO STATE PACIFIC WEBER STATE vs. #36 Illinois+ vs. #51 Colorado+ ILLINOIS STATE UTAH STATE UC RIVERSIDE at #55 Pepperdine #25 BOISE STATE NEVADA, RENO #22 SOUTH CAROLINA #44 VA COMMONWEALTH SAINT MARYâ€™S OKLAHOMA vs. New Mexico* vs. #32 TCU* at #29 San Diego State* at Air Force* vs. Wyoming* vs. Colorado State* SOUTHERN UTAH* #65 UTAH* #57 BYU* vs. Wyoming% at New Mexico% vs. #29 TCU% vs. #30 Arizona State^
LOCATION Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto, CA Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Malibu, CA Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas San Diego San Diego San Diego Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Albuquerque Albuquerque Albuquerque Los Angeles
W/L W W W L L W W W L L W L L W W W W W W W W W W W W W L L
+ITA Kickoff Weekend
SCORE 7-0 4-3 4-0 3-4 3-4 7-0 7-0 7-0 0-7 2-5 4-3 0-7 3-4 5-2 6-1 4-3 4-3 5-2 5-2 7-0 7-0 7-0 5-2 6-0 4-0 4-1 1-4 0-4
UNLV TEAM RANKINGS PRESEASON: 39 Jan. 29: 38 Feb. 3: 48 Feb. 10: 50 Feb. 19: 49 Feb. 24: 49 March 3: 69 March 10: NR March 17: NR March 24: 71 March 31: 46 April 7: 48 April 14: 50 April 21: 42 April 27: 44 FINAL: 43
vs. Ranked: 4-8 ALL 1-0 2-0 3-0 3-1 3-2 4-2 5-2 6-2 6-3 6-4 7-4 7-5 7-6 8-6 9-6 10-6 11-6 12-6 13-6 14-6 15-6 16-6 17-6 18-6 19-6 20-6 20-7 20-8
MWC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 3-0 4-0 5-0 6-0 6-0 7-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0
RANK #39 #39 #39 #38 #38 #49 #49 #49 #49 #69 #69 NR NR NR NR #71 #71 #71 #46 #46 #46 #48 #50 #50 #42 #42 #42 #44
K. NEDELTCHEVA SINGLES RANKINGS PRESEASON: NR Feb. 19: 117 March 17: 123 March 31: 125 April 21: 112 April 27: 123 FINAL: 121
^NCAA 1st Round at UCLA
2008-09 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SINGLES (ITA RANK) Kristina Nedeltcheva (121) Nikol Dimitrova Katy Williams Anna Maskaljun Adrienn Hidvegi Alisa Razina Rumyana Terzieva TOTALS PERCENTAGES
TOTAL 24-8 16-19 25-13 18-14 25-7 5-1 15-11 130-73 .640
DUAL 19-6 12-14 18-9 12-10 19-5 5-1 15-8 102-53 .658
TOUR 5-2 4-5 7-4 6-4 6-2 0-0 0-3 28-20 .583
MWC 7-1 6-2 6-2 3-1 6-2 2-1 6-1 37-10 .787
No. 1 19-6 ------------19-6 .760
No. 2 --12-14 ----------12-14 .462
No. 3 ----18-9 --------18-9 .667
DOUBLES Kristina Nedeltcheva/Katy Williams Anna Maskaljun/Alisa Razina Nikol Dimitrova/Adrienn Hidvegi Nikol Dimitrova/Rumyana Terzieva Adrienn Hidvegi/Rumyana Terzieva Adrienn Hidvegi/Alisa Razina TOTALS PERCENTAGES
TOTAL 25-8 22-11 7-5 10-6 1-0 0-2 67-32 .677
DUAL 20-6 16-8 3-2 10-6 1-0 0-2 52-24 .684
TOUR 5-2 6-3 4-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 15-8 .652
MWC 7-1 5-2 0-0 5-2 0-0 0-1 18-6 .750
No. 1 20-6 ----------20-6 .769
No. 2 --16-8 ------0-2 16-10 .615
No. 3 ----3-2 10-6 1-0 --16-8 .667
No. 4 ------7-8 8-2 ----15-10 .600
No. 5 ------5-2 11-3 --4-1 20-6 .769
No. 6 ----------5-1 11-7 18-8 .692
CAREER 136-45 67-51 46-21 43-24 40-18 23-13 15-11
LADY REBEL RECORDS SINGLES VICTORIES
UNLV’s most prolific women’s player, Jolene Watanabe (1987-90), leads the Lady Rebels in career doubles victories and is still second in singles wins.
WOMEN’S YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS
YEAR 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
ALL CONF TOUR MWC 10-20 NA/7th NA 24-13 NA/7th NA 15-14 NA/2nd NA 19-14 2-1/3rd NA 23-15 1-24th NA 21-13 2-15th NA 18-5 NA/5th NA 13-8 2-1/3rd NA 15-9 2-1/2nd NA 16-8 2-1/3rd NA 10-14 2-1/2nd NA 17-7 2-1/3rd NA 12-13 3-1/2nd NA 9-14 3-1/9th NA 15-9 3-0/1st NA 11-12 2-1/5th 5-2/3rd 20-4 3-0/1st 6-1/2nd 16-6 1-1/T3rd 6-1/T1st 16-7 1-1/T3rd 5-2/3rd 14-9 2-1/2nd 5-2/3rd 14-7 1-1/T3rd 6-2/T2nd 19-8 2-1/2nd 6-2/T2nd 17-9 3-0/1st 6-2/T2nd 20-8 2-1/2nd 8-0/1st
COACH Craig Witcher Craig Witcher Craig Witcher Craig Witcher Craig Witcher Craig Witcher York Strother Ola Malmqvist Ola Malmqvist Ola Malmqvist Ola Malmqvist Ola Malmqvist Ola Malmqvist Douglas Geiwald Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory Kevin Cory
ITA RANKINGS RECORDS
SINGLES Preseason Marianne Vallin Regular Season Marianne Vallin Final Top-20 Rankings Marianne Vallin Elena Gantcheva Katarina Malec DOUBLES Preseason Gantcheva/Kristina Nedeltcheva Regular Season Gee Gee Garvin/Susie Kocsis Final Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva TEAM Preseason Regular Season Final
RK YEAR 10 1995 4
13 17 18
1994, ‘96 2006 2000
RK YEAR 5 2007 4
18 RK 17 14 20
2007 YEAR 2003 1997 2002
SEASON 1. Katarina Malec, 2000 2. Marianne Vallin, 1994 3. Marianne Vallin, 1997 4. Elena Gantcheva, 2006 Jolene Watanabe, 1989 6. Jolene Watanabe, 1987 7. Elena Gantcheva, 2005 Jolene Watanabe, 1990 Anna Castaneda, 1987 10. Diana Chavez, 1990 11. Elena Gantcheva, 2008 Gyorgyi Zsiros, 2002
39 37 34 33 33 32 31 31 31 30 29 29
CAREER 1. Marianne Vallin, 1994-97 2. Jolene Watanabe, 1987-90 3. Elena Gantcheva, 2005-08 4. Veronica Goude, 1997-2000 5. Claire Smith, 2004-07 Gyorgyi Zsiros, 2002-05 Mary Jacocks, 1987-90 8. Janelle Barr, 1991-94 9. Suzi Agassi, 1991-94 10. Nikol Dimitrova, 2006-09 11. Cindy Treber, 2003-06 12. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007-SA Marie Linusson, 1995-98
125 120 112 81 78 78 78 76 72 67 64 62 62
SEASON (Minimum 20 Matches) 1. Katarina Malec, 2000 (39-6) .867 2. Gyorgyi Zsiros, 2002 (29-7) .806 3. Marianne Vallin, 1994 (37-9) .804 4. Nikol Dimitrova, 2006 (16-4) .800 5. Elena Gantcheva, 2005 (31-8) .795 6. Shiera Stuart, 1992 (23-6) .793 7. Elena Gantcheva, 2006 (33-9) .786 Janelle Barr, 1992 (22-6) .786 Jolene Watanabe, 1989 (33-9) .786 10. Adrienn Hidvegi, 2009 (25-7) .781 11. Linda Tempelfelde, 2007 (22-7) .759 12. Jolene Watanabe, 1990 (31-10) .756
CAREER (Minimum Two Seasons) 1. Katarina Malec, 1999-2000 (46-11) .807 2. Elena Gantcheva, 2005-08 (112-37) .752 3. Marianne Vallin, 1994-97 (125-43) .744 4. Jolene Watanabe, 1987-90 (120-43) .736 5. Tracie Chong, 2002-03 (50-19) .725 6. Linda Tempelfelde, 2005-07 (49-20) .710 7. Janelle Barr, 1991-94 (76-32) .704 8. Adrienn Hidvegi, 2008-SA (40-18) .690 9. Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis, 2004-05 (44-20) .688 10. Katy Williams, 2007-09 (46-21) .687 11. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007-SA (62-30) .674 12. Anna Maskaljun, 2008-SA (43-23) .642
SEASON 1. Jolene Watanabe, 1987 2. Kristen Hess, 1987 3. Marianne Vallin, 1997 4. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2009 Katy Williams, 2009 Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007 Elena Gantcheva, 2008 Elena Gantcheva, 2007 Marianne Bakken, 2000 Katarina Malec, 2000 11. Gee Gee Garvin, 1997 12. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2008 Two others tied at 23
34 30 27 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 23 23
SEASON (Minimum 10 Matches) 1. Elena Gantcheva, 2007 (25-4) .862 Marianne Bakken, 2000 (25-4) .862 3. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007 (25-5) .833 Katarina Malec, 2000 (25-5) .833 Ljiljana Kordic, 1993 (10-2) .833 Rebecca Markosian, 1993 (10-2) .833 7. Marianne Vallin, 1994 (13-3) .813 Janelle Barr, 1994 (13-3) .813 9. Claire Smith, 2007 (23-7) .766 10. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2009 (25-8) .758 Katy Williams, 2009 (25-8) .758 12. Shiera Stuart, 1994 (12-4) .750 Kristen Hess, 1987 (30-10) .750
CAREER 1. Jolene Watanabe, 1987-90 2. Elena Gantcheva, 2005-08 3. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007-SA 4. Marianne Bakken, 1999-2002 5. Claire Smith, 2004-07 6. Gyorgyi Zsiros, 2002-05 7. Marianne Vallin, 1994-97 8. Alisa Razina, 2007-SA 9. Veronica Goude, 1997-2000 Rachel Clark, 1991-94 11. Cindy Pineda, 1986-88
84 79 73 72 71 69 62 57 56 56 50
CAREER (Minimum Two Seasons) 1. Kristina Nedeltcheva, 2007-SA (73-23) .760 2. Katarina Malec, 1999-00 (29-10) .744 3. Katy Williams, 2007-09 (41-18) .695 4. Alisa Razina, 2007-SA (57-26) .687 5. Elena Gantcheva, 2005-08 (79-37) .681 6. Marianne Vallin, 1994-97 (62-30) .674 7. Marianne Bakken, 1999-2002 (72-37) .661 8. Jolene Watanabe, 1987-90 (84-45) .651 9. Claire Smith, 2004-07 (71-39 .645 Gyorgyi Zsiros, 2002-05 (51-29) .645 11. Gee Gee Garvin, 1997-98 (44-26) .629
NOTE: Active players in bold. Records no not inlcude Fall 2009 results.
LADY REBEL ALL-AMERICANS Elena Gantcheva 20 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN 2006 2006, 2007, 2008 CONFERENCE MVP 20 2006 ITA REGIONAL PLAYER TO WATCH 20 FOUR-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE SINGLES FO 2005 MWC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR 20 2007, 2008 UNLV SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR 20
UNLV RECORD Year 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 Total
Singles 29-11 19-9 33-9 31-8 112-37
Doubles 25-10 25-4 15-12 14-11 79-37
The only woman in program history histor to earn top 10 rankings in both singles and doubles during her career, Elena Gantcheva became the first player in Mountain West Conference history to claim at least a share of league MVP honors three times during her stunning career. The 2005 MWC Freshman of the Year followed up her record-setting rookie year by becoming a sophomore All-American and posting her program’s highest singles ranking in nearly a decade. Rising as high as No. 8 in the nation en route to a 33-9 overall record, Gantcheva’s finish at 17 made her the third UNLV woman to place in the top 20. The native of Sofia, Bulgaria, left as the winningest singles player in MWC history -- male or female -- with a 26-4 mark vs. league foes, and also shattered the league record with nine career MWC Player of the Week nods in four years. Gantcheva also was part of the best doubles team in school history, teaming with Kristina Nedeltcheva to go to back-to-back NCAA tourneys and closing the 2007 campaign with a school-record high final ranking of 18th after rising as high as fifth.
Katarina Malec 2000 MWC WOMEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2000 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SINGLES SEMIFINALIST 2000 CONFERENCE MVP 2000 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN TWO-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE SINGLES 2000 UNLV SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
UNLV RECORD Year 1999-2000 1998-99 Total
Singles *39-5 7-5 46-10
Doubles 25-5 4-5 29-10
Two years at a junior college and some subsequent injuries cut Katarina Malec’s UNLV tennis career down to basically one season. But oh, what a season! The most dominant campaign in school history, Malec’s senior year of 1999-2000 began with a 12-3 fall tournament slate that thrust the native of Warsaw, Poland, from unranked to No. 23. After winning her first six dual-match outings, Malec lost two of three meetings but wouldn’t fall again until exactly three months later. Her biggest day may have come on April 4 when she first downed defending NCAA champ and fourth-ranked Zuzana Lesenorova of San Diego and then teamed with Marianne Bakken to nip Lesenorova and Katarina Valkyova — the top-ranked doubles team in the land — for the clinching victory in a 5-4 win over the Torreros on their home court. Later that month, Malec led her team into the inaugural Mountain West Conference tournament and helped the Lady Rebels earn their first-ever league championship in the sport. The 2000 MWC Player of the Year then made her way into her first NCAA Championships event and nearly stole the show in Malibu. After she and Bakken became the first UNLV entry to ever win a doubles match at the NCAAs, Malec reeled off four singles victories to crash the Final Four of women’s tennis. Malec was eliminated by the No. 1 seed — but not before becoming her school’s second All-American, posting a school-record 19-match winning streak, shattering the UNLV single-season win record with 39 and raising her record vs. ranked opponents to a stunning 17-3. The awards continued to roll in for the school’s career leader in winning percentage in both singles and doubles but her biggest honor was being named the inaugural MWC Student-Athlete of the Year.
Marianne Vallin 19 GLADYS HELDMAN AWARD WINNER 1997 1997 NEVADA NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR 19 1994, 1996, 1997 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN 19 1994, 1996, 1997 CONFERENCE MVP 19 EIGHT-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE SINGLES & DOUBLES EI 1996, 1997 UNLV SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR 19 2008 UNLV HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 20
UNLV RECORD Year 1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 1993-94 Total
Singles 34-12 28-11 26-11 37-9 *125-43
Doubles 27-10 11-10 11-7 13-3 62-30
When then-UNLV coach Ola Malmqvist labeled freshman Marianne Vallin the greatest recruit in school history back in 1993, he already knew what the college tennis world soon would learn — that the Swedish blonde would not only become a top collegian but also put Lady Rebel Tennis on the map. Consider the following: Before Vallin, UNLV never had a repeat conference player of the year. She did it three times. UNLV never had a NCAA championship qualifier in doubles. She did it three times. UNLV never had a player — male or female — win more than 120 matches in a career. She finished with 125. UNLV never appeared in a conference final. She led it to two. UNLV tennis never had a Sportswoman of the Year. She earned two straight. UNLV never was ranked in the top 25. She drove the Lady Rebels to No. 14. UNLV never had a player ranked in the top 10. She shot as high as fourth. Other firsts included winning the national Rookie of the Year award after a then-school-record 37 wins as a freshman and then earning the nod as Regional Senior of the Year after book-ending her career with another 30-win season. After owning the Big West for three years, she moved on to dominate the Western Athletic Conference en route to becoming her school’s first-ever WAC MVP in any sport. Her final record against league opponents was a shiny 26-3. Vallin’s legacy, however, is not simply defined by wins and losses. The two-time academic All-American as a psychology major reached the summit of student-athleticism in 1997 when she traveled to Dallas to pick up the prestigious Gladys Heldman Award as the senior tennis player who best balanced sports and education. Vallin retired from tennis after graduation and now is a successful businesswoman in Europe. In 2008 she returned to campus to become the first women’s tennis player inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame.
LADY REBEL HONORS UNLV ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME 2008 — Marianne Vallin
ALL-CONFERENCE* 2009 —
GLADYS HELDMAN AWARD (Nation’s Top Senior Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete)
MWC STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2007 — 2000 — Katarina Malec (Inaugural) ITA ALL-AMERICAN 2006 — Elena Gantcheva (Singles) 2000 — Katarina Malec (Singles) 1997 — Marianne Vallin (Singles) 1996 — Marianne Vallin (Singles) 1994 — Marianne Vallin (Singles) ITA NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1994 — Marianne Vallin ITA REGIONAL SENIOR OF THE YEAR 1997 — Marianne Vallin (West) ITA REGIONAL PLAYER TO WATCH 2006 — Elena Gantcheva (West) ITA REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR 2002 — Kevin Cory (West) 1997 — Ola Malmqvist (West)
2006 — 2005 —
2004 — 2003 — 2002 —
2001 — 2000 —
ITA REGIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR 2002 — Owen Hambrook (West) 1997 — Douglas Geiwald (West) UNLV FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2003 — Tracie Chong
1999 — 1998 — 1997 — 1996 —
ITA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE 2009 — Kristina Nedeltcheva, Katy Williams 2008 — Elena Gantcheva, Anna Maskaljun, Alisa Razina 1995 — 2007 — Mery Constanti, Claire Smith 2006 — Elena Gantcheva, Claire Smith 2005 — Sharon Marin, Lisa Lester, Claire Smith 2004 — Agnieszka Abram, Lisa Lester, Claire Smith 1994 — 2003 — Agnieszka Abram, Tracie Chong Amy Hadziosmanovic 2001 — Marianne Bakken 2000 — Veronica Goude, Katarina Malec 1999 — Veronica Goude, Susie Kocsis 1998 — Marie Linusson 1993 — 1997 — Marianne Vallin, Marie Linusson 1996 — Marianne Vallin 1995 — Jeannette Fylpaa, Ljiljana Kordic 1992 — ITA ALL-AMERICA ACADEMIC TEAM 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 2008 — Elena Gantcheva (Second Team) 2003 — Tracie Chong (Second Team) 2000 — Katarina Malec (Second Team) 1999 — Susie Kocsis (First Team)
UNLV SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR 2008 — Elena Gantcheva 2007 — Elena Gantcheva 2000 — Katarina Malec 1997 — Marianne Vallin 1996 — Marianne Vallin
Nikol Dimitrova, first team singles Kristina Nedeltcheva, first team singles Katy Williams, first team singles Nedeltcheva/Williams, first team doubles Elena Gantcheva, first team singles Kristina Nedeltcheva, first team singles Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva, first team doubles Elena Gantcheva, first team singles Kristina Nedeltcheva, first team singles Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva, first team doubles Elena Gantcheva, first team singles Nikol Dimitrova, first team singles Elena Gantcheva, first team singles Gyorgyi Zsiros, first team singles Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis, first team singles Gantcheva/Sharon Marin, first team doubles Gyorgyi Zsiros, first team singles Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis, first team singles Hall of Famer Marianne Vallin remains the Zsiros/Claire Smith, first team doubles most decorated Lady Rebel in history. Paulina Janus, first team singles Tracie Chong, first team singles CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gyorgyi Zsiros, first team singles 2008 — Elena Ganthcheva (MWC) Paulina Janus, first team singles 2007 — Elena Ganthcheva (MWC-Co) Agnieszka Abram, first team singles 2006 — Elena Ganthcheva (MWC) Gyorgyi Zsiros, first team singles Janus/Abram, first team doubles 2000 — Katarina Malec (MWC) Paulina Janus, first team singles 1997 — Marianne Vallin (WAC) Agnieszka Abram, first team singles 1996 — Marianne Vallin (Big West) Janus/Abram, first team doubles 1994 — Marianne Vallin (Big West) Katarina Malec, first team singles 1990 — Jolene Watanabe (Big West) Veronica Goude, first team singles Malec/Bakken, first team doubles CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Katarina Malec, first team singles 2005 — Elena Gantcheva (MWC) Gee Gee Garvin, first team singles 2002 — Gyorgyi Zsiros (MWC) Garvin/Kocsis, first team doubles 2001 — Agnieszka Abram (MWC) Marianne Vallin, first team singles Vallin/Garvin, first team doubles CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR Natalie Frawley, second team singles 2002 — Kevin Cory (MWC) Marianne Vallin, first team singles 2000 — Kevin Cory (MWC) Lisa Annebro, first team singles Vallin/Alenius, first team doubles CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Sofia Alenius, second team singles 2009 — Kristina Nedeltcheva Marie Linusson, first team singles (MWC: Jan. 21, Feb. 25, March 18, April 1 & April 21) Marianne Vallin, first team singles 2008 — Elena Gantcheva Vallin/Copano, first team doubles (MWC: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, April 10 & 30) Lisa Annebro, second team singles 2007 — Elena Gantcheva (MWC: March 24 & April 4) Marianne Vallin, first team singles 2006 — Elena Gantcheva (MWC: Feb. 1 & March 28) Shiera Stuart, second team singles 2005 — Elena Gantcheva (MWC: March 23) Suzi Agassi, second team singles Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis (March 2) Rachel Clark, second team singles 2004 — Gyorgyi Zsiros (MWC: April 14) Vallin/Clark, first team doubles 2003 — Tracie Chong (MWC: Jan. 29 & April 2) Markosian/Kordic, second team doubles 2002 — Paulina Janus (MWC: Feb. 5 & March 27) Rebecca Markosian, first team singles Marianne Bakken (Feb. 21) Rachel Clark, second team singles 2001 — Paulina Janus (MWC: April 4 & 19) Barr/Stuart, second team doubles 2000 — Katarina Malec Janelle Barr (No. 4 singles runner-up)* (MWC: Feb. 2 & 14, March 22 & April 5) Janelle Barr, first team singles Sarit Shalev, second team singles 1997 — Marianne Vallin (WAC: April 14 & 21) Agassi/Lane, first team doubles Shalev/Markosian, second team doubles Jolene Watanabe, first team singles Diana Chavez, second team singles Katarina Watanabe/Chavez, first team doubles Malec was Jolene Watanabe, first team singles named the Diana Chavez, second team singles first-ever Watanabe/Chavez, second team doubles MWC StudentTami Agassi (No. 2 singles runner-up)* Athlete of the Anna Castaneda (No. 4 singles champion)* Year. Watanabe/Pineda (No. 1 doubles runner-up)* T. Agassi/Castaneda (No. 2 doubles champion)* Pineda/Howe (No. 1 doubles runner-up)* *1986-88, 1992 conference honorees decided by individual championships
ALL-TIME ROSTER -AAbram, Agnieszka (2001-04) Abrums, Roene (1973-77) Agassi, Suzi (1991-94) Agassi, Tami (1988) Albers, Jana (2009-SA) Alenius, Sofia (1996) Annebro, Lisa (1995-98)
-BBaechle, Brenda (1987) Bakken, Marianne (1999-2002) Barr, Janelle (1991-94) Belfrage, Charlotta (1988-89) Bourchier, Ella (2009-SA) Brandywynne, Alexandria (1973-77) Bustamante, Phyllis (1986)
-CCampbell, Susan (1988) Carter, Allison (1976-79) Castaneda, Anna (1987-88) Chan, Kristen (1973-75) Chavez, Diana (1989-90) Chong, Tracie (2002-03) Clark, Rachel (1991-94) Constanti, Mery (2004-07) Corrado, Terri (1978-81) Copano, Astrid (1995)
-DDavis, Andrea (1998) Dickinson, Debby (1977-81) Dimitrova, Nikol (2006-09)
-EElliot, Tish (1978-81) Evans, Lisa (1987-88)
-FFerguson, Rose (1986-87) Fink, Cathy (1976-77) Foley, Liz (1977-81) Frawley, Natalie (1997) Fylpaa, Jeannette (1993-96)
-GGabl, Britta (1998-2001) Gantcheva, Elena (2005-08) Garvin, Gee Gee (1997-98) Gilbertson, Stephanie (1978-79) Goude, Veronica (1997-2000)
-HHadziosmanovic, Amy (2000-03) Heller, Ann (1977) Hess, Kristen (1987) Hidvegi, Adrienn (2008-SA) Higa, Debbie (1989-90) Howe, Jane (1986-87)
-JJacocks, Mary (1987-90) Janus, Paulina (2001-03) Jenner, Judy (1996) Jonnson, Madeleine (1989-90)
Kocergin, Jelena (1997-98) Kocsis, Susie (1998-99) Kordic, Ljiljana (1993-96) Kriesler, Kay (1977) Kunzer, Tina (1973-75)
Umeno, Sandra (1987-88)
Watanabe, Jolene (1987-90) White, Jackie (2001-03) Williams, Katy (2007-09) Wolff, Denise (1978-81) Wyatt, Nicole (1981)
-VValkenhoff, Macella (1998-99) Vallin, Marianne (1994-97) Vargas, Cory (1995-97)
Lane, Teal (1988-92) Laudenschlager, Mary (1988-92) LeDuff, Clare (1978-81) Lester, Lisa (2004-05) Linusson, Marie (1995-98) Lucero, Dianna (1978-80)
-ZZsiros, Gyorgyi (2002-05)
-MMacDonald, Sharron (1977-78) Maland, Carol (1978-80) Malec, Katarina (1999-2000) Marin, Sharon (2005-08) Markosian, Rebecca (1991-94) Maskaljun, Anna (2008-SA) Mattu, Sasha (1997) Michael, Kimberly (1981) Miller, Cherie (1986) Moreno, Annisa (2000)
-NNava, Aleli (1987-88) Nedeltcheva, Kristina (2007-SA)
-OOosthuizen, Leentjie (2002) Ortiz-Luis, Anne Claire (2004-05)
-PParraquirre, Kathy (1978-81) Pavlovic, Nives (2010-SA) Pineda, Cindy (1986-88)
The 2003 Lady Rebels won the schoolâ€™s first-ever regularseason Mountain West Conference championship.
LADY REBEL COACHING HISTORY Womenâ€™s tennis at UNLV existed under the guidance of Alice Mason for many years before becoming a varsity intercollegiate sport in time for the 1973 season. Mason remained as head coach through 1975. Joan Gillette took over in 1976 and she was followed by Marilyn Worcott in 1977. Former player Tina KunzerMurphy served as head coach from 1978 until 1981 when the program was disbanded for financial reasons, only to be resurrected five seasons later. No records exist for any year before 1986.
-RRadanovic, Urska (1999-2001) Razina, Alisa (2007-SA) Reardon, Janice (1976-78) Ricks, Kathy (1978) Rogers, Kellie (2000) Ronneberg, Kirsten (1989)
-SSeidel, Kim (1986-87) Serrano, Estefania (2005) Shalev, Sarit (1991) Slater, Dauna Sleeper, Marie (1986) Smith, Claire (2004-07) Sobers, Linsay (2004) Stuart, Shiera (1992-95) Sylvis, Beth (1989)
Tina Kunzer (1978-81) Seasons Record Pct. 4 Not available
Craig Witcher (1986-91) Seasons Record Pct. 6 112-89 .557
York Strother (1992) Seasons Record Pct. 1 18-5 .783
Ola Malmqvist (1993-98) Seasons Record Pct. 6 71-46 .607
Douglas Geiwald (1999) Seasons Record Pct. 1 9-14 .391
Kevin Cory (2000-SA) Seasons Record Pct. 10 162-79 .672
-TTaylor, Venita (1978-81) Tempelfelde, Linda (2005-07) Terzieva, Rumyana (2009-SA) Tsumas, Sandie (1977-80) Treber, Cindy (2003-06) Tsang, Suzanne (2002) Tsumas, Sandie (1977-80)
LADY REBELS AT THE NCAAS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 2008 – ELENA GANTCHEVA (1-1 in tour.) First Round Singles #3 Hilary Barte (Stanford) def. Gantcheva (UNLV) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 2008 – ELENA GANTCHEVA/KRISTINA NEDELTCHEVA (0-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles va 6-3, 6 3, 6-2 62 Susie Babos/Stephanie Kusano (California) def. Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva r.) 2007 – ELENA GANTCHEVA/KRISTINA NEDELTCHEVA (1-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva (UNLV) def. #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16 Doubles
MARIANNE VALLIN MA
1994 ‘95, ‘96, ‘97 Singles 1994, 19 ‘95, ‘97 Doubles 1994,
Lindsay Burdette/Anne Yelsey (Stanford) def. Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva 6-3, 6-1
2006 – ELENA GANTCHEVA (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Gantcheva (UNLV) 6-2, 6-4 ELENA GANTCHEVA 2005 – ELENA GANTCHEVA (0-0 in tour.) 2005, ‘06, ‘08 Singles First Round Singles 2007, ‘08 Doubles Withdrew from field because of injury 2001 – PAULINA JANUS (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Liesl Fitchbauer (Fresno St.) def. Janus (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1 KATARINA MALEC K 2000 – KATARINA MALEC (4-1 in tour.) 2000 Singles, Doubles 20 First Round Singles Malec (UNLV) def. Katarina Safarova (USC) 6-0, 6-1 Second Round Singles Malec def. Carmina Giraldo (Clemson) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Round of 16 Singles PAULINA JANUS Malec def. Alison Bradshaw (ASU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 2001 Si Singles l Quarterfinal Singles Malec def. Bruna Colosio (LSU) 2-6, 6-2 6-0 Semifinal Singles Marissa Irvin (Stanford) def. Malec 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 2000 – KATARINA MALEC/MARIANNE BAKKEN (1-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles JOLENE JOL LENE WATANABE 1990 Singles Malec/Bakken (UNLV) def. Maria Galoustova/Ashleigh Dolman (Oklahoma State) 6-0 5-7 6-2 Round of 16 Doubles Amy Jensen/Claire Curran (Cal) def. Malec/Bakken 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 1998 – GEE GEE GARVIN/SUSIE KOCSIS (0-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles KRISTINA NEDELTCHEVA 2007, ‘08 Doubles Cristina Moros/Sandy Sureephong (Texas) def. Garvin/Kocsis (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1 1997 — MARIANNE VALLIN (1-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Vallin (UNLV) def. Karen Goldstein (Arizona) 7-6, 6-4 GEE GEE GARVIN Second Round Singles 1997, ‘98 Doubles Baili Camino (Alabama) def. Vallin 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 1997 — MARIANNE VALLIN/GEE GEE GARVIN (0-1) First Round Doubles Colleen Lucey/Melissa Zimpfer (Wisconsin) MARIANNE BAKKEN def. Vallin/Garvin (UNLV) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 2000 Doubles 1996 — MARIANNE VALLIN (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Agnes Muzamel (Ole Miss) def. Vallin (UNLV) 6-3, 7-5 1995 — MARIANNE VALLIN (1-1 in tour.) First Round SinglesVallin (UNLV) def. Margie Lepsi (Tenn.) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 SUSIE KOCSIS Second Round Singles 1998 Doubles Ania Bleszynski (Stanford) def. Vallin 6-3, 7-6 1995 — MARIANNE VALLIN/ASTRID COPANO (0-1) First Round Doubles Camille Baldrich/Kristen Jones (Illinois) ASTRID COPANO def. Vallin/Copano (UNLV) 6-1, 6-2 1995 Doubles 1994 — MARIANNE VALLIN (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Boba Tzvetkova (Clemson) def. Vallin (UNLV) 6-2, 6-1 1994 — MARIANNE VALLIN/RACHEL CLARK (0-1) First Round Doubles RACHEL CLARK Suzanne Italiano/Petra Schmitt (Southern Cal) def. Clark/Vallin (UNLV) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 1994 Doubles 1990 — JOLENE WATANABE (1-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Watanabe (UNLV) def. Debbie Moringiello (Tennessee) 6-0, 6-3 Second Round Singles Debbie Graham (Stanford) def. Watanabe 6-1, 6-3
Katarina Malec (above) was the first UNLV woman to reach the semifinal round in NCAA Tournament play. Malec and doubles partner Marianne Bakken (below) won the school’s first NCAA doubles match in 2000.
2009 – NCAA UCLA REGIONAL-Los Angeles Lost 4-0 to Arizona State in semifinals 2008 – NCAA USC REGIONAL-Los Angeles Lost 4-0 to Pepperdine in semifinals 2007 – NCAA CAL REGIONAL-Berkeley Lost 4-0 to Arizona State in semifinals 2005 – NCAA Texas REGIONAL-Austin Lost 4-0 to Texas A&M in semifinals 2003 – NCAA WEST REGIONAL-Seattle Lost 4-0 to Illinois in semifinals 2002 – NCAA WEST REGIONAL-Los Angeles Lost 4-2 to Oregon in semifinals 1998 – NCAA WEST REGIONAL-Las Vegas Won 5-1 over Washington State in first round Lost 5-2 to Pepperdine in semifinals
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
he newest college athletics league in the nation has emerged as one of the best. The Mountain West Conference, which officially commenced operation on July 1, 1999, was conceived when eight schools announced they were breaking away from the Western Athletic Conference. Those teams -- Utah, Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming -- brought immediate credibility to their new league. The split from the former 16-team WAC signaled the end to an unwieldy nine-state, five-time zone conference. However, the Mountain West Conference has maintained its geographical diversity. Some of the most beautiful geography in the nation can be found within Mountain West Conference boundaries, including the unparalleled Rocky Mountain range, which borders four MWC schools (Utah, BYU, Air Force and Colorado State). The high plains of Wyoming (elevation 7,000 feet) contrast with the desert city of Las Vegas (the fastest growing metropolitan area in the West), the balmy weather and Pacific Ocean locale of San Diego State and the southwestern flavor of New Mexico complements the western heritage and culture of Fort Worth, Texas, home of the MWC’s newest member TCU, which began competing in the 2005-06 season. The Mountain West Conference office is located in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is under the guidance of the only commissioner it has ever known, Craig Thompson.
2009 WOMEN’S STANDINGS PL 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
SCHOOL (ITA RNK) UNLV (43) TCU (29) San Diego State (42) BYU (64) New Mexico Utah (63) Colorado State Wyoming Air Force
MWC TOUR 8-0 2-1 7-1 3-0 6-2 0-1 5-3 0-1 4-4 1-1 3-5 1-1 2-6 0-1 1-7 0-1 0-8 0-1
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ola Abou-Zekry, New Mexico FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR McCall Jones, BYU COACH OF THE YEAR Jeff Hammond, TCU ALL-MWC SINGLES Ola Abou-Zekry, New Mexico Kristina Doerr, Jr., BYU McCall Jones, Fr., BYU Laura Neal, Jr., Colorado State Ola Abou-Zekry, Sr., New Mexico Mackenzie White, Sr., New Mexico Holly Bagshaw, Sr., San Diego State Kayla Duncan, Fr., TCU Macall Harkins, Sr.,TCU Katariina Tuohimaa, So., TCU Nikol Dimitrova, Sr., UNLV Kristina Nedeltcheva, Jr., UNLV Katy Williams, Sr., UNLV Anastasia Putilina, Fr., Utah Erin Monson, Jr., Utah Sarah Summerfield, Jr., Wyoming ALL-MWC DOUBLES McCall Jones/Kristina Doerr, BYU Megan Price/Elle Carney, BYU Ola Abou-Zekry/Emma Hayman, New Mexico Holly Bagshaw/Julia Trunk, San Diego State Katariina Tuohimaa/Kayla Duncan, TCU Kristina Nedeltcheva/Katy Williams, UNLV Erin Monson/Andrea Maughan, Utah
2009 MEN’S STANDINGS
The 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships for both men’s and women’s tennis will take place April 28-May 1 in Las Vegas.
PL SCHOOL (ITA RNK) MWC TOUR 1. TCU (38) 5-1 1-1 2. New Mexico (45) 4-2 3-0 Utah (51) 4-2 0-1 4. BYU (64) 3-3 0-1 5. San Diego State (42) 2-3 1-1 6. UNLV (73) 2-4 1-1 7. Air Force 0-5 0-1 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Johnny Parkes, New Mexico FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Mehdi Bouras, UNLV COACH OF THE YEAR Alan Dils, New Mexico ALL-MWC SINGLES Evan Urbina, So., BYU Johnny Parkes, Sr., New Mexico Graeme Kassautzki, Sr., New Mexico Achim Ceban, Jr., San Diego State Juan Gomez, Jr., San Diego State Emanu Brighiu, So., TCU Kriegler Brink, Sr., TCU Slah Mbarek, Fr., TCU Mehdi Bouras, Fr., UNLV Elliot Wronski, Sr., UNLV Phillip Eilers, Jr., Utah Wes Hancock, Sr., Utah ALL-MWC DOUBLES Johnny Parkes/Miles Bugby, New Mexico Achim Ceban/Juan Gomez, San Diego State Adrian Simon/Emanu Brighiu, TCU Kriegler Brink/Slah Mbarek, TCU Elliot Wronski/Luca Barlocchi, UNLV Wes Hancock/Phillip Eilers, Utah
The 2000 UNLV women’s tennis team defeated BYU in the final of the first-ever Mountain West Conference championship tournament.
MOUNTAIN WEST QUICK FACTS FOUNDED: 1999 COMMISSIONER: Craig Thompson ADDRESS: 15455 Gleneagle Dr. Suite 200 Colorado Springs, CO 80921 PHONE: (719) 488-4040 TENNIS CONTACT: Chelsea Guetz E-MAIL: (cguetz@theMWC.com) OFFICE PHONE: (719) 487-2451 CELL PHONE: (303) 263-5811 WEBSITE: www.TheMWC.com
SEASON IN REVIEW REBELS ENJOYED HOT START, BIG FINISH IN ‘09 The UNLV men’s tennis team had a lot going for it in 2009: The singles lineup featured star senior Elliot Wronski at the top spot, while another senior, Wesley Burrows led the team with 22 wins. Junior Luca Barlocchi added a third 20-match winner to the upper half while freshman Mehdi Bouras was a breakout performer at No. 2. In fact, another freshman, Attila Toth proved to be solid as a fifth man. However, as the first five spots all sported winning percentages over 62 percent, the sixth and final lineup position saw four players combine to go just 8-18 during the spring. Being top heavy was a big reason UNLV battled inconsistency and suffered through a mid-season slump that prevented an even better record than the still-solid final 14-12 mark posted by the squad. Things certainly started out well for head coach Owen Hambrook in his sixth year at the helm. A doubleheader sweep kicked things off on Jan. 24 as host UNLV downed UMKC and Weber State by a combined score of 13-1. The good news continued the following weekend when the Rebels, who started the season unranked, shut out No. 68 San Francisco. Playing next on Super Bowl Sunday, the Rebs notched a second straight ranked win, this time over No. 75 Nebraska. The visitors took a 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches to start the morning but UNLV rebounded in singles play. Wronski, ranked 111th, won his seventh straight match, 6-4, 7-5 over No. 74 Dave Bendhiem. Spoils of success that week included Wronski becoming just the second men’s player in school history to earn at least five conference player-ofthe-week honors, joining Henner Nehles (five from 2003-05), and the team returning to the national rankings at No. 72. UNLV would improve to 5-0 for the first time since the formation of the Mountain West a decade earlier with a solid 5-0 victory over visiting Cal Poly. However, with rain making the Fertitta courts unplayable, UNLV and New Mexico State headed indoors to the International Tennis Centre and staged a monumental match that featured four three-setters. The Rebels led 3-2 but the undefeated Aggies won the final two matches in the 4-3 upset. After its impressive start, UNLV would make it two straight losses as Southern Miss prevailed 5-2 on Feb. 8.
Elliot Wronski finished his Rebel career ranked 11th in career singles wins with 72.
The Rebels rebounded in a big way, rallying to upset No. 69 UC Irvine. The Anteaters took a 3-0 lead but all of the four remaining matches split sets. After Burrows, Bouras and Barlocchi prevailed, all eyes turned to the top of the lineup where Wronski was battling Wes Miller point for point. The entire match would be decided by a third-set tiebreaker and the senior from Great Britain took it 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. A doubleheader sweep of UC Riverside and Utah State preceded The first of two Senior Days for (L-R) Head Coach Owen a shutout of Northern Arizona that Hambrook, Assistant Coach Beck Roghaar, Wesley improved the Rebels to 9-2 on the Burrows and Elliot Wronski. season, matching the program’s best start since boasting the same record in 1994. “We ended up getting a second senior day and That would be the high-water mark for the year, it was fitting that today came down to Elliot playing however, as three consecutive home losses to his final match here at UNLV and again coming higher-ranked teams followed. Despite the negative through for us,” said Hambrook about his team’s streak, UNLV’s earlier wins helped propel it 13 spots highest-ranked win since the Rebels shocked No. up the rankings to 59th – the best showing for the 10 Oklahoma State on March 13, 2005. Rebels since April of 2006. It was a little old and a little new sharing the A 5-2 victory over Ball State not only slowed the spotlight at the conference awards banquet in bleeding but also meant that UNLV had already Albuquerque as senior Wronski and freshman matched the team’s win total – 10 – from all of 2008. Bouras were among a trio of Rebels honored as After a pair of disappointing showings in San part of the 2009 All-MWC tennis team. Diego vs. two top 30 teams, the Rebels staged Wronski, who turned it on late to finish 5-1 vs. what they thought was Senior Day 2009 by league foes, was named first team in both singles welcoming Idaho State and not losing a single set and doubles for the third consecutive year. He to the Bengals to help honor their two departing joined two-time NCAA champion Luke Smith four-year starters. (1994-97) as the only Rebels to get at least three “Elliot and Wes have been two unbelievable first team nods in both singles and doubles. He players for us over these four years and their was also honored for his doubles work with partner contributions to our program on and off the courts Barlocchi, who was all-league in singles a year will not be forgotten,” said Hambrook. previous. UNLV, which was stuck with the unusual hurdle of Joining Wronski on the singles team was Bouras having zero home matches on its MWC slate, was who was also voted the 2009 MWC Freshman scheduled to open vs. San Diego State in a neutral of the Year after turning in a 17-7 singles mark site in Colorado. A blizzard prevented the Aztecs en route to becoming only the second Rebel to from making the trip so the Rebels instead went earn the major honor, joining Aviram Salomon indoors the next day and shut out Air Force. in 2002. A string of missed opportunities followed as the The next day, sixth-seeded UNLV avenged a Rebels lost close matches to No. 34 New Mexico, close regular-season loss to Utah by upsetting No. 54 Utah and No. 50 TCU in consecutive outings the third-seeded and 49th-ranked Utes 4-2 during before BYU dominated them 6-1 to wrap up a four- quarterfinal action. game conference losing skid. The Rebels, who fell 4-3 to Utes three weeks Making up the match that was originally scheduled earlier after losing the doubles point, this time to be played in Colorado Springs, UNLV earned its rebounded to dominate singles play and end the biggest win of the season, 4-3 over No. 42 SDSU Utes season. Wronski tied things with a quick win in sunny Las Vegas. at the top of the lineup. Utah then scored its second The Aztecs began the morning by taking two point with a straight-set win on court six. UNLV of three doubles matches for a 1-0 lead. Moving quickly retied it when Barlocchi finished at No. 4 to singles, UNLV got three straight-set wins to and then took the lead for good with a victory by get back in it as Bouras, Toth and then Barlocchi Bouras at No. 2. With the Rebels also leading big on all came through. With the Aztecs getting wins at court five, the match ended when the squad’s other Nos. 3 and 6, attention again moved to court one. senior, Burrows, closed out his opponent. Wronski W won the first set over Achim Ceban 6-3, UNLV saw its run end with a 4-1 semifinal defeat but b saw the second get away from him in a 7-6 at the hands of host New Mexico, which ended tiebreaker. t Wronski was leading 4-1 in the deciding up winning the team title. The Rebels, who had set s when Ceban retired, which clinched the upset downed top 50 teams in consecutive matches, for f the hosts. ended their season ranked 73rd.
SEASON IN REVIEW 2009 TEAM RESULTS Overall: 14-12 DATE Jan. 24, 2009 Jan. 24, 2009 Jan. 30, 2009 Feb. 1, 2009 Feb. 6, 2009 Feb. 7, 2009 Feb. 8, 2009 Feb. 13, 2009 Feb. 21, 2009 Feb. 21, 2009 Feb. 26, 2009 Feb. 28, 2009 March 5, 2009 March 7, 2009 March 12, 2009 March 14, 2009 March 16, 2009 March 24, 2009 March 28, 2009 March 29, 2009 April 2, 2009 April 3, 2009 April 4, 2009 April 19, 2009 April 23, 2009 April 24, 2009
OPPONENT LOCATION UMKC Las Vegas WEBER STATE Las Vegas #68 SAN FRANCISCO Las Vegas #75 NEBRASKA Las Vegas CAL POLY Las Vegas NEW MEXICO STATE Las Vegas SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI Las Vegas #69 UC IRVINE Las Vegas UC RIVERSIDE Las Vegas UTAH STATE Las Vegas NORTHERN ARIZONA Las Vegas #56 OKLAHOMA Las Vegas #14 PEPPERDINE Las Vegas #40 FRESNO STATE Las Vegas BALL STATE Las Vegas vs. #30 Texas Tech San Diego vs. #27 Minnesota San Diego IDAHO STATE Las Vegas at Air Force* Colorado Springs vs. #34 New Mexico* Colorado Springs at #54 Utah* Salt Lake City vs. #50 TCU* Salt Lake City vs. BYU* Salt Lake City #42 SAN DIEGO STATE* Las Vegas vs. #49 Utah& Las Vegas at #43 New Mexico* Las Vegas *MWC Match
vs. Ranked: 5-9
W/L SCORE ALL W 6-1 1-0 W 7-0 2-0 W 7-0 3-0 W 4-3 4-0 W 5-2 5-0 L 3-4 5-1 L 3-4 5-2 W 4-3 6-2 W 6-1 7-2 W 6-1 8-2 W 7-0 9-2 L 1-6 9-3 L 1-6 9-4 L 2-5 9-5 W 5-2 10-5 L 1-6 10-6 L 2-5 10-7 W 7-0 11-7 W 7-0 12-7 L 2-5 12-8 L 3-4 12-9 L 2-5 12-10 L 1-6 12-11 W 4-3 13-11 W 4-2 14-11 L 1-4 14-12 &MWC Tournament
MWC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-1 1-2 1-3 1-4 2-4 2-4 2-4
RANK NR NR NR NR #72 #72 #72 NR #73 #73 #75 #75 #72 #72 #59 #59 #59 #65 #65 #65 #65 #65 #65 NR NR NR
2008-09 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SINGLES (ITA RANK) TOTAL Elliot Wronski 20-12 Mehdi Bouras 18-8 Wesley Burrows 22-13 Luca Barlocchi 21-12 Attila Toth 17-12 Bryan Miller 8-12 Nikolaj Wulff 6-9 Matthew Kunkel 2-8 Andrew Giuffrida 3-3 TOTALS 117-89 PERCENTAGES .568
DUAL 15-8 18-8 16-10 17-8 15-8 4-8 6-9 1-2 0-0 92-61 .601
DOUBLES (ITA RANK) Luca Barlocchi/Elliot Wronski (76) Mehdi Bouras/Wesley Burrows Luca Barlocchi/Attila Toth Bryan Miller/Nikolaj Wulff Bryan Miller/Attila Toth Mehdi Bouras/Bryan Miller Wesley Burrows/Elliot Wronski Wesley Burrows/Bryan Miller Matthew Kunkel/Nikolaj Wulff Mehdi Bouras/Attila Toth Luca Barlocchi/Nikolaj Wulff Attila Toth/Nikolaj Wulff Wesley Burrows/Attila Toth Andrew Giuffrida/Matthew Kunkel Luca Barlocchi/Bryan Miller Matthew Kunkel/Attila Toth Matthew Kunkel/Bryan Miller Luca Barlocchi/Andrew Giuffrida TOTALS PERCENTAGES
No. 6 --------3-3 1-5 3-8 1-2 --8-18 .308
UNLV TEAM RANKINGS PRESEASON: NR Feb. 3: 72 Feb. 19: 73 Feb. 24: 75 March 3: 72 March 10: 59 March 17: 65 March 24: 65 March 31: 65 April 27: 74 FINAL: 73 ELLIOT WRONSKI SINGLES RANKINGS PRESEASON: 49 Jan. 6: 111 Feb. 19: 98 WRONSKI/BARLOCCHI DOUBLES RANKINGS PRESEASON: NR Jan. 6: 54 Feb. 19: 46 March 17: 75 March 31: 79 April 14: 77 April 21: 75 April 27: 89 FINAL: 76
TOUR 5-4 0-0 6-3 4-4 2-4 4-4 0-0 1-6 3-3 25-28 .472
MWC 5-1 3-3 1-5 3-3 5-1 0-1 1-2 0-2 0-0 18-18 .500
No. 1 15-8 3-0 --------------18-8 .692
No. 2 --15-8 --3-0 ----------18-8 .692
No. 3 ----7-3 9-7 ----------16-10 .615
No. 4 ----9-7 5-1 1-0 2-0 ------17-8 .680
No. 5 --------11-5 1-3 3-1 ----15-9 .625
CAREER 72-41 18-8 66-51 57-32 17-12 14-26 6-9 3-17 8-10
TOTAL 19-10 6-7 1-1 0-1 1-2 2-2 0-1 5-4 1-0 1-7 0-1 3-5 9-4 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-3 1-0 49-51 .490
DUAL 14-9 6-7 1-1 0-1 1-2 2-2 0-1 5-4 1-0 1-7 0-1 3-5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 35-42 .455
TOUR 5-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 8-2 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-3 1-0 14-9 .609
MWC 2-4 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 6-12 .333
No. 1 14-9 0-1 --------0-1 1-0 --------------------15-11 .577
No. 2 --3-2 1-1 --------2-3 --0-3 0-1 3-4 1-2 ----------10-16 .385
No. 3 --3-4 --Wesley Burrows (above) finished 10th in 0-1 career doubles wins with 69. The 2008-09 1-2 2-2 Rebels closed their regular season with an upset --- of San Diego State for the second straight spring. 2-1 1-0 1-4 --0-1 ------------10-15 .400
REBEL RECORDS Two-time Big West MVP Scott Warner (1984-87) tops the Rebels’ season and career wins lists.
MEN’S YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS
SINGLES SEASON 1. Scott Warner, 1986 2. Pat Boies, 1991 3. Scott Warner, 1987 Scot Hunter, 1980 5. Roger Pettersson, 1994 6. Henner Nehles, 2005 7. Eric Aanes, 1990 Don Roesler, 1979 Bruce Stubbs, 1978 10. Roger Pettersson, 1996 Matt McDougall, 1980 Sammy Alvarez, 1980 George Morrissey, 1979
YEAR ALL CONF TOUR MWC COACH 1969-73 No records available 1974 13-13 — Fred Albrecht 1975 18-5 — Fred Albrecht 1976 24-7 — Fred Albrecht 1977 25-5 — Fred Albrecht 1978 25-13 — Fred Albrecht 1979 26-7 — Fred Albrecht 1980 25-13 — Fred Albrecht CAREER 1981 15-9 — Fred Albrecht 1. Scott Warner, 1984-87 1982 34-5 NA/4th NA Fred Albrecht 2. Roger Pettersson, 1993-96 1983 25-3 NA/3rd NA Fred Albrecht Pat Boies, 1990-93 1984 14-11 NA/6th NA Mike Mushkin 4. Scot Hunter, 1979-82 1985 14-11 NA/6th NA Jack Pate 5. George Morrissey, 1976-79 1986 14-19 NA/6th NA Craig Witcher 6. Matt McDougall, 1980-83 1987 16-10 NA/3rd NA Craig Witcher 7. Asaf Tishler, 1996-99 1988 7-20 NA/7th NA Craig Witcher 8. Bruce Stubbs, 1975-78 1989 15-11 NA/5th NA Craig Witcher 1990 12-15 NA/4th NA Craig Witcher 9. Eric Aanes, 1989-92 1991 18-11 NA/5th NA Craig Witcher Lee Rosenthal, 1986-87, 88-89 1992 8-8 NA/4th NA Larry Easley 11. Elliot Wronski, 2006-09 1993 11-7 NA/2nd NA Larry Easley 1994 17-8 3-0/1st NA Larry Easley 1995 11-11 3-0/1st NA Larry Easley 1996 17-8 3-0/1st NA Larry Easley 1997 20-7 2-1/2nd NA Larry Easley SEASON 1998 12-11 1-1/T5th NA Larry Easley 1. Roger Pettersson, 1996 1999 12-10 2-1/T3rd NA Larry Easley 2. Luke Smith, 1996 2000 8-14 1-2/3rd NA Larry Easley 3. Tim Blenkiron, 1997 2001 13-10 2-1/2nd 2-3/T3rd Larry Easley Asaf Tishler, 1997 2002 10-12 1-1/5th 2-3/5th Larry Easley Matt McDougall, 1980 2003 2-14 0-2/6th 0-5/6th Larry Easley Scot Hunter, 1980 2004 12-7 0-1/T3rd 5-2/3rd Owen Hambrook 7. Luke Smith, 1997 2005 16-8 1-1/T3rd 2-3/4th Owen Hambrook Jerry Berg, 1978 2006 13-9 0-1/T5th 2-4/4th Owen Hambrook 9. George Morrissey, 1979 2007 13-14 3-0/1st 3-3/T3rd Owen Hambrook Greg Menster, 1978 2008 10-12 0-1/T5th 3-3/T3rd Owen Hambrook Bruce Stubbs, 1978 2009 14-12 1-1/T3rd 2-4/6th Owen Hambrook
ITA RANKINGS RECORDS SINGLES Roger Pettersson Regular Season Roger Pettersson Final Top-20 Rankings Roger Pettersson Luke Smith DOUBLES Preseason Luke Smith/Asaf Tishler Regular Season Zivkovic/Skorin Final Luke Smith/Tim Blenkiron Luke Smith/R. Pettersson TEAM Preseason Regular Season Final
29 16 27
1997 1996 1996
George Morrissey, 1977 Murray Peterson, 1977 Jerry Berg, 1976
CAREER 1. George Morrissey, 1976-79 2. Scot Hunter, 1979-82 3. Luke Smith, 1994-97 4. Matt McDougall, 1980-83 5. Asaf Tishler, 1996-99 Tim Blenkiron, 1994-97 7. Jerry Berg, 1976-78 8. Bruce Stubbs, 1975-78 9. Roger Pettersson, 1993-96 10. Wesley Burrows, 2006-09 Scott Warner, 1984-87
35 33 31 31 30 29 28 28 28 27 27 27 27 112 97 97 91 89 88 85 80 73 73 72
SEASON (Minimum 20 Matches) 1. Phil Agassi, 1983 (25-2) 2. Scott Warner, 1984 (25-3) 3. Phil Agassi, 1982 (30-4) 4. Scott Warner, 1986 (35-6) 5. Don Roesler, 1979 (28-5) 6. Bruce Stubbs, 1978 (28-7) 7. Roger Pettersson, 1996 (27-7) George Morrissey, 1979 (27-7) 9. Roger Pettersson, 1994 (30-8) 10. Pat Boies, 1991 (33-10) 11. Henner Nehles, 2005 (29-9)
.926 .893 .882 .854 .848 .800 .794 .794 .789 .767 .763
CAREER (Minimum Two Seasons) 1. Phil Agassi, 1982-83 (55-6) 2. Scott Warner, 1984-87 (112-32) 3. Bruce Stubbs, 1975-78 (80-26) 4. Roger Pettersson, 1993-96 (97-33) 5. Jerry Berg, 1976-78 (69-24) 6. Wayne Pickard, 1976-77 (47-17) 7. Scot Hunter, 1979-82 (91-35) 8. Henner Nehles, 2003-05 (52-21) 9. Asaf Tishler, 1996-99 (85-36) 10. Matt McDougall, 1980-83 (88-38) 11. George Morrissey, 1976-79 (89-39)
.902 .778 .755 .746 .742 .734 .722 .712 .703 .698 .695
33 31 28 28 28 28 27 27 25 25 25 25 25 25 91 89 85 84 81 81 75 73 70 69 69
SEASON (Minimum 20 Matches) 1. Greg Henderson, 1982 (21-2) Matt McDougall, 1981 (21-2) Scot Hunter, 1981 (21-2) 4. Jerry Berg, 1976 (25-3) 5. Tim Blenkiron, 1996 (20-3) 6. George Morrissey, 1977 (25-4) Murray Peterson, 1977 (25-4) 8. Asaf Tishler, 1996 (18-3) 9. Phil Agassi, 1982 (17-3) 10. Dan Knight, 1977 (22-4)
.913 .913 .913 .893 .870 .862 .862 .857 .850 .846
CAREER (Minimum Two Seasons) 1. Scot Hunter, 1979-81 (49-10) 2. Phil Agassi, 1982-83 (33-7) 3. Jerry Berg, 1976-78 (75-18) 4. Matt McDougall, 1980-83, (84-21) 5. Dan Knight, 1975-77 (58-16) 6. Scot Hunter, 1979-82 (89-25) 7. Asaf Tishler, 1996-99 (81-26) 8. Tim Blenkiron, 1994-97 (81-27) 9. Roger Pettersson, 1993-96 (81-30) Charles Olinger, 1993-94 (27-10)
.831 .825 .807 .800 .784 .781 .757 .750 .730 .730
UNLV GRAND SLAM TITLES
(L-R) Tim Blenkiron, Head Coach Dr. Larry Easley and Luke Smith
AWESOME AUSSIES SHOCK TENNIS WORLD
Luke Smith 1997 NCAA SINGLES & DOUBLES CHAMPION
Tim Blenkiron 1997 NCAA DOUBLES CHAMPION
YOU GO, YUGOS!
Luke Smith entered the 1997 NCAA Championships at UCLA as the country’s 65th-ranked singles player and exited as his school’s first national champion in the sport. The senior from Australia unleashed a punishing serve to mow down all challengers in straight sets over five days, including a 6-1, 7-5 victory over USC’s George Bastl in the historic final. Perhaps even more stunning, Smith teamed with senior Tim Blenkiron to also run the table in doubles play. The duo’s wild week culminated in a 6-4, 6-4 win over the same Trojan foe Bastl and his partner Kyle Spencer to earn UNLV’s fifth NCAA title in any sport. Smith, who became only the second player in 20 years to earn both crowns in the same year, played in the main draw of the U.S. Open and again teamed with Blenkiron in the national doubles event.
Only a year after UNLV’s first two NCAA championships, the school’s third Collegiate Grand Slam title came from an unlikely source. A sophomore duo from Belgrade (the former Yugoslavia) – Nenad Zivkovic and Gregor Skorin – traveled to Baltimore’s Suburbran Racquet Club ranked 25th in the nation and beat four top-20 duos to take home the trophy of the 1998 T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championship. After rallying to nip the tournament’s seventh seed in the first round, Zivkovic/Skorin also needed a tiebreaker to move into the quarterfinals. Because of bad weather, the final three rounds of the event were pushed onto one day – September 28. The morning started with a quarterfinal win over fourth-seeded and ninth-ranked Esteban Carril and Martin Jirak of TCU, 6-2, 6-3. Then came a 7-6, 7-5 semifinal victory over 16th-ranked Cary Franklin and Oliver Freelove of Illinois. And in the finals, the Rebel tandem defeated 17th-ranked Myles Clouston and Raul Munoz of Wake Forest 6-1, 6-4. Just 10 weeks later, after compiling an 8-2 fall tournament record, Zivkovic and Skorin earned the first No. 1 national ranking -men’s or women’s, singles or doubles Gregor Skorin (left) and teammate Nenad Zivkovic -- in UNLV history.
(right) won the school’s third Grand Slam title at the Clay Court championships in 1998.
REBEL ALL-AMERICANS Thomas Schneiter
2002 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN 2002 ITA REGIONAL SENIOR OF THE YEAR 2002 UNLV CO-SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR TWO-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE THREE-TIME MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Thomas Schneiter transferred to UNLV from the University of Oregon but did not leave the desert until turning in one of the top senior campaigns in school history. After a non-descript junior season, The Can’t-Miss-Swiss moved to the squad’s No. 1 singles spot and served notice with a win over UCLA’s 13th-ranked Marcin Matkowski at an individual tournament in January. Schneiter went on to compile a 15-4 dual-match record that included a nine-match winning streak but was highlighted by undeniably one of the top matches in UNLV tennis history. On April 6, 2002, with his team being soundly beaten by fourth-ranked Pepperdine, Schneiter rallied to forge the Miracle of Malibu when he won a third-set tiebreaker over the nation’s top-ranked player, Al Garland, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Losing only once in conference play, Schneiter was tabbed All-MWC for the second straight spring and set a school record in being named conference player of the week three times in the same season. Having earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championship, he picked up his school’s first win at the event since 1997 with a straight-set victory over Big West Conference Player of the Year Carlos Palencia of UCSB. Needing one more victory to reach All-America status, Schneiter came up huge once more by upsetting another UCLA star, 10th-ranked Tobias Clemens, 6-4, 6-3. Despite being ousted by the tourney’s top seed the next day, Schneiter became his school’s fifth All-American and first in a half-decade. Only the second men’s tennis player tabbed UNLV Sportsman of the Year, Schneiter’s effort was capped by being named ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year.
UNLV RECORD Year 2001-02 2000-01 Total
Singles 24-8 11-8 35-16
Doubles 10-13 10-7 20-20
1 1997 NCAA SINGLES & DOUBLES CHAMPION 11997 SINGLES & DOUBLES ALL-AMERICAN 11996 DOUBLES ALL-AMERICAN T TWO-TIME ROLEX ALL-STAR TEAM SEVEN-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE S 22008 UNLV HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Luke Smith forged a permanent pe place in NCAA tennis lore in May 1997 by turning UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center into his personal playground en route to sweeping two national championships in near-blowout manner. Head Coach Larry Easley had not even seen Smith play a single point when the scrawny 17-year-old from Australia hit Las Vegas in fall of 1993 as a tag-along recruit with fellow-countryman Tim Blenkiron. However, by his senior year, Smith’s body and maturity level had caught up with his powerful serve. Ranked 65th, Smith led the Rebels to a No. 1 seed in the WAC Championships. He fell in the league finals but it would mark Smith’s last-ever collegiate defeat. He won twice in the regionals and then ripped off five more victories en route to the NCAA singles title. Unleashing a devastatingly accurate service game, Smith steam rolled into the finals and dispatched George Bastl of USC, 6-1, 7-6, to win his school’s first-ever Grand Slam title. It just took a few hours to win another. Later that day he teamed with Blenkiron to win the doubles crown in straight sets to become the first unseeded player to win both in the same year. Smith’s run, however, did not end there. Turning professional, he continued his tear while touring in a satellite event and picked up more championships while his winning streaks reached an incredible 15 in singles and 21 in doubles matches over the summer. He played in the main draw of the U.S. Open in both singles and doubles and staged a triumphant return home by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in doubles. After various injuries cut his pro career short, the former member of the Australian Davis Cup Team became an instructor at the Peter Smith Tennis Academy. He returned to campus in 2008 to be inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame along with his former doubles partner.
UNLV RECORD Year 1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 1993-94 Total
Singles 23-15 20-10 10-11 12-7 65-43
Doubles 27-11 31-7 14-11 13-6 85-35
REBEL ALL-AMERICANS Tim Blenkiron
Roger Pettersson 1996 SINGLES & DOUBLES ALL-AMERICAN
1 1997 NCAA DOUBLES CHAMPION 1996-97 21-13 28-10 11997 DOUBLES ALL-AMERICAN 1995-96 17-9 20-3 1994-95 12-9 14-9 11997 NCAA DOUBLES CHAMPION 1993-94 19-9 19-5 11997 ROLEX ALL-STAR TEAM Total 69-40 81-27 THREE-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE T 22008 UNLV HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE One half of UNLV’s only national n champion duo, Tim Blenkiron was a lanky power player from Down Under who finished as a member of three conference championship teams. His four-year career (1994-97) included climbing to ninth on the all-time singles victories list, but it was in doubles play that the rangy Blenkiron made his real mark. Not only did he stand fifth on the school’s career list for doubles wins, but he also earned first team all-conference honors with three different partners. It was the final of his teammate trio, fellow Aussie Luke Smith, who helped Blenkiron reach glory. The pair, which entered the 1997 postseason ranked 19th, tore off a string of five victories at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, only losing two sets along the way. The final, 6-4, 6-4, win over USC’s George Bastl and Kyle Spencer made Blenkiron and Smith NCAA champions in their final collegiate match. Retired from competitive tennis, Blenkiron married former Lady Rebel Lisa Annebro in 1998 just months before graduating and taking a job as the UNLV men’s team assistant, which he served as for one year. Now a key player at the Team Agassi group in Las Vegas, Blenkiron entered the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
1995-96 27-7 *33-7 1994 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN 1994-95 24-10 11-6 1996 ITA OSUNA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD 1993-94 30-8 15-5 1996 ROLEX ALL-STAR TEAM 1992-93 16-8 12-9 1996 FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN Total 97-23 71-27 1994, 1995, 1996 CONFERENCE MVP *School Record SIX-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 2006 UNLV HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Quite simply the most accomplished and decorated UNLV tennis player ever, Roger Pettesson used his collegiate career from 1993-96 to earn national recognition for himself, his team and his university on and off the courts. The 1996 Rafael Osuna Award winner was named his school’s Sportsman of the Year as well as being UNLV’s choice for Big West Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. No less accomplished during play, he and partner Luke Smith were the school’s first-ever duo to qualify for the NCAA tournament in 1995. After a quick exit, they returned in 1996 and nearly won the thing, ultimately earning what was then the highest ranking of any kind at the school with the No. 2 spot. Pettersson ultimately re-wrote a large portion of the school’s record books, including earning a program-best No. 4 ranking in singles as both a sophomore and senior. Tied for second on the all-time victory list in singles, the Swede’s 33 doubles wins in 1996 are the best ever in Las Vegas. Only the second three-time winner of Big West Player of the Year honors, Pettersson’s most impressive doings may be have been leading the once-downtrodden Rebel program to its first conference title – and then another and then another (1994-96). Married in 1995 to former Lady Rebel Vicki Stephenson, Pettersson retired from competitive tennis after graduation to enter the business world and is now a hotel executive in Las Vegas. He was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
1987 SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN TWO-TIME CONFERENCE MVP THREE-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 1998 UNLV HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
UNLV RECORD Year 1986-87 1985-86 1984-85 1983-84 Total
Singles 31-12 *35-6 21-11 25-3 *112-32
Doubles 20-11 20-15 17-10 13-10 70-46
Hailing from coconut-covered South Florida, Scott Warner decided to leave his tennis-rich homeland and head west to mine Warner entered UNLV’s his future. His trek landed him at a young university whose tennis tradition had not yet burst beyond the desert. But he quickly Hall of Fame in 1998. changed all that. Serving it up in a forgettable facility that pre-dates the school’s current tennis palace, the big-hitting youngster from the Sunshine State soon grew into a man of firsts for a Rebel program that now commands national respect. The Warner Milestones are plentiful: First All-American for men’s or women’s tennis, first conference player of the year, first NCAA championships participant as well as the first Rebel to reach as far as the national quarterfinal. He was the school’s first three-time all-league performer, the first to net 35 victories in a season, and first to amass 100 wins in a career. Scott “Rocket” Warner, who went on to become a businessman back home, still stands tall atop the Rebel record books. And in 1998, Warner forged one more first. He became the initial UNLV tennis player – male or female – inducted into his school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
REBEL HONORS UNLV ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME 2008 — Luke Smith, Tim Blenkiron 2006 — Roger Pettersson 1998 — Scott Warner
ITA REGIONAL PLAYER TO WATCH 2007 — Elliot Wronski (Mountain) 1997 — Asaf Tishler (Mountain) 1994 — Roger Pettersson (Mountain)
ITA GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONSHIP 1998 — Nenad Zivkovic/Gregor Skorin (National Clay Court Doubles) 1997 — Luke Smith (NCAA Singles) 1997 — Luke Smith/Tim Blenkiron (NCAA Doubles)
ITA REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR 2007 — Owen Hambrook (Mountain) 2001 — Larry Easley (Mountain) 1998 — Larry Easley (Co) (Mountain)
ITA ALL-AMERICAN 2002 — Thomas Schneiter (Singles) 1997 — Luke Smith (Singles & Doubles) 1997 — Tim Blenkiron (Doubles) 1996 — Roger Pettersson (Singles & Doubles) 1996 — Luke Smith (Doubles) 1994 — Roger Pettersson (Singles) 1987 — Scott Warner (Singles) ROLEX COLLEGIATE ALL-STAR 1997 — Luke Smith (Singles) 1997 — Smith/Blenkiron (Doubles) 1996 — Pettersson/Smith (Doubles) ITA RAFAEL OSUNA SPORTSMAN AWARD 1996 — Roger Pettersson ITA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE 2009 — Luca Barlocchi, Mehdi Bouras Wesley Burrows, Bryan Miller 2008 — Luca Barlocchi, Wesley Burrows, Bryan Miller 2007 — Luca Barlocchi, Wesley Burrows 2006 — Wesley Burrows, David Campbell, Romain Massaro, Elliot Wronski 2005 — Milos Blagojevic, Romain Massaro, Henner Nehles, Aviram Salomon 2004 — Marko Blagojevic, Milos Blagojevic, Romain Massaro, Aviram Salomon 2003 — Milos Blagojevic, Aviram Salomon 2002 — Leslie Eisinga, Thomas Schneiter 2001 — Danny Erez 2000 — Danny Erez 1999 — Adam Thurgood, Asaf Tishler 1998 — Asaf Tishler 1996 — Roger Pettersson 1983 — Mike Morgan ITA ALL-AMERICA ACADEMIC TEAM 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 ITA REGIONAL ARTHUR ASHE LEADERSHIP AWARD 1998 — Asaf Tishler (VII) ITA REG. JOHN V. NOSTRAND AWARD 2001 — Nenad Zivkovic (VII) ITA REG. SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2005 — Henner Nehles (VII) 2002 — Thomas Schneiter (VII) 2001 — Nenad Zivkovic (VII) 1999 — Asaf Tishler (VII) ITA REGIONAL ASST. COACH OF THE YEAR 2002 — Stephane Matheu-Cambas (Mountain) 1998 — Doug Failla (Mountain)
ALL-CONFERENCE* 2009 — Mehdi Bouras, first team singles Elliot Wronski, first team singles Wronski/Luca Barlocchi first team doubles 2008 — Elliot Wronski, first team singles Luca Barlocchi, first team singles Wronski/David Campbell first team doubles 2007 — Elliot Wronski, first team singles Wronski/Brett Hunter, first team doubles 2006 — Joel Kielbowicz, first team singles Kielbowicz/David Campbell first team doubles 2005 — Henner Nehles, first team singles Joel Kielbowicz, first team singles Kielbowicz/David Campbell first team doubles 2004 — Henner Nehles, first team singles Aviram Salomon, first team singles 2003 — Henner Nehles, first team singles Aviram Salomon, first team singles 2002 — Thomas Schneiter, first team singles 2001 — Nenad Zivkovic, first team singles Thomas Schneiter, first team singles Zivkovic/Skorin, first team doubles 2000 — Danny Erez, first team singles Vladimir Pavicevic, first team singles Zivkovic/Skorin, first team doubles 1999 — Asaf Tishler, first team singles 1998 — Asaf Tishler, first team singles 1997 — Luke Smith, first team singles Smith/Blenkiron, first team doubles Asaf Tishler, second team doubles 1996 — Roger Pettersson, first team singles Luke Smith, first team singles Smith/Tishler, first team doubles Pettersson/Blenkiron, first team doubles Tim Blenkiron, second team singles Pettersson/Smith, second team doubles 1995 — Roger Pettersson, first team singles Luke Smith, first team singles Blenkiron/Norton, first team doubles Pettersson/Smith, first team doubles Tim Blenkiron, second team singles 1994 — Roger Pettersson, first team singles Luke Smith, first team singles Olinger/Smith, first team doubles Matt Rivera, second team singles Charles Olinger, second team singles Blenkiron/Norton, second team doubles 1993 — Roger Pettersson (No. 2 singles champion)* Matt Rivera (No. 3 singles runner-up)* Charles Olinger (No. 4 singles runner-up)* 1991 — Pat Boies (No. 4 singles champion)* 1987 — Scott Warner (No. 1 singles champion)* 1986 — Scott Warner (No. 1 singles champion)* 1984 — Scott Warner (No. 2 singles champion)* 1983 — Phil Agassi (No. 1 singles runner-up)* Matt McDougal (No. 2 singles runner-up)* Giller/Morgan (No. 1 doubles runner-up)* 1982 — Tim Giller (No. 3 singles champion)* *1983-1993 conference honorees decided by individual championships
Roger Pettersson was a threetime Big West Player of the Year. CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2005 — Henner Nehles (MWC) 1996 — Roger Pettersson (Big West) 1995 — Roger Pettersson (Big West) 1994 — Roger Pettersson (Co) (Big West) 1987 — Scott Warner (PCAA) 1986 — Scott Warner (PCAA) CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR 2009 — Mehdi Bouras (MWC) 2002 — Aviram Salomon (MWC) CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR 1996 — Larry Easley (Big West) 1995 — Larry Easley (Big West) 1994 — Larry Easley (Big West) CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK 2009 — Elliot Wronski (MWC: Feb. 4 & Feb. 18) 2008 — Elliot Wronski (MWC: Feb. 6) 2007 — Elliot Wronski (MWC: Feb. 22, March 16 & May 3) 2006 — Joel Kielbowicz (MWC: March 23) Brett Hunter (MWC: March 16) 2005 — Henner Nehles (MWC: Feb. 16 & March 23) Joel Kielbowicz (MWC: Feb. 23 & March 16) 2004 — Henner Nehles (MWC: Feb. 11 & April 7) 2003 — Henner Nehles (MWC: March 12) 2002 — Thomas Schneiter (MWC: Feb. 21, April 3 & 10) Aviram Salomon (March 27) 2001 — Nenad Zivkovic (MWC: Feb. 22) Danny Erez (March 21) 2000 — Danny Erez (MWC: Feb. 16) Vladimir Pavicevic (March 15) 1999 — Asaf Tishler (WAC: March 9 & April 13) 1998 — Gregor Skorin (WAC: Feb. 17) Asaf Tishler (March 24) 1997 — Luke Smith (WAC: Feb. 17 & April 7) Asaf Tishler (March 31) UNLV SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 2002 — Thomas Schneiter (Co) 1996 — Roger Pettersson CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN 2009 — Luca Barlocchi (District: Second team) 2006 — Romain Massaro (District: Second team) 1999 — Asaf Tishler (National: Third team)
REBEL ALL-TIME ROSTER -A-
Aanes, Eric (1989-92) Adams, Scott (1999) Agassi, Phil (1982-83) Alvarado, Charlie (2010-SA) Alvarez, Sammy (1980) Anderson, Bob (1968) Atkinson, Darren (1996) Atzet, Chris (1996)
Garvin, Sam (1985) Gatza, Jim (1984) Geba, Dorian (1989-90) Gilbert, Dru (1977) Giller, Tim (1982-83) Goldberg, Gregory (1995-96) Gonsalves, Kevin (1996) Gurousky, Tony (1978)
Barber, Ryan (2003) Barker, Leon (1977) Barlocchi, Luca (2007-SA) Barnum, Ken (1969-72) Basil, John (1978-80) Bastin, Michael (1991) Batton, Will (1997) Ben-Ray, Zohar (1984-86) Berg, Eric (1997) Berg, Jerry (1976-78) Bijelic, Slavko (2007) Blagojevic, Marko (2001, 2004) Blagojevic, Milos (2003-05) Blenkiron, Tim (1994-97) Bobb, Damu (1998-99) Boies, Pat (1990-93) Bolster, Pat (1973) Borr, Adam (1986) Boulet, Dominic (1996) Bouras, Mehdi (2009-SA) Bowman, Pete (1996) Bowyer, Wayne (1993) Bull, Alex (2010-SA) Burrows, Wesley (2006-09) Byrge, Harry (1970-72)
Hall, Kenji (1990) Hatfield, Crombie (1987-90) Hedegaard, Matt (2000) Henderson, Greg (1981-82) Hennessey, Matt (1992) Highfield, Russel (1976) Hill, Robin (1979) Hooper, Jonathan (2005-07) Hostalek, David (1989-92) Howarth, Rob (1996) Hubbard, Sean (2004-05) Hunter, Brett (2006-07) Hunter, Scot (1979-1982)
-CCambell, Billy (1989) David Campbell (2005-08) Cannon, Wick (1989) Carstens, Theis (1992) Claridge, Ryan (2001-02) Cohen, David (1990-92) Cook, Dave (1968-72) Coronado, Mark (1986-89) Craig, James (1982-86) Creel, Craig (1975)
-DDemchak, Robert (1978) DiMartino, David (2004) Dondich, Eric (1974-77) Douglas, Derek (2000, 2004)
-EEisen, Adam (1996) Eisinga, Leslie (2001-02) Ekstrand, Marcus (1994) Elliot, Dave (1978-80) Entzel, Lorin (1990-92) Erez, Danny (1998-2001)
-FFallon, Brandon (1998) Fayeghi, John (2004) Ferrari, Jim (1982-83) Flores, Michael (1979) Foley, Jeff (1984-85)
-IImber, Mike (1997)
-JJevtic, Misha (1990-92) Johnston, Doug (1975)
-KKampschror, Kevin (1997) Keays, Harry (1975-77) Kielbowicz, Joel (2003-06) Kimoff, Steve (1982) Kirk, Steve (1984) Knight, Dan (1975-77) Konyves, Kasper (2010-SA) Kosik, Frank (1975) Kunkel, Matthew (2007-SA)
Schrader, Thomas (1995) Scott, Jim (1975-77) Sena, Ed (1982) Silva, Alex (1978-79) Skorin, Gregor (1998-2001) Smith, Luke (1994-97) Soard, Randy (1967-69) Streek, Dan (1982) Stubbs, Bruce (1975-78) Sullivan, Tom (1984-87) Swaino, John (1991)
-NNehles, Henner (2003-05) Nord, Kris (1977) Norton, Rob (1994-95)
-OOlinger, Charles (1993-94)
-PPavicevic, Vladimir (2000) Paez, Roger (1996-97) Parlade, Robbie (1999-2000) Pelton, Eric (1999-2000) Peterson, Murray (1977) Pettersson, Roger (1993-96) Pickard, Wayne (1976-77) Piercy, Ralph (1973) Pohjola, Julius (1995, 1997) Polanco, John (1995-96)
-RRaizk, Robert (1976-77) Raynor, Ivan (1968-69) Redelinghuys, Martin (2005) Rey, Rodrigo (1994) Rhodes, John (1981) Richheimer, Gideon (1994) Rivera, Matt (1993-94) Roberts, Tyler (1999-2000) Roe, Mike (1968-72) Roesler, Don (1979-80) Rosenthal, Lee (1986-87, â€˜89-90) Ruegamer, Rene (2010-SA)
-SSalomon, Aviram (2002-05) Schermerhorn, G. (1981-82) Schneiter, Thomas (2001-02) Schoeman, Bernard (2010-SA)
Tafazoli, Artin (2001) Taitz, Brett (1995) Tapernoux, Andy (1997-99) Thorson, Duke (1980-81) Thurgood, Adam (1999-2000) Tishler, Asaf (1996-99) Tomiyasu, Robert (1987-90) Tondre, Noah (2002) Toth, Attila (2009-SA) Tsunoda, Yuta (1987-90) Tug, Romain (2002)
-VVinson, Robert (1990-91)
-WWaller, Mike (1980-83) Warner, Scott (1984-87) Wilson, Ed (1967-68) Wolff, Kyle (1979-82) Wronski, Elliot (2006-09) Wulff, Nikolaj (2009)
-ZZivkovic, Nenad (1998-2001)
REBEL COACHING HISTORY
-LLorring, Paul (1975) Lowenstein, Yoav (1997)
-MMaccanello, Dan (1995-97) Madersbacher, Andy (1999) Mahlangu, Richman (1988) Malm, Christopher (1984) Margulis, Sean (2004) Markel, Johannes (2010-SA) Massaro, Romain (2003-06) Mateljan, Eric (1993-94) Maurer, Andreas (2002) Mauz, Norm (1984-85) McCauley, John (1986-87) McDonald, Steve (1986) McDougall, Matt (1980-83) McNamara, James (1982-83) Medrano, Scott (1986) Menster, Greg (1977-80) Michaud, Thomas (2002) Miller, Greg (1986) Morgan, Mike (1982-83) Morrisseau, Lyle (1984) Morrissey, George (1976-79)
Fred Albrecht (1974-83)
Seasons Record Pct. 9 230-80 .742
Craig Witcher (1986-91)
Seasons Record Pct. 6 82-86 .488
Mike Mushkin (1984)
Seasons Record Pct. 1 14-11 .560
Dr. Larry Easley (1992-2003)
Seasons Record Pct. 12 141-120 .540
Jack Pate (1985)
Seasons Record Pct. 1 14-11 .560
Owen Hambrook (2004-SA)
Seasons Record Pct. 6 78-62 .557
NOTE: Records incomplete from 1969-73
REBELS AT THE NCAAS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 2007 – ELLIOT WRONSKI (1-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Wronski (UNLV) def. Alex Schweizer (Auburn) 6-4, 7-6 Second Round Singles Kevin Anderson (Illinois) def. Wronski 6-1, 6-3
ROGER PETTERSSON 1994, ‘95, ‘96 SINGLES 1995, ‘96 DOUBLES
2005 – HENNER NEHLES (1-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Nehles (UNLV) def. Scott Brown (Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-4 Second Round Singles Franticek Babej (South Alabama) def. Nehles 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 2004 – HENNER NEHLES (0-0 in tour.) First Round Singles Withdrew from field because of injury
1996, ‘97 SINGLES 1995, ‘96, ‘97 DOUBLES
2002 – THOMAS SCHNEITER (2-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Schneiter (UNLV) def. Carlos Palencia (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5 Second Round Singles Schneiter def. (9-16) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3 Third Round Singles (1) Matias Boeker (UGA) def. Schneiter 6-2, 6-1 2001 – NENAD ZIVKOVIC (0-0 in tour.) First Round Singles Withdrew from field because of injury
HENNER NEHLES 2004, ‘05 SINGLES
1998, ‘99 SINGLES
SCOTT WARNER 1986, ‘87 SINGLES
1999 – ASAF TISHLER (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles (1) James Blake (Harvard) def. Tishler (UNLV) 6-2, 6-3 1999 – NENAD ZIVKOVIC/ GREGOR SKORIN (0-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles (3) Jean-Noel Grinde/Jong Ming-Lee (UCLA) def. Zivkovic/Skorin (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3 1998 – ASAF TISHLER (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles (9-16) Michael Baldas (Georgia) def. Tishler (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3 1997 – LUKE SMITH (6-0 in tour.) First Round Singles Smith (UNLV) def. Oliver Mayo (Virginia Tech) 6-4, 6-1 Second Round Singles Smith def. Cedric Kauffman (Kentucky) 6-3, 6-3 Third Round Singles Smith def. Kevin Kim (UCLA) 6-2, 6-4 Fourth Round Singles Smith def. Ivan Rodrigo (Miami, Fla.) 6-3, 6-4 Semifinal Singles Smith def. Oliver Tauma (VCU) 7-6 , 6-2 Final Singles - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Smith def. George Bastl (USC) 6-1, 7-6
1997 – LUKE SMITH/ TIM BLENKIRON (5-0 in tour.) First Round Doubles Smith/Blenkiron (UNLV) def. Chris James/Derek Myers (Purdue) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Second Round Doubles Smith/Blenkiron def. Tim Crichton/Tom Hamilton (Arkansas) 6-1, 6-3 Third Round Doubles Smith/Blenkiron def. Nick Crowell/Paul Martin (Texas) 7-6, 7-6 Semifinal Doubles Smith/Blenkiron def. Mitty Arnold/Tom Blake (Harvard) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Final Doubles - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Smith/Blenkiron def. George Bastl/Kyle Spencer (USC) 6-4, 6-4
1995 – ROGER PETTERSSON (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Srdjan Muskatirovic (Miami) def. Pettersson (UNLV) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 1995 – ROGER PETTERSSON/LUKE SMITH (0-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles Steven Baldas/Jamie Laschinger (Georgia) def. Pettersson/Smith (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4 1994 – ROGER PETTERSSON (0-1) First Round Singles Jamie Laschinger (Georgia) def. Pettersson (UNLV) 7-6, 6-2
2001 SINGLES 1999 DOUBLES
THOMAS SCHNEITER 2002 SINGLES
1986 – SCOTT WARNER (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Kimmo Alkio (Texas A&M) def. Warner (UNLV) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
1996 – ROGER PETTERSSON (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Enrique Abaroa (Kansas) def. Pettersson (UNLV) 6-4, 6-3 1996 – LUKE SMITH (0-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Scott Treibly (New Mexico) def. Smith (UNLV) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 1996 – ROGER PETTERSSON/ LUKE SMITH (3-1 in tour.) First Round Doubles Pettersson/Smith (UNLV) def. Tylir Jimenez/ Dieter Schwendinger (Texas Tech) 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3 Second Round Doubles Pettersson/Smith def. Mark Loughrin/ B.J. Stearns (Texas) 6-3, 6-2 Third Round Doubles Pettersson/Smith def. Ernesto Diaz/Albin Polonyi (Boise State) 6-7 (8-6), 6-2, 6-4 Semifinal Doubles Justin Gimelstob/Srdjan Muskatirovic (UCLA) def. Pettersson/Smith 6-3, 6-0
1987 – SCOTT WARNER (3-1 in tour.) First Round Singles Warner (UNLV) def. Young Min Kwon (Millersville) 6-3, 6-4 Second Round Singles Warner def. Ken Kupperstein (Arizona State) 7-6, 7-5 Third Round Singles Warner def. Jonas Svensson (Minnesota) 6-4, 6-4 Fourth Round Singles Mark Kaplan (UC Irvine) def. Warner 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
GREGOR SKORIN 1999 DOUBLES
TIM BLENKIRON 1997 DOUBLES
2007 – NCAA UCLA REGIONAL-Los Angeles Lost 4-0 to UCLA in semifinals 1999 – NCAA REGIONAL VII-Fresno Lost 4-0 to Fresno State in semifinals 1998 – NCAA REGIONAL VII-Las Vegas Won 4-3 over Fresno State in first round Lost 4-3 to Pepperdine in semifinals 1997 – NCAA REGIONAL VII-Las Vegas Won 4-3 over New Mexico in first round Lost 4-2 to Fresno State in semifinals 1996 – NCAA REGIONAL VIII-Las Vegas Won 4-1 over California in first round Lost 4-3 to Pepperdine in semifinals 1995 – NCAA REGIONAL VIII-Los Angeles Lost 4-1 to San Diego in semifinals 1994 – NCAA REGIONAL VII-Los Angeles Lost 4-1 to California in first round
UNLV CAMPUS FACTS
ombining the excitement of an urban location with the charm of a traditional campus, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers students a full educational and social experience. Just decades old, UNLV has maintained a healthy rate of growth in enrollment, programs and scholastic excellence as part of the eight-component Nevada System of Higher Education. Located in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, UNLV has matured along with the Las Vegas area. With enrollment more than doubling the last decade, the tremendous growth has meant a flurry of construction resulting in a campus setting boasting academic and athletic facilities second to none. Steadily becoming a traditional residential university, UNLV provides on-campus housing for more than 2,000 students. A variety of student clubs and organizations along with 26 Greek organizations supplement the social development of students. From within its 15 schools and colleges, including the new William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV is also becoming a leading research institution of the West. The school’s scientific, social science, and business programs attract millions of dollars in research grants annually to fund projects in desert biology, nuclear waste transportation, laser physics, public opinion surveys and many others. In addition to traditional student programs, UNLV serves diverse local, national and international communities through its Educational Outreach Division, offering Summer Term, Continuing Education and Distance Education programs enrolling more than 53,000 students annually. With its Performing Arts Center, the campus is the cultural hub of Southern Nevada. World-class orchestras and soloists, dance and theater arts combine to provide a broad selection of concerts and stage productions. The Barrick Lecture Series and several campus organizations bring noted speakers to the University, and local and visiting artists show their works in the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. UNLV has excellent athletic facilities as well, many open for student and public use. Opened in 1957 as the southern regional division of the University of Nevada with a total of 28 students, UNLV now is home to more than 28,000 students coming from every county in Nevada, all 50 U.S. states and 88 countries. Much of UNLV’s tremendous expansion is the result of support from the Nevada Legislature and
Campus founded ......................................... 1957 Campus size ..........................................358 acres Total enrollment ......................................... 28,605 Average undergraduate class size ................... 31 Average graduate class size ............................ 15 Average undergraduate age ............................. 24 Average graduate age ...................................... 34 Female students ............................................ 55% Male students ................................................ 45% Total employees........................................... 3,168 Faculty with doctorates .................................. 90% Faculty with terminal degrees ........................ 95% Undergraduate degree programs and certificates...... 108 Graduate/Professional degree programs and certificates..... 138 Total 2007-08 graduates .............................. 5,481 Undergraduate per-credit fee .................. $142.50 Graduate per-credit fee ........................... $217.75
the state’s taxpayers. Private donors have played an important role as well. These gifts support new facilities and programs and, most important, provide the scholarship incentives that bring Nevada’s best and brightest student scholars to campus. UNLV operates an on-campus Center for Business and Economic Research, Center for Economic Education, Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies (in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Desert Biology Research Center, Center for Survey Research, Nuclear Waste Transportation Research Center and other research and public-service centers. Offering 108 undergraduate programs and 138 graduate tracts, UNLV graduated a class of more than 5,481 last year. The University operates on a semester system and is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools, the American Council of Education and the Western College Association. All of the University’s academic programs are fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and many programs have received further accreditation from independent national accreditation bodies.
UNLV PRESIDENT DR. NEAL J. SMATRESK
r. Neal J. Smatresk was named President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Aug. 6, 2009. Since 2007, he had served as Executive Vice President and Provost, where he was responsible for leadership and administration of all academic and research programs, spanning 15 colleges and two professional schools. Dr. Smatresk received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he joined the University of Texas, Arlington (UTA) department of biology in 1982. In his 22 years at UTA, he served as Chair of Biology and later Dean of Science, until his appointment as the chief academic officer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2004. During his tenure, the University of Hawaii at Manoa entered the ranks of the top 25 federally funded institutions, gained three National Academy of Science members, and received recognition from
the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Confucius Institute, an honor shared by only 11 other U.S. institutions. Dr. Smatresk has received a number of teaching awards, and his research in cardiorespiratory physiology has resulted in over 50 papers and book chapters, and grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. As the chief academic officer of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Smatresk has led the efforts to forge a new strategic plan that commits to improving educational access and success for its diverse students, to provide regionally responsive research growth for the improvement and diversification of the Southern Nevada economic base, and to supply critically needed services for this rapidly growing region. In addition to his teaching and administrative roles, Smatresk has devoted considerable effort to kindergarten to doctorate (K-20) science outreach programs and teacher professional development and has participated in a number of consortia focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career development. He has been deeply engaged in community college articulation efforts in Texas, Hawaii and now in Nevada and has worked to expand educational opportunity and access for underserved populations.
ALL-TIME PRESIDENTS William D. Carlson Donald C. Moyer Roman J. Zorn Donald Baepler Brock Dixon Leonard â€œPatâ€? Goodall Robert C. Maxson Kenny Guinn (interim) Carol C. Harter David B. Ashley Neal Smatresk
1957-65 1965-68 1969-74 1974-78 1978-79 1979-84 1984-94 1994-95 1995-06 2006-09 2009-SA 45
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR JIM LIVENGOOD
ringing with him a wealth of experience and the reputation as one of the nation’s top administrators, Jim Livengood was introduced as UNLV’s 11th full-time Director of Athletics on Dec. 17, 2009. Livengood came to UNLV following a successful tenure of more than 15 years at the University of Arizona where he oversaw an athletics program that annually competed for championships not only in the Pac-10 Conference but also at a national level, maintained a high academic standard for its student-athletes and continually operated its $43 million budget in the black. His fiscal leadership helped Arizona remain one of the lone black-ink athletics programs among a small handful of institutions that rely exclusively on generated funds and do not receive state-appropriated monies. During his time in Tucson, he served as the Pacific-10 Conference president, chair of the Pac-10 Athletic Directors Revenue Sharing Committee and a member of the conference's Bowl Committee and Basketball Tournament Subcommittee. He also was a member of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, the NCAA Fellows program, NACDA President, and chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, on which he served five years. His work at Arizona and its extension on the national level earned him an Athletic Director of the Year Award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2006 for Division I-A.
Livengood initiated Campaign Arizona, which raised more than $130 million for athletic facility improvements and endowments while the Wildcats maintained a top-25 competitive record in the NACDA Directors' Cup (formerly Sears Cup), including high rankings of sixth in 1993-94, fourth in 1994-95, seventh in 1995-96, sixth in both 199697 and 1997-98 and ninth in 2001-02. That record reflects success throughout Arizona's broad-based program, highlighted by participation in the 1994 and 2001 NCAA Men's Final Four and champions of the 1997 NCAA Men's National Basketball Tournament. Arizona also won the 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Women's Softball College World Series titles, the 1996 and 2000 NCAA Women's Golf titles and the 2008 men's and women's NCAA Swimming Championships. UA's student-athlete graduation rate continued to be historically higher than that of the general student body rate during his tenure at UA. Nearly 100 student-athletes earned conference or regional all-academic honors, and 20 percent of UA student-athletes attained honors-level cumulative grade point averages. Livengood is a member of the NCAA Fellows Program to mentor new athletic directors, has served as a member of the NCAA Peer Review Team from 1994-99, the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force, and the Women's Committee on Athletics. He has been a member of the NACDA Preseason Football Games Committee since 2000 and was a member of the NACDA Strategic Planning Committee from 1999-2001. He served as NACDA president in 1998-1999, and in 1999 was named Division I-A Athletic Director of the Year. He is also a member of the Division 1-A Athletic Directors Association, having served as president of that association in 1998. Livengood spent six years as the Athletics Director at Washington State University from 1988-93 where he developed what is still widely regarded as a model gender-equity program. In addition he laid the groundwork for a studentathlete wellness center that is regarded as one of the finest in the nation. Livengood began his administrative career in 1980 as the Associate Director for Development and Public Relations at Washington State before becoming the Athletics
Director at SouthALL-TIME ern Illinois, a posi- ATHLETICS DIRECTORS tion he held until Michael “Chub” Drakulich 1958-72 1973-80 returning to Wash- Bill Ireland Al Negratti 1980 ington State. Charles Bucher 1981 Born March Brad Rothermel 1981-90 28, 1945, in Walla Dennis Finfrock 1991 1992-94 Walla, Wash., he Jim Weaver 1995 received his bach- Fred Albrecht (Interim) Charles Cavagnaro 1995-2001 elor's degree from John Robinson 2002-03 Brigham Young Fred Albrecht (Interim) 2003 2003-09 University in 1968 Mike Hamrick 2009 and completed his Jerry Koloskie (Interim) Jim Livengood 2009-SA fifth-year education requirement for teaching certification at Central Washington University in 1972. He taught and served as an assistant football coach and track coach at Moses Lake High School in Washington in 1968-69, and as head football and basketball coach and counselor at Ephrata High School in Washington from 1972-80 before moving into athletics administration. Jim and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, Michelle, a lawyer in Tucson, and Jeremy, who resides in Phoenix. Both children are University of Arizona graduates. Michelle earned her law degree in May 2000 and Jeremy graduated in December 1999. The Livengoods are the proud grandparents of twin daughters, Emma and Isabella, born to Michelle and husband, Jack Murphy, in March 2009.
STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
Chair, Las Vegas
Vice Chair, Reno
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Carson City
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Las Vegas
Regent, Las Vegas
CEDRIC CREAR Regent, Las Vegas
LIED ATHLETIC COMPLEX
Opened in 1996, the $8.5 million Lied Athletic Complex remains one of the nation’s premier on-campus sports facilities. The Lied, honored with Athletic Management magazine’s 1997 Award of Excellence, was exclusively funded by private donations beginning with a cornerstone gift of $4 million from the Lied Foundation Trust, through its trustee Ms. Christina Hixson, in 1993. A generous $1.5 million gift from Si and Marilyn Redd provided the Lied with a state-of-the-art sports medicine center for preventative and rehabilitative care. This 8,500-square-foot center includes a doctor’s office and examination room, a taping room, an aquatic therapy room, two additional therapy and rehabilitation areas and a self-contained drug-testing facility.
The Ernie Becker Sr. Strength and Conditioning Center features 8,500 square feet of main floor containing Olympic platforms, free weights, power racks and more than 60 weight stations. Additionally, a 1,200-square-foot balcony offers areas for plyometrics, stretching and aerobics. The Lied’s 10,000-square-foot equipment center provides studentathlete support service featuring laundry, equipment and storage. The Conrad Hilton Foundation provided funding for the Barron Hilton Auditorium located inside the Lied Athletic Complex. This 328-seat auditorium provides student-athletes with study hall facilities including individual meeting rooms for tutorial support and team meetings. Designed with all Rebel sports in mind, the Lied Athletic Complex offers every student-athlete the best possible environment to pursue their athletic and academic dreams.
THE HONORARY LETTERMEN’S WALL
The Lettermen’s Wall stands as a permanent tribute to those men and women of vision who, through their generosity, have enhanced the lives and experiences of UNLV student-athletes through their contributions to the construction of the Lied Athletic Complex. The wall transforms a male and female UNLV student-athlete into beautiful etched images on polished crystal plaques.
HONORARY LETTERMEN Don Ackerman • Ernie Becker, Sr. • William S. Boyd • Sharyn & Jay Brown • James Cashman, Jr. • Frank & Vicki Fertitta • Michael Gaughan • Herman T. Kishner Memorial • Jerry M. & Sue Lykins • Charles L. Ruthe • Richard Tam • Tom Wiesner • Hazel & Earl Wilson • Ruth & Mel Wolzinger 47 47
THOMAS & MACK CENTER
One of the premier on-campus athletic and entertainment facilities in the nation, the 18,500-seat Thomas & Mack Center is primarily home to the world-famous UNLV Runninâ€™ Rebel Basketball team. The venue, which underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 1999 that included a new exterior look, hosted the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend.
FRANK AND VICKI FERTITTA TENNIS COMPLEX
With seating for up to 2,000 fans, the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex is unquestionably one of the nationâ€™s finest and most complete collegiate tennis facilities. Opened in 1992, the complex recently underwent a $2 million upgrade.
JIM ROGERS FIELD AT ELLER MEDIA STADIUM Thanks to donations from Eller Media, Jim Rogers, Jerry and Sue Lykins, other UNLV Athletics donors, and the UNLV Foundation, the Rebel softball team began play at Eller Media Stadium in the spring of 2002. The newest facility on campus was completed in November 2001 at a cost of $2.7 million and provides accommodations for 770 fans.
The home of the UNLV swimming and diving team boasts a 50-meter indoor pool with a 25-yard deepend course for racing. The facility, which features spectator seating for 1,200, has hosted several national and regional meets.
PETER JOHANN MEMORIAL FIELD
The UNLV soccer program boasts one of the top facilities on the West Coast in the 2,500-seat Peter Johann Memorial Soccer Field, which was dedicated in 1983.
SAM BOYD STADIUM
Complete with 36,800 seats for sporting events, versatile Sam Boyd Stadium is not only the home of Rebel Football, but also houses major concert events. It is also the site of the annual MAACO Bowl Las Vegas clash as well as having served as home to the XFL’s Las Vegas Outlaws and the CFL’s Las Vegas Posse.
SHEILA TARR SMITH FIELD AT MYRON PARTRIDGE STADIUM
Named after two greats in Southern Nevada track and field, the Myron Partridge Stadium and Sheila Tarr Smith field is one of the top collegiate track and field facilities in the country. Nine 48-inch lines circle the track, complete with a steeplechase bar and pit, two pole vault pits, two high jump areas, two long jump/triple jump lanes, two shot put slabs, ample room for hammer and javelin events and seating for up to 1,000 spectators.
ROGER BARNSON FIELD AT EARL E. WILSON STADIUM
Dedicated in 1994, the $1.5 million, 3,000seat Wilson Stadium gives the Hustlin’ Rebel baseball program one of the finest homes in college baseball.
With its grand opening in 2001, the Cox Pavilion became the perfect complement to the Thomas & Mack Center. A multipurpose state-of-the-art venue with seating for up to 3,000 fans, it serves as the home for the Rebel volleyball and women’s basketball teams and offers a practice location for all of UNLV’s court sports. 49 49
5 Conference championships 2 Regular season championship 15 All-Americans, 36 times 11 Conference MVPs 8 Conference Coaches of the Year
3 NCAA finals appearance 7 NCAA regional appearances 1 NCAA individual appearance 3 Conference championships 3 All-Americans, 5 times 3 Conference MVPs 3 Conference Freshmen of the Year 2 Conference Coaches of the Year
FOOTBALL 2 Conference championships 3 Bowl game victories 9 All-Americans, 13 times 9 Conference MVPs 1 Conference Student-Athlete of Year 3 Conference Coaches of the Year 4 Conference Freshmen of the Year 2 Freshman All-Americans
MEN’S BASKETBALL 1 NCAA team championship 4 Final Four appearances 16 NCAA tournament appearances 14 Conference championships 11 League tournament titles 18 All-Americans, 26 times 1 John Wooden Award Winner 12 NBA first round draft picks
1 NCAA team championship 2 NCAA individual champions 20 Consecutive NCAA berths 6 Conference championships 4 NCAA West Regional titles 6 Conference individual titles 20 All-Americans, 38 times 3 NCAA Regional medalists 2 National Coach of the Year Awards 1 Ben Hogan Award Winner 1 Jack Nicklaus Award Winner 1 Fred Haskins Award Winner 1 Golfstat Award Winner 1 National Freshman of the Year 9 Conference MVPs 2 Conference Freshmen of the Year
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 8 NCAA tournament appearances 1 WNIT runner-up finish 4 Conference championships 5 League tournament titles 9 All-Americans, 14 times 1 National Freshman of the Year 5 Conference MVPs 2 Conference Freshmen of the Year
BASEBALL 10 NCAA Regional appearances 10 Conference championships 17 All-Americans, 20 times 4 Conference MVPs 1 Conference Coach of the Year
WOMEN’S SWIMMING 4 Conference titles 7 All-Americans, 16 times 15 Conference MVPs 4 Conference Coaches of the Year
5 NCAA tournament appearances 4 Conference championships 1 League tournament title 2 All-Americans, 3 times 5 Conference MVPs 2 Conference Coach of the Year 1 Freshman of the Year
SOFTBALL 9 NCAA tournament appearances 3 College World Series berths 1 Conference title 12 All-Americans, 20 times 1 Olympic Gold Medallist, 3 times 2 Conference Coaches of the Year, 5 times 4 Conference MVPs, 5 times 2 Conference Pitchers of the Year 1 Conference Freshman of the Year
WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 NCAA Tournament appearances 2 Conference title 3 Conference MVPs 2 League tournament title 2 Conference Coaches of the Year
2008-09 HONOR ROLL PLAYER Zsuszanna Jakabos Therese Koelbaek Eddie Olson Wink Adams Camille Cunningham Lamar Neagle Eddie Olson René Rougeau Ashleigh Shoughro Ashleigh Shoughro
SPORT Women’s Swimming Women’s Golf Men’s Golf
HONOR/EVENT 400 IM Hon. Men. Hon. Men.
ALL-REGION/DISTRICT (6) Men’s Basketball Volleyball Men’s Soccer Men’s Golf Men’s Basketball Women’s Soccer Women’s Soccer
District 17 West Far West Pacific District 17 West West
ORG. NCAA Golfweek GCAA NABC AVCA NCSAA GCAA NABC NSCAA Soccer Buzz
CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR (2)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos Kier Maitland
Women’s Swimming Men’s Swimming
COACH OF THE YEAR (1)
CONFERENCE NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR (3)
Mehdi Bouras Cursty Jackson Jamie Smith
Men’s Tennis Volleyball Women’s Basketball
MWC MWC MWC
VOLLEYBALL 1 NCAA tournament appearance 1 Conference tournament title 2 Conference Freshman of the Year 2 Conference Coaches of the Year
MEN’S TENNIS 2 NCAA individual champions 3 Collegiate Grand Slam titles 5 NCAA tournament appearances 4 Conference championships 5 All-Americans, 9 times 6 Conference MVPs 3 Conference Coaches of the Year 2 Conference Freshman of the Year
WOMEN’S TENNIS 9 NCAA tournament appearances 3 Conference championships 2 Regular season championships 3 All-Americans, 4 times 1 National Rookie of the Year 8 Conference MVPs 1 Conference Student-Athlete of Year 1 Conference Freshman of the Year 2 Conference Coaches of the Year
TRACK & FIELD 2 NCAA individual champions 5 Conference outdoor titles 1 Conference indoor title 44 All-Americans, 83 times 1 U.S. Olympic Head Coach
Women’s Tennis 11th Season/162-79
Baseball 7th Season/173-188
Men’s Tennis 7th Season/78-62
Football 1st Season
Volleyball 6th Season/90-57
CUMULATIVE 2008-09 RECORDS OF UNLV INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAMS
DWAINE KNIGHT Men’s Golf 23rd Season
SPORT Baseball Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Cross Country Football Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Softball Men’s Swimming Women’s Swimming Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Indoor Track Outdoor Track Volleyball
OVERALL RECORD 26-32 21-11 14-18 NA/Reg. 5-7 NA/Reg. NA/Reg. 8-9-1 11-7-3 31-21 11-1 12-5 14-12 20-8 NA NA/Reg. 16-14
CONF. RECORD 9-15/5th 9-7/5th 5-11/7th NA/7th* 2-6/T6th NA/3rd* NA/3rd* 3-7-0/T4th 3-3-1/T4th 7-8/T3rd 5-0/1st* 5-3/2nd* 2-4/6th 8-0/1st NA/8th* NA/8th* 9-7/T4th
HEAD COACH Buddy Gouldsmith Lon Kruger Kathy Olivier Yvonne Scott Mike Sanford Dwaine Knight Missy Ringler Mario Sanchez Katherine Mertz Pete Manarino Jim Reitz Jim Reitz Owen Hambrook Kevin Cory Yvonne Scott Yvonne Scott Allison Keeley
^Indicates finish at NCAA Championships *Indicates finish at MWC Championships
LON KRUGER Men’s Basketball 6th Season/112-53
Softball 2nd Season/31-21
Women’s Soccer 5th Season/44-30-14
Women’s Basketball 2nd Season/14-18
Men’s & Women’s Swimming 30th Season
Women’s Golf 8th Season
Men’s Soccer 4th Season/16-34-5
Track & Field/Cross Country 3rd Season