Nov. 5, 2012
LAS VEGAS (SMU) - SMU freshman Nate Lammons only lost one set in the entire weekend, winning his group at the Easley Memorial Classic hosted by UNLV this past weekend. The doubles duo of Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki won the overall doubles title at the event as well, defeating the Rebels pair of Johannes Markel and Tama Batyi in straight sets.
Lammons has now won five straight matches going back to the Conference Challenge hosted by Texas A&M on Oct. 28. The second-year freshman beat UNLV's Bernard Schoeman 6-3; 6-2 on Sunday to clinch the title. Schoeman, a senior, is a former national juniors singles runner-up. Lammons also beat UNLV freshman Cody Miller (6-3; 6-1) and Oklahoma State senior Trevor Horstmann (7-6 (2); 6-4) in straight sets. UNLV senior Johannes Markel, the Rebels' top returning player, gave Lammons the toughest match in the semifinals, the only one Lammons would have to play three sets to win. Lammons cruised to a third-set win, 6-2; 5-7; 6-2.
Kazijevs and Nowicki benefitted in doubles by having the first seed, earning a first round bye, meaning the pair only had to win three matches to take the doubles title. The duo defeated Horstmann and Chris Haworth of OSU 8-6 in the first round, and followed that up with an 8-3 defeat of Schoeman and Ace Matias of UNLV in semifinals. Kazijevs and Nowicki finished the weekend with an 8-3 win over UNLV's Markel (a 2011 All-Mountain West doubles honoree) and Tamas Batyi to take the title.